Apropos of Nothing: Slo-Mo Home Depot

The folks over at Improv Everywhere* are experts at manipulating the space-time continuum: When you’ve already mastered the art of looping reality — thanks to the participation of several undercover “agents” working in concert to create surreal spectacles in public places — it’s only a matter of time before you decide to slow things down.

Thus Slo-Mo Home Depot, a stunt involving one unwitting mega-chain and more than 200 infiltrators, all surreptitiously watching the clock for their timed cues. First they shop at normal speed, integrating themselves into the crowd. Then, en masse, they slow down. (Scroll down to the hidden-camera videos: The sped-up version is the best way to appreciate this effect.) Then they return to normal speed for five minutes. Then stop. Completely. For five minutes. I’ve seen Home Depot employees pull this act before, but never the customers. Watch and marvel!

(*Full disclosure: I.E. founder and chieftain Charlie Todd used to be my roommate, back when his only time-manipulation tools were Michelob tallboys and the Contra cheat code.)


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  • EP Sato

    updownupdownleftrightleftrightabstart
    The Konami Code RULES!

  • Ellipsian

    Slo-Mo Home Depot sounds RAD! I can’t watch the video from work (grumblegrumble), but this sounds just plain awesome. What freaks they are! I love it!
    Oh, and EP Sato…I couldn’t live with myself if I let you try to run through Contra without proper backup: the Konami code is actually “…B, A, start” (vs. A, B, start).
    Oh, man, I’m a dork.

  • Ellipsian

    Oi…me again. To officialize my Dorkdom, I actually need to correct the code AGAIN: it’s Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start.
    Whew. I’m done.

  • Lorenzo

    Wasn’t these codes used for the old Sonic games during the Saga Genesis era? Oh God, I just showed my dorkness, didn’t I?

  • daisyj

    Hey, thanks for linking to this; these guys are hilarious.

  • Tommy G.

    I’ve been a big fan of IE for a long time – so glad to see their take on Home Depot. My favorite though is still the restroom attendant at the Times Square McDonalds prank. Only in NYC…

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