Aqua Teen Hunger farce
Here's an idea -- let's place strange electronic devices on bridges and buildings around the U.S. and not tell people about them. That's what Cartoon Network did in February 2007 to promote a movie for its animated "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" TV series. The devices were designed to light up at night in the shape of the show's characters, but in the daylight they simply looked like gray metallic boxes with wires sticking out. Bostonians began calling police to report suspicious-looking devices. Responding to a possible terrorism scare, law enforcement officials sent in bomb squads and shut down Boston-area bridges. When the dust settled, Cartoon Network's boss lost his job, and parent company Turner Broadcasting had to pay $2 million in compensation for Boston's emergency response.