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The crew at Improv Everywhere was invited to participate in a talk at TED, an annual conference in Long Beach, California that focuses on “Ideas Worth Sharing.”


Charlie Todd explains the story behind the prank on Improv Everywhere's website:

For the conference this year, the TED curators approached me about staging something unexpected to surprise their audience. We had previously staged a musical prank at a conference, but I wanted to do something new and different for TED. I came up with the idea to have a fake speaker give a talk and make it seem like his big moment in the spotlight had been ruined by a computer crash. Apple users love to hate the notorious Spinning Beach Ball of Death. I started with that image and set out to heighten it to absurdity.

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BC2009 Avatar
156 months ago
This stuff happens to us every day at my university, though it only tends to happen on our PCs :D

Are you serious? You get dancers and music and everything every day?!?!?! I want to go to your university. :)
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
baryon Avatar
156 months ago
This stuff happens to us every day at my university, though it only tends to happen on our PCs :D
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
FrizzleFryBen Avatar
156 months ago
That made my day!
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
goatless Avatar
156 months ago
I bet any Apple employees in the audience were freaking out at first.

To be honest, I haven't seen a spinning beach ball since I upgraded my 2009 model MBP to 8 gigs. Coincidental? Maybe, maybe not.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MasterHowl Avatar
156 months ago
Hah I think I was smiling all the way through that routine! Brilliant!
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
winks360 Avatar
156 months ago
Has anyone else noticed that the color on the beach ball does not spin??
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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