Apr. 30th, 2009

O. M. G.

Apr. 30th, 2009 10:03 am
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I had lunch with a friend last month who, in the course of a wide-ranging conversation, mentioned his amazement at having discovered some sort of underground movement in which real people dress up as costumed heroes and take to the streets, seriously trying to fight crime. And that police don't always know whether to see this as a good thing or a bad thing. I'd forgotten about it, until I stumbled across a link today.

You really need to see it to believe it.

http://worldsuperheroregistry.com/world_superhero_registry_gallery.htm

I just. I don't even know. Is this funny? Is it awesome? Is it kind of scary and sad?

Well, okay, it's definitely funny. I've been reading for a while and so far am most amused by the one who claims Osama Bin Laden as his arch nemesis. Somehow I imagine Bin Laden would be surprised to hear about that. (ETA: No, my favorite has to be Polar Man, in Canada. Who models himself after an Inuit legend, and shovels for the elderly. I couldn't make this up if I tried, folks.)

Also, they almost all have myspace pages.

THERE IS A COSTUMED SUPERHERO ROAMING THE STREETS OF LONDON WITH AN ANGLE-GRINDER. His mission is to free the motorists of England from the tyranny of clamps, such as police use on the wheels of illegally parked cars.

The world is such a bizarre and fascinating place, it truly is.

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