In a move that we here at Geekadelphia certainly didn’t see coming (you’d think they’d tell us — come on!), Mayor Michael Nutter has declared April 1st, “Philly Pinball Day.” Apparently starting at four o’clock this afternoon, “A large metal sphere will be launched along Columbus Boulevard,” representatives from Nutter’s office told us, “And we’ve installed city-sized flippers at various points in Philly.” After the metal sphere is launched and begins rolling up Columbus Boulevard, various “bumpers” will (ideally) boost the sphere into other parts of the city also outfitted with bumpers, resulting in “massive points.”
When asked how citizens should handle the situation if they encounter the sphere, representatives for Mayor Nutter told us, “They should abandon all plans and get moving.” That’s not much of a plan, now is it? The ball is scheduled to roll around the city from four o’clock this afternoon, “until the city’s out of balls — unless we manage a tilt,” said representatives. Good luck to everyone! And let’s hope next year we have a considerably safer Pinball Day.