Marketing Campaign For Aqua Teen Hunger Force Summons Bomb Sqaud

From Boston.com:

The discovery of a series of suspicious objects on bridges, near a medical center, underneath an interstate, and in other crowded public places have set off a wave of bomb scares across Boston, snarling traffic and subways across the city.

None of the suspicious objects have been determined to be actual bombs. It was not immediately clear if the incidents were connected or part of some elaborate hoax.

The objects were part of a guerrilla marketing campaign for Aqua Teen Hunger Force, which is a good show. The bomb squad actually went so far as to detonate one of the objects.

At least we now know that the Boston bomb squad doesn’t watch Cartoon Network. And knowing is half the battle. The half that doesn’t involve explosives. —MEGHANN MARCO

Attack of the Mooninites [Boston] (Thanks to Daniel!)

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  1. matto says:

    this is the dumbest terror alert yet. kudos to boston.
    i hope to hear they outlaw circuit boards, wires and cartoon characters soon.

  2. Hitchcock says:

    This was just insane on the part of the Boston Police. The “objects” were clearly LED signs that happened to be battery operated. As noted by Time Warner (parent company of ATHF) these signs have been up for 3 weeks, and are in 10 cities. Boston is the only city to confuse a light up sign with a cartoon character on it for a bomb, and then, only after the signs had been up for a few weeks.

    I saw one story with the mayor promising to come after whoever was responsible… I hope he realizes that he and the police chief are the ones responsible for this over reaction.

  3. edgesmash says:

    From the vantage point of my office in downtown Boston, we were all actually scared for a while. That is, until we saw a picture of the Mooninites on the Fox News homepage. Yay bomb scares.

  4. Wasabe says:

    Only in Boston – literally. Atlanta, Philly, NYC, LA, etc. are probably having a laugh at our expense. I loved how on channel 25 they were acting all indignant about this while conveniently ignoring the fact that it was the media that fed the hysteria, leading to more reports of “suspicious objects” causing even more panic, etc. Sometimes I really hate this city for its stupidity.

  5. Grrrrrrr, now with two buns made of bacon. says:

    I could understand some level of concern, but maybe if the Boston authorities and the media hadn’t whipped everyone into a frenzy, it wouldn’t have gotten out of hand.

    Generally speaking, people only put light-up smiley faces on bombs in Batman movies.

    Maybe the authorities should dredge Boston Harbor to look for the city’s lost sense of humor.

  6. Luxy says:

    I love how these devices have been up in other cities for weeks without a problem.

  7. itzsoweezee78 says:

    boston authorities arrested someone and is charging him w/ a freaking felony! bostonians are officially nutjobs.

  8. Falconfire says:

    Ahh America. Thank you GWB and Bin Laden for fucking up what used to be a really nice country with your mine is bigger pissing match.

    I mean, really, the person who called this in said it was all “scary and had batteries and wires hanging out the back”

    Yeah well guess what…… SO DO FUCKING CLOCKS AND JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING ELSE OUT THERE THAT RUNS ON REMOTE POWER DOUCHE.

    Swear to god we wouldnt even be having this conversation 7 years ago.

    And yeah they charged him with a felony for each instance, so he’s facing 100 years in prison if convicted. Its likely to be dropped but still its all because Boston needs to save face for being complete morons.

    I mean really, I find it hard to believe that none of Bostons police force has ever seen ATHF.

  9. Amry says:

    Look, maybe the Boston police DO watch ATHF, recognized the Mooninites, and did what they had to do.

    We should stop laughing at them and start handing out the medals for thwarting an alien invasion/pyramid scheme. This is the War on Terror at its finest.

  10. zl9600 says:

    I actually think the idiots are the marketing geniuses who even thought for a second it would get by the bureaucrats in one of these cities without some kind of mishap.

    Boston dumb. Marketing agency dumber.

  11. zl9600 says:

    Ps. it was a marketing agency called Interference, Inc.

    Oooh, so cool. I bet they have goatees and skateboards in the lobby.

  12. cerulgalactus says:

    Boston will never survive the quad laser.

  13. Falconfire says:

    I actually think the idiots are the marketing geniuses who even thought for a second it would get by the bureaucrats in one of these cities without some kind of mishap.

    Well lets think about that here…. would YOU ever think THIS http://homepage.mac.com/jamestopoleski/bostoncityofnoobs.j… was a bomb?


    Seriously can you even see anything on that little board that even remotely resembles a charge that could go off?

    Thats whats so scary about this whole thing, people who’s JOBS are it to investigate these things said that these lightbrites looked like IED’s. IED’S! Never mind the fact that these things where in plain view and LIGHTED to be seen and a person planning to bomb something would take care to hide said bomb in a trash can or a box or something to not draw attention to it, but someone whos supposed to be specially trained to spot and disarm bombs couldnt even tell something a high school electronics class student could tell.

    We made boards like these in electronics, they even had R2D2 pcitures drawn on the boards!

    Its more scary to see how stupid these people are, than anything else.

  14. saintjohnson says:

    HA! I knew it had to be the Mooninites!!!
    I heard about this on FoxNews radio and after the ATHF reference, I knew it was probably a Mooninite gadget.

    Yeah, a bootlegged looking Pac-Man sign is really scary.

    Whoever called this in probably smashed their first few TV’s after they turned on.

    They’re still not allowed to have an alarm clock.
    …just so they won’t be alarmed.

  15. SexCpotatoes says:

    OMG! D-cells, D=death. Batteries will kill us all!

    Actually, if you think about it, it could be the ad agency that reported the “suspicious devices” to get more advertisement recognition for their efforts.

    Smart.

  16. Plasmafire says:

    If this had occured before 9/11 this would have never have happened. People=idiots. Apparently people don’t know what LED’s and Batteries look like. AquaTeenHungerforce is quite funny and so is Boston’s reaction to them. May they tremble in fear of the awesome power of the Moonenites.

  17. As someone said above, maybe it was the ad agency that called the police, in which case they should at least be fined for misusing public services. However, the media should be fined an equal amount for being stupid, and it sounds like several cops need to be fired until they re-take their GEDs, if they actually thought this was a bomb.

    I do love how when the police make themselves look like idiots, the government steps in to arrest a scapegoat. Sorry mayor, but the cops *still* look like idiots. Better arrest somebody else too.

  18. Gev says:

    “Seriously can you even see anything on that little board that even remotely resembles a charge that could go off?”

    Not on that side of the board at least. Would I want to flip it over to see what’s on the other side without knowing who made it and where it came from? Probably not.

    Why is everyone assuming that a “bomb” or “improvised explosive device” has to have enough power to take out a column of tanks or destroy a bridge? Why not just enough explosives to seriously injure or kill the person curious enough to take a closer look at the thing with the cartoon character depicted in LEDs?

    Or that it has to be the work of terrorists and not just some random sociopath with a beef against the world for some self-deluded injustice they’ve suffered?

    Still, there was some serious overraction on the part of the city and media as well as some increible stupidity on the part of the advertising agency in this mess.

  19. RandomHookup says:

    Everybody pretty much looks like an idiot in this case —

    Guerrilla marketing firm: “Let’s put up lots of hidden devices of obscure cartoon characters on public infrastructure and we will need lights and batteries, too. It will be soooo hip!”

    Local media: “OMG, OMG!!! The sky is falling!!!! Is our children safe!!!!”

    Police: “All hands of deck!!! Lots of overtime for everyone!”

    Turner just needs to write a check. You can’t do a dang thing in the city of Boston without 12 permits and I’m sure they didn’t get any.

  20. Mr. Gunn says:

    Heh…I love it when cultures collide. You think those marketing people considered for a second that policemen may not watch ATHF?

  21. Sheik says:

    These cops were probably high on moonijuana.

    I can’t say that I’m surprised that Boston cops had never seen ATHF. I think you need a rather unique sense of humor to watch it. I watched it 3 or 4 times before I really started to think it was funny. This was back when they were doing the weird ass Dr. Strange intros that had very little, if anything, to do with the actual episode.

  22. acambras says:

    HA! Maybe I’m getting old, but I’d never heard of ATHF until yesterday. So if nothing else, this whole thing really got their names out.

    What is it they say? “No publicity is bad publicity” ?

  23. pestie says:

    OK, I just can’t get over this quote (from this article):

    “It had a very sinister appearance,” Coakley told reporters. “It had a battery behind it, and wires.”

    This is so stupid it makes my head hurt. “ZOMG ONOZ!!1!!1!!1 BATTER1EZ!!1eleventy!!”

  24. tz says:

    Now they aren’t going to allow laptops on a plane. Batteries! Wires! A glass screen that can shatter into a dozen edged weapons! Oops, I wasn’t supposed to say the last part.

    Parannoyance? They did annoy a paranoid.

  25. suckonthat says:

    I find this whole thing *hysterical* for many reasons:

    * The mayor was quoted in the Boston Globe as saying that he is appalled that these marketing people would do something like this in Boston because it was “insensitive” considering that on 9/11 one of the planes came from Boston. Um, in New York, you know, the city that was actually targetted, no one cared.
    * The mayor is also demanding that the FCC pull all of TBS’s permits.
    * Before the police figured out that lite brites do not equal bombs, the device was in direct sunlight so they couldn’t see the image clearly. The lighting changed and one cop spoke up and said that the image was a cartoon character.
    * …and funniest of all – if you watch the show at all, you’d know that the Mooninites would have TOTALLY planned something like this and would be laughing their asses off in their spaceship right now.

    (for those who don’t watch the show, the Mooninites are extremely condescending despite being so clearly less advanced than any other cartoon. They claim to have powerful weapons and often hatch really stupid plots to show how superior they are. LEDs and images as advanced as an Atari shutting a city down? Ignot and Err would only dream of such a perfect plot…)