This is some stupid shit.
I've watched Aqua Teen Hunger Force.. hell, I own the first three seasons on DVD.
So.. since this is front page news, and I have a blog, here's my two cents.
Turner Broadcasting and the City of Boston share responsibility for this being a huge
Okay, mostly I'm pissed that we are so scare-minded that not only is it easy to assume that any package that has wires, and is attached to a pixelated neon dude flipping the bird is certainly a bomb, but also that we're going to charge people with placing a hoax device in a way that results in panic. They were not a hoax of any kind! It was a perhaps poorly conceived advertising campaign.
From this article on CNN.com: "Assistant Attorney General John Grossman called the light boards "bomblike" devices and said that if they had been explosive they could have damaged infrastructure and transportation in the city.".
In other news that I just made up, Assistant Attourney General Grossman also described empty cardboard shoe-boxes as being "about the same size as something that could be a bomb", and went on to say that if each shoe-box in the country were in fact filled with explosives, that it could "blow the whole nation to shit".
Edit: There's been an update. This is terrific: