Monday, November 10, 2008

Mad Scientists vs. Mad Police

A group of London students were detained last week after police mistook their mad scientist-themed costume party for a terrorist meetup. The students just wanted to have a nice evening of dressing in wigs and lab coats and laughing maniacally, but when the cops showed up for a “routine check” of the private party (by the way, why are private parties in England subject to “routine checks”?), they mistook the amateur chemistry set equipment and plastic skeletons for drug and terror paraphernalia. 29-year-old Richard Watson was arrested under Britain’s Anti-Terrorism Act and questioned while the streets surrounding the party were blocked off. If all this sounds like ridiculous overkill to you, that’s because it is. But, really, what’s more in keeping with the mad scientist spirit than ridiculous overkill? More details here.

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