Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Underground Happymaking

No, that's not about dead people :-) But about those who travel by subway :-) Agent Lathan, as "Rob", gave out 2,000 high fives by standing next to a subway escalator during the morning rush. Five additional agents spread out along the adjacent stairs, holding signs that prepared commuters for the upcoming high five fun. Enjoy the video first and then check out the mission report and photos here (some details are also below)


Why?
Everyone is generally in a pretty crappy mood when they’re making the transfer with a herd of other people at the crack of dawn. It was definitely a location in need of a bit of fun.

HOW?
They made four signs that together said, “Rob wants to give you a high five! Get Ready!” There was a fifth sign that just read “Rob” and had an arrow pointing downward. The "agents" grabbed their assigned signs and spread out along the stairs a little after 8:30 AM. The staircase had platforms every 10 steps or so, which made it easy for the agents to divide up evenly.

Reactions
Some people were both listening to music and reading a book and didn’t look up to notice what was going on. A small percentage seemed suspicious of the agents and elected to keep their hands to themselves. Most people smiled and high fived. Some people kept a straight face during the high five, but then privately smiled to themselves a few moments later. Watching people after they gave a high five was almost more fun.

Want to see more examples of mass happymaking? Check this one also (like it much)!

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