Since before recorded history, humankind have sought to make their presence known by modifying their environment. (Before recorded history, we did a pretty crappy job of it because, well, there’s no recorded history.) This need for permanence has taken many forms – cave paintings, rock piles, inscriptions, art. Last Saturday night, I joined a group of like-minded
criminals adventure-seekers to make our presence known by adorning downtown with throwies.
The first throwies were made almost 11,000 years ago in the Fertile Crescent region. Back then, there were no batteries, LEDs or high-powered magnets. Also, they weren’t called “throwies” but “pebbles”, and they were a lot less fun to toss around. They didn’t look all that cool and they didn’t stick to much besides mud.
But thanks to modern technology and a simple 4-step process, modern natives can light up the night with their friends and make strangers laugh:
Get tape, magnets, LEDs, and batteries. Tape them up in bundles.
Add another person for faster assembly. Add chips and beer.
Add more people. Add more food. Add more beer.
Oops, too much beer.
Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of what we did after the assembly part of the evening.
But other people do . . .