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Old 04-01-2006, 05:36 PM   #1
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This made me laugh, the article is here.

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Five teenage girls from Portage County face potential criminal charges after attempting to play a real-life version of Super Mario Bros.

The Portage County Hazardous Materials Unit and Bomb Detection Unit were called in to downtown Ravenna on Friday morning after seventeen suspicious packages -- boxes wrapped in gold wrapping paper with question marks spray painted on them -- had alarmed residents.

Boxes were found at the Immaculate Conception Church on West Main Street, the Portage County Courthouse, Deluxe Pastries, the corner of Cherry Way and Main Street, Reed Memorial Library, Ravenna High School and a residence at Sanford and Main streets.

Five girls -- age 16 and 17 -- claimed responsibility for making and placing the packages. The girls said they found an Internet site that included step-by-step instructions for creating replicas of blocks featured in the game.

The Ravenna Police Department will be working with the Portage County Prosecutor's Office regarding possible criminal charges as a result of the game.
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Old 04-01-2006, 06:02 PM   #2
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My sympathy for the girls. Hope they won't be sent to a forced labor camp or get institutionalized...
for such an innocent joke.

this brings in my mind the hottest summer day and longest moment I spent in deadly silence in the company of my cousin, 6 years ago. He bought a truckload of firewood and started to chop some up, perhaps for next day's campfire, when I walked out from our house (we were neighbors back then) and started to talk to him over the fence. He went on with his work when suddenly a blow didn't end with a "thump" but a "sweeeeooonnnngggg". He released the axe and we stared at the axe stuck in... an 80 mm armor piercing artillery shell neatly embedded in the tree root... It was badly corroded of course, but didn't take long to be identified as an artillery round, a leftover of the Soviet artillery barrage on Budapest (1945).
If the axe had struck an inch higher, we surely would have had a closed coffin burial service.
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Old 04-01-2006, 06:22 PM   #3
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Was it even a joke? I thought they were just setting up to play a game and some idiot calls the cops about it
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Old 04-01-2006, 06:30 PM   #4
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The story may be an April Fool's joke, but real-life Super Mario levels have been constructed before. MIT students once turned the "infinite corridor" in their main university building into level 1-1 of Super Mario Bros. as a "hack" (prank).
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Some engineering students used Post-It notes to create mario characters in windows, with each notepaper as 1 pixel from the original sprites
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Gotta love those nerds-at-large.
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