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Top 5 Flash Mobs

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We do love a good flash mob. You know, where a large group of people get organized and stage a public ‘happening’, bringing joy into our lives for a scant few minutes? They seem to happen out of nowhere, but in fact flash mobs are highly rehearsed events that require a great deal of pre-planning in order to look spontaneous for audiences.

But are all flash mobs created equal? No. And we think the following are among the most fun to watch online:

No Pants Subway Ride

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This has become an annual tradition in New York City, which kind of takes away the spontaneity associated with Flash Mobs. However, we suppose there are still enough people who are unfamiliar with the event to find it surprising, and many more who find it rather tantalizing. The organizers, ImprovEverywhere, also orchestrated the famous ‘Frozen Grand Central’ flash mob where people in the know stopped moving at the same time.

T-Mobile’s Dance Mob

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Spontaneous dancing may have been done to death at this point, but watching this T-Mobile flash mob makes you appreciate how well it is executed – even if it is technically an advertisement. They play a medley of songs, get dancers of all ages in on the action, take over the entire lower level of the station, and ultimately set the benchmark for this sort of thing. Since then, everyone has tried to do live dancing to varying degrees of success, and yet T-Mobile’s is the one that always seems to stand out.

Cash Mob

A relatively new trend, a Cash Mob is where people gather at a designated store and endeavors to buy everything on the shelves. A rather thoughtful and considerate flash mob, a cash mob is a great initiative to help out local business that are struggling during these tough economic times, and can have a long-term effect as it raises awareness among consumers about smaller mom-and-pop stores vs. large chains. We expect to see this one catching on all over the world pretty soon.

Nam Tran’s Wedding Proposal

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When do you know when your marriage has a good chance of working? When friends, classmates, and even strangers go along with you to organize a big dance mob in order to make your marriage proposal even more memorable. Dozens of people learned some intricate choreography and showed up to a courtyard in UCLA and danced to ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You’, prior to Nam getting down on one knee to propose to his girlfriend Trang. Too bad she said no. Just kidding! Enjoy this sweet one.

Copenhagen Philharmonic

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Taking the train day after day can be a real bummer. And thanks to the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, you can now have yet another thing you hope would someday happen to you – like winning the lottery – but most likely actually never materialize. Just last month, these lucky riders got to listen to ‘Peer Gynt’ in its full glory, turning their ho-hum morning into a rousing and unforgettable concert. Even though you’ll be watching this at your desk, it should make your day too.

What are some of your favorite flash mobs? Let us know in the comments!

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