Thursday, December 15, 2011

Finals week flash mobs

Posted By on Thu, Dec 15, 2011 at 8:45 AM

It's finals week at the University of Montana, and that means the natives are ready to wreak havoc on the poor souls trying to study in the Mansfield Library.

The following two videos show wildly different takes on what a flash mob is and how it's executed, but they're equally entertaining if you've got the time to watch.

The first happened yesterday and takes f...o...r....e....v....e....r to get going. This proves to be a good thing. For one, you can watch it materialize over time (hint: keep an eye on the folks coming through the front door talking on their cell phones.) Second, you get to watch the poor kid at the first computer terminal slowly realize something is happening over his shoulder and proceed to nervously watch for the next five minutes. Lastly, notice how many people, unlike the dude at the computer terminal, are completely unaffected by the mounting commotion. Girl crying? See ya.

The second happened during last year's finals and included approximately 7,000 students. This also proves to be a good thing. Unlike the first video, there appears to be no plan after the first couple minutes and everyone just jumps/dances around. It makes for excellent people watching. Also, the large crowd clearly rattles some of the more studious folks in the library, including one guy in red who can't get out of there quick enough. Lastly, a bigger crowd means more cameras—this video has much better editing and cinematography.

Quite a contrast. Also, the potential for an end-of-semester tradition.

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