You read that right; Boston is so pissed about the egg on its face for overracting in epic fashion, they have arrested the two guys who installed the artwork. For those coming in late, Boston was essentially shut down yesterday over a “terrorist threat”. This “threat” consisted of circuit-board looking devices that lit up at night displaying a cartoon character making a “rude gesture”. Turns out, the whole thing was a promotion for Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
Now, the thing that’s not getting a lot of press is this little gem:
…the devices have been in place for two to three weeks in 10 cities: Boston; New York; Los Angeles; Chicago; Atlanta; Seattle; Portland, Ore.; Austin, Texas; San Francisco; and Philadelphia. [source]
Two to three weeks in 10 cities. Purusing the list, I notice… uhm, NO other cities besides Boston that have freaked out quite as harshly. Just to avoid further alerts, Boston should issue a bulletin to its citizens, who apparently are a little uptight, that there are thousands of yellow, tri-lighted devices over many streets in the city that will change colors for no apparent reason. As most Bostonians don’t know what the devices are for (judging by traffic), the city should quickly advise people who notice these devices that they are not bombs but are, in fact, traffic lights.
Get over it Boston; you overreacted and look like idiots. Going after the contracters who hung the promotions is just making it worse.