Suspicious Mushrooms in Ohio

Pick any cop in Ohio, in any town, and he's probably a douche-turd. My proof (besides firsthand experience)? Five teen girls in Ravenna are facing possible charges for placing several Mario question blocks around town. Their stunt is basically being labelled an insidious video-game-inspired plot, say authorities. Just nobody let Jack get a whiff of this, or a couple Italian plumbers with a penchant for stompon' turtles and eatin' 'shrooms might get pulled off the shelves.

This is the first report from Ohio of a public art phenom that started in Windsor last year as a bid to reclaim public spaces from a glut of ads, and soon spread across Canada, then to California, Maine, even England, and might be what inspired an epic MIT hack. The site responsible for popularizing the blocks was put up by the same Canadian that does one of my favorite webtoons, Daily Dinosaur Comics.

As for Ohio's case...

"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."

Authorities, including area fire and sheriff's agents and the county EMA, checked the question blocks for radiation and chemical warfare agents. At no time did they attempt to strike the boxes with their heads.

Ravenna Police Chief Randall McCoy essentially painted the incidence as another of those dangerous games teens are reported playing, about as menacing as supposed Rainbow Parties.

"'The girls found an Internet site called Mario Question Blocks which told you step by step how the game is played, along with instructions on wrapping the packages, just to see what kind of response you get,' McCoy said. 'This game is evidently being played all over the country.'" I would love to see this make an episode of some TV crime drama.

My main concern in all this is the reporter's math skills:

"Those locations included the Portage County Courthouse, where four packages were found; Deluxe Pastries, where one package was found; at Cherry Way and Main Street, where two packages were found; Reed Memorial Library, where five packages were found; Ravenna High School, where three packages were found; and at Sanford and Main streets, where one package was found, for a total of 17 packages."

Comments (1)

19? Did I get it right? Do I get a cookie? Jordan, it is pretty funny how the both of us posted about this. Usually Matt and I do this (made double posts), but now you get to join in the fun.

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