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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.

Article Link: A Truly Inspiring TED Talk About the Spinning Beach Ball of Death
 

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Only one word can sum this up: LOL
 
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That made my day!
 

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Instant classic!!! Everyone can relate to frustration associated with those error sounds and messages, let alone the extremely irritating spinning beach ball. Very creative to convert it into a musical/dance number!
 

baryon

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

goatless

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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.
 

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Has anyone else noticed that the color on the beach ball does not spin??
 

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Has anyone else noticed that the color on the beach ball does not spin??

Didn't notice this until you pointed it out. And I stare at that beach ball quite a bit!
 

BC2009

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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. :)
 

Luap

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How is that load of toe curling cheese "An idea worth sharing" ?

I'd feel more inspired watching paint dry, to the point of cracking, and falling off the wall.
 

Luap

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You missed the part where this is improve anywhere.

Here's their website. Try not to take them too seriously :p

Well, thanks.. I checked it out, and it seems to be "Improv" (as in "improvise") and "Everywhere" (as per thread title) Rather than Improve Anywhere.. Not that im trying to nit pick! I was just trying to research the point.

So.. Next week.. A talk gets quickly stalled by a BSOD, then a load of cackling penguins storm the stage?
Then, the audience leave, feeling somewhat bemused by what they have just witnessed, but do at least have a stuffed penguin to take home under their arm. Then they can all tweet their experience, happily ever after.

Yay.. Penguins! Yay! Lets Tweet! Just yay guys! Awesome!!!
 

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Just the typical day of us Mac users.

Especially those of us involved in Graphic Design or Video Production.
 
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