Santa loves London … not!

Not true, but hundreds of people dressed up as Santa poured onto the streets in London and converged on busy Trafalgar Square for a festive flash mob. Even the lion statues at the foot of Nelson’s column sported a Santa hat when the flash mob Santas clambered onto them.

It’s a “a non-profit, non-political, nonreligious and nonsensical celebration of Christmas cheer, goodwill, and fun”, say the organizers.

What’s a flash mob you ask? It’s when a large group of people suddenly converge on a prearranged public place, usually notified via text messages, Facebook or Twitter, who perform some unusual act for a few minutes and then disperse quickly as soon as its over.

One of the largest and most well-known flash mobs was the silent disco of April 2006 when thousands of people gathered at various London Underground stations and, at a set time, began dancing to the music playing on their portable music devices. More than 4,000 gathered at the Victoria Station where the spectacle managed to disrupt services till the London police came in for crowd control.

The other well-known flash mob was the international pillow fight that took place on March 22, 2008 across more than 25 cities. Word was spread using social networking sites, including FacebookMyspace, private blogs, public forums, personal websites, as well as by word of mouth, text messaging, and email.

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