Because certainly our current reality isn’t weird enough...at least one man wearing a television on his head is leaving dozens of old-school cathode-ray TVs on people’s front yards in Virginia.
Said Richmond resident Adrian Garner about the bizarre incidents, some of which were caught on camera:
It was a guy dressed in a jumpsuit with a TV for a head…”It’s the weirdest thing. He squats down, puts the TV there and walks off. It’s really weird.
Flashback to the switch from analog to digital starting in 2006, dooming thousands (millions?) of the boxy now-obsolete television sets to the scrap heap.
While some of those devices were refurbished by audio-visual geeks or used to make really neat aquariums, it is safe to say that the majority will hang around in dumps and landfills for the next thousand years at least.
So as Virginia officials try to figure out the motive behind this strange happening–which apparently has a “ritualistic” aspect, the same thing taking place in Richmond this time last year–might I suggest the following:
Is this perhaps a “statement” on planned obsolescence? And is the reason they’re wearing TVs on their head (this is considered by authorities to be a group effort) because…the old junkers are meant to represent us?
Then again…it could just be an attention-seeking prank.
Postscript: it has been suggested by some that perhaps the incidents are inspired by the character “Dengo” from the popular Image comic Saga. Dengo wears an old TV set on his head and wears overalls, just like one of the sighted perpetrators.