Upcoming Flash Mobs

June 26th, 2003

Plans for two upcoming flash mobs have been announced.

Wake up, London, Tokyo and San Francisco. New York already scooped you on this; will you let Minneapolis beat you to the punch?

A group in Minneapolis is planning that city’s first flash mob ever, to take place July 22 at 6:25 pm. For more details visit the new Minneapolis mob homepage. (Thanks for the tip, Minneapolis Mob.)

New Yorkers are planning a third Gotham flash mob to begin July 2 at 7:04 pm; I’ve pasted the event announcement below, as it was e-mailed to cheesebikini. (Thanks for the tip, MOB project.)

Mob safely.

(If you’re wondering what a flash mob is, see this entry for an explanation.)

Here’s the announcement for the next New York event:

Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2003 21:45:21 -0700 (PDT)
From: The Mob Project
Subject: MOB #3

(Apologies to those who received an incomplete version

You are invited to take part in MOB, the project that
creates an inexplicable mob of people in New York City
for ten minutes or less. Please forward this to other
people you know who might like to join.


Q. For a mob to be inexplicable, does it need to take
place in an otherwise empty space?

A. No.

Location: Grand Central Terminal
Start time: Wednesday, July 2nd, 7:04 pm
Duration: less than 10 minutes

(1) During the day on July 2nd:
(a) Synchronize your watch to
(If that site doesn^³t work for you, try
(b) On the front of a $1 bill, write the word
“MOB” over the word “ONE” on the right-hand side. If
you are concerned about the legality of this, write in
pencil. Keep the $1 bill handy.
(c) Wear comfortable shoes.

(2) Arrive at Grand Central by 6:45 pm. By then,
representatives of the MOB will have stationed
themselves in or near the downstairs food court. They
will all be reading The New York Review of Books.
(NOTE: the covers of their copies might not be
visible. Please familiarize yourself with the fonts
and layout of that periodical before arriving at the

(3) Based on the month of your birth, specify one of
the following letters to the MOB representative:
A: January through April
B: May through August
C: September through December
You will be given a slip on which further instructions
will be printed. This slip is your “travel itinerary”
and may be consulted in public.

(4) MOB #3 consists of a series of short mobs. The
first will begin at 7:04. You may place yourself at
the MOB site up to two minutes beforehand — i.e.,

(5) Unlike in MOB #2, you do not know each other. Do
not speak to anyone, including other MOB participants.
If you are asked a question, limit your responses to
one of the following:

* “I am looking for my train”
* “I think these people may be taking the same train I
* “My train is supposed to leave from down here”
* “When I saw all these people come down here, I
figured I should too”
* “I am taking a train to [suburban town] to visit my
* “I am taking a train to a mob”

(6) Based on the itinerary, the MOB will end and you

(7) Return to what you would otherwise have been
doing. Await instructions for MOB #4.

14 Responses to “Upcoming Flash Mobs”

  1. comment number 1 by: Phil H

    London: We may not do it first, but we do do it best.

    Londoners? Are we ready?

  2. comment number 2 by: Glenn

    Londoners can’t mob. Everybody knows it.

  3. comment number 3 by: sean

    Now Glenn, you know how it is: people in bars are always prattling on about how Londoners are too frightened and proper to form a flash mob.

    In the past I’ve always responded with, “Shut yer gobs, you wankers. You don’t know a thing about Londoners.”

    But if this sad lack of London flash mob activity continues, who will listen? (At least the Aussie and Irish expats there could piece something together, one would think.)

  4. comment number 4 by: Phil H

    Methinks the biggest problem with trying to MOB in London is the sheer size of it. It’s much more sprawling than most US cities, and a bit difficult to get around.

    Although, thinking about it, a flotilla MOB on the Thames would be a fantastic sight…

  5. comment number 5 by: Pete

    more likely to get arrested over here I think… a london eye mob could be a laugh (and scare them stupid…)

    Where can we organise this london mob then? Or is it already being done?

  6. comment number 6 by: Mobstir Girl

    We won’t be scooped by the midwest!!! The first big San Francisco Mob is going to be on July 16th. We’ll show you all how it’s done.

  7. comment number 7 by: midwestscooper

    ha – no link. minneapolis wins!

  8. comment number 8 by: Satan's Laundromat

    MOB #3

    Well, I can’t say I wasn’t a bit disappointed that MOB #3 wasn’t in Grand Central. Instead, we met up there, went up to the balcony above the lobby of the Grand Hyatt, and applauded for fifteen seconds. We got…

  9. comment number 9 by: Farquah

    Am currently living in Tokyo and wandering if anyone has any info for mobbing here?!

  10. comment number 10 by: steve

    anyone know wheres the london mob info ??

  11. comment number 11 by: brakio

    send me some info on joining a flash mob in southeastern pennsylvania. I want to do one.

  12. comment number 12 by: Sean

    I’m interested in getting in on a flashmob in the Kansas City area, please contact me with info. Also, I’m writing an article for a college newspaper and I’m looking for people willing to talk to me about flashmobs.

  13. comment number 13 by: James

    Pennsylvania Flashmobs:

    Check it out!

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