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Flash Mop

Oh man, have you heard about these Flash Mobs? They are so rad. Secret email goes out to a bunch of cool people and then they all, like, get together somewhere and act like robots or worship dinosaurs or some other crazy thing. Hah hah! So awesome!

Now I totally want to do one here in Seattle! So I'm proud to announce that defective yeti's First Flash Mob takes place on August 17!

Here's the plan. Everybody meet up at the house at 11765 Parker st. N. (98101) on that Sunday morning. Then, at exactly 10:00 AM we'll completely clean the place! Hah hah! Talk about zany and unexpected! We'll go nuts: scrubbing the shower and cleaning the gutters and washing the cars and mowing the lawn and brushing the cats, etc. This is going to totally freak out the house owners (who I will trick into going to get French Slams at the nearby Denny's while this takes place)! And when we're done (making sure we clean behind the fridge, just to be extra-unexpected) we'll suddenly disperse. Poof!

Hah hah! This is going to be so wild we'll probably get in the paper and stuff. Just meet at the house on the morning of Sunday, August 17th (don't worry about how we are going to get in -- fortunately I have a key and will leave the door unlocked), bring cleaning supplies, and be sure to pass this message on to all of your friends. It's gonna be, like, so great! Flash mobs! Woo! Spread the word!

Posted on August 08, 2003 to Great Ideas


Will there be any special considerations for people driving from Vancouver (the real one, not in WA)?

For example; what if I prefer a Grand Slam w/bacon, eggs over hard -very hard, and whole wheat toast?

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for this zany cleaning madness; I'm just not a big fan of the French Slam.

Also, I don't do toilets.

Posted by: chris huggins on August 8, 2003 11:49 AM

No no: only the owners of the house will be getting Grand Slams. Flash Mob participants will be there to clean. That's what makes it zany.

Posted by: Matthew on August 8, 2003 11:55 AM

Waitaminute here. I think you're trying to trick us somehow, but you're not going to pull this one over on _me_, I can tell you that much. I see through this transparent ruse, bucko, and I'm going to nip this nonsense right in the bud. We're all going to be working hard, cleaning in proper Flash Mob (!) fashion, and sooner or later we're all going to realize that there are no cats. No cats! And then here comes Matt, cackling gleefully as we realize that we can't finish the Flash Mob activity of brushing the damned cats WITHOUT CATS! Callous ass!

So I'M bringing my OWN cat. Won't you be surprised, Mr. Smarty Pants. "Zany" my dimpled scrotum, I got you this time. You haven't _seen_ a clean toilet until you see CF get at a can.

Posted by: ColdForged on August 8, 2003 12:02 PM

Sorry...I already have plans with my Pet Rock for that morning... :(

Posted by: Stacey on August 8, 2003 12:49 PM

At first I thought Flash Mop was a typo, but now I see it was clever(ish).

Uh, it's not a typo, right? right? Two in one week would be more than my idolatry could endure.

Posted by: petehed on August 8, 2003 2:01 PM

FLASH MOB! (doodeedooDOOduhdoo)
FLASH MOB! (doodeedooDOOduhdoo)
FLASH MOB! (doodeedooDOOduhdoo)

Posted by: Jorn on August 8, 2003 2:11 PM

Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it. Wouldn't it be funny if people really did show up for this. ;-)

Posted by: J in CA on August 8, 2003 3:09 PM

And after that, send them over to somewhere nearby to do the same thing. That'd be even zanier! It's only a mile away. Whack-tastic!

I'm sure I could get the owners to leave...

Posted by: Windopaene on August 8, 2003 3:45 PM

Matthew, I hope you didn't ACTUALLY POST YOUR REAL ADDRESS. I was firmly convinced you were Extremely Clever, but now I'm not so sure. I'll stop by your house tomorrow at 3AM wearing lederhosen, and nothing else, to discuss it with you.

Posted by: ombra on August 8, 2003 4:03 PM

Flash - ah - Saviour of the universe
Flash - ah - He'll save ev'ry one of us

All kidding aside, I went to the NYC one yesterday and it was fun. Maybe not as much fun as mopping your floors wearing nothing but lederhosen but still....

Posted by: daniel harvey on August 8, 2003 8:37 PM

Here's my plan: Everbody Wang-Chow tonight!

Posted by: WhippetGod on August 8, 2003 11:52 PM

I'm Wang-Chowing at this exact moment in time, thank you very much.


Posted by: Chris M. Dickson on August 9, 2003 8:13 AM

Won't you need a Flush Mob too?

Posted by: steven on August 9, 2003 12:12 PM

gee...i'm coming in to Seattle a week later with my friends...is it okay if we come then...say on august 31st?

Posted by: fredster on August 9, 2003 12:22 PM

Actually I love the idea. Flash Mop. All locals will trade who's house gets cleaned. I'm totally in. I think it would be a blast to clean someone else's house with twenty other people, and know that someday we'll do the same at my house. Any repairs needed? Yardwork? I need a fence removed and stuff taken to the dump. And the garage cleaned out.
Oh! I'm SO excited!
Is www.flashmop.com taken?
I have a party that Saturday night (see my site for Evite) so I may be later that next morning....

Posted by: dayment on August 10, 2003 12:10 PM

THere was an interesting flash mob here in Toronto last week... They ended up leapfrogging through a toy store, and then going to a gym and confusing the personal trainers.

Posted by: Ryan Waddell on August 11, 2003 5:30 AM

I bet that was hard.

Posted by: petehed on August 11, 2003 7:29 AM

My flash mob joke from sunny Irvine: they tried to organise a flash mob in SoCal, but couldn't find anywhere with a big enough parking lot for all those single-occupant SUVs. Ba-dum-tish!

Posted by: Justin on August 11, 2003 12:27 PM

I feel like I've been waiting my whole life for flash mobs... and I've got big plans.

Big, crazy plans.


Posted by: rob cockerham on August 11, 2003 10:19 PM

Can your mob flash on over to my place, after? It'll be my birthday, see, and I'll likely be a wee hungover from all the Wang Chunging the night before.

Yes, someday there will be adequate technology for this sort of thing. Cell phones with molecular transporter units. Flash mop chez Baldwin, then flash on down to Berkeley in time to kick out the stragglers and drink the last of the cold beers. Someone's geek enough to rig this, right?

Posted by: Jessica on August 12, 2003 7:52 AM

Dibs on the cat grooming! I have two words for you: "blue cat" With a little hair dye and some strategic shaving, you'll have the coolest feline on the block.

Posted by: kungfukitten on August 12, 2003 11:38 AM

I just want to say that this could prove to be a mistake...I love the idea of flash mobs and I hope to do one soon but please consider what you are doing. You just gave out someone's address to millions of strangers and invited them in. Unfortunately, not everyone will see the fun in this and some people might show up just to rip these people off. I think you should reconsider this and maybe think about doing this in a public place where someone's personal property will not be at stake. I would have serious problems if one of my friends did this to me...and if something goes wrong, you will be held liable for any damages or theft. Why don't you have everyone show up at Pike Place Market and start cleaning that place up..the toilets could really use it...

Posted by: Lisa Lou on August 13, 2003 1:39 AM

See...if we could just use that flash mob thing to get a bunch of people to make signs and show up in Washington and tell the president that...oh, wait, that's already been done.

All right! Worship dinosaurs and groom cats! It's just as useful!!

Posted by: Laurie on August 13, 2003 3:32 PM


I am all set to totally come up and clean but I can't seem to find 11765 Parker Street on any maps of Seattle. I'm starting to think that address is a fake. It's almost like sending coals to Newcastle. Can you, like, post directions or something? I swear I won't rip you off when I show up.

Posted by: Duane on August 13, 2003 3:56 PM

(groan) I could murder a Chinese takeaway...

Posted by: Pete on August 14, 2003 8:44 AM

Hey i know, why don't all you American guys all come over to England, and then on the way here, you could do something on the plane, like all go up to the cockpit and ask about pineapples or something, then when you get here, you could meet at my house and pay for my flight to America! How cool would that be! Just remember to bring some money, because I'd need that to get there. Cool or what?!

Posted by: Kev on August 16, 2003 3:10 AM

Dang, I missed it! How did it go? I bet those cats were pretty well befuddled, eh? Ha ha!

Posted by: Ginger on August 17, 2003 2:34 PM

a really good robot site: http://www.robotfrank.com

Posted by: Addi on September 18, 2003 7:11 AM

Sorry I couldn't make it. I got flash-lonesomed. Woke up to my wife and kids being out of the house.

Cleaned behind the fridge. Then they came home. I don't know that I would have cleaned behind the fridge if I had known the connection.

Posted by: Furious on November 24, 2003 12:37 PM