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Fruit Invasion by Happy McDeath, Togashi Ni, Dela Dejavoo

September 8th, 2010 8:27 AM / Location: 41.974167,-87.68178

INSTRUCTIONS: Purchase/aquire many (a pound or two) small fruits (I've found kumquats to be very appropriate) which will not easily be squished. Slip them into strangers' pockets, tie them by threads from trees, or in some other manner help fruit invade the city.

In order to honor the labor of fruit, and all it does for us, several SF0-ers decided to help fruit invade the city of Chicago. Since fruit normally grows on land, and has already done a decidedly good job of "invading" there, Dela Dejavoo, Happy McDeath, and Togashi Ni decided to help fruit invade via water and air. With the added help of Amby D, who selflessly volunteered to be left off the task as it only allows for 3 collaborators, we set out on Labor Day to begin the fruit invasion. Below is the fruits of our labor..

First, Dela and Amby built our naval forces. After making sure the boat floated (by testing it in the toilet), they set to work!

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You need a lot of boats for an invasion.

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Dela scouted out a wonderful park with access to the Chicago river, and a clear enough space for air launches. We all quickly went to work, beginning with the naval forces. Soon, the fruit was ready!

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We took a video of our fruity boats. It looks a little discouraging, but after the camera stopped rolling, the boats actually took to the water, though there were casualties after encounters with vicious enemy ducks. Curses!!

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Now that our naval invasion was underway, we decided it was time to send them into the skies. We took out our supplies of helium, balloons, and ribbon, and began the air invasion.

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Our initial launch of a few grapes went very well. The windy city lived up to its nickname, and our little grapes were on their way.

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Emboldened by this success, we decided to try something a little heavier! We created a harness for a plum, and filled balloons till we established some lift.

There must have been some enemies of the fruit around, because the plum was shot down, and had to be recovered.  

On our second launch of the plum, it looked like it may very well take flight, but again some evil foe of the fruit caused it to take cover in some nearby trees

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Well, I guess we should stick to lighter fruit. We changed locations to avoid any further problems, and once again set forth to help fruit take to the skies. We used more grapes, and recruited blueberry, strawberry, and blackberry soldiers.

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With everyone's help, our fruit was soon ready for the final launch.  

We stood back, and let the wind blast them off. Some nearby kids were excited about the balloons, and ended up chasing after them during the launch. Luckily the fruit was too fast, and yearned for the skies.

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First air launch
testing boat in toilet
building boats
a good number of boats
a better number of boats
Getting ready for launch
The Fruit declares itself!
Fruit!
the naval fleet
It begins...
They start to float away
Oh noes!  Watch out for the ducks.
More boat shots
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Will the rock sink these boats?  Lets hope not.
There they go
how does this thing work?
Filling the Baloons
blowing up first balloons
everyone working
It was windy
first fruit ready to invade!
countdown to first flight
up up and away!
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Up and up..
.. and away
harnessing the plum
plum ready for takeoff
plum invasion
plum shot down by enemy forces into the river
recovering the plum
plum airborne for second time
plum skimming the water
plum enters forest for tactical reasons
They plum takes cover in the trees due to enemy fire
recruitment of the blueberry
Mmmmm fruit
recruitment of the strawberry
blackberry reinforcements
more trusty grape soldiers brought into the battle
readying the troops
They are ready
countdown to final infiltration
and they're off!
and away!
Final invasion forces away
God speed little fruit
Watch out for the tree!
phew, that was close
Bye..
BYE!!
Just specks now..

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8 comment(s)

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posted by Picø ҉ ØwO on September 8th, 2010 8:37 AM

Chicago needs to be taken over so badly.

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posted by Julian Muffinbot on September 8th, 2010 8:59 AM

I am utterly charmed by the tiny "Fruit!" flag.

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posted by teucer on September 8th, 2010 12:53 PM

This, yeah. This.

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posted by Kate Saturday on September 8th, 2010 11:34 AM

i want to love this so much! the ideas are so great and the visuals are wonderful. but littering makes me so sad, and the balloons and balloon strings are terrible in the environment and water supply.

love/sadness.

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posted by rongo rongo on September 9th, 2010 9:40 AM

Yes, I have been trying to figure out how to do an invasion with out non-biodegradable litter...

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posted by Kate Saturday on September 9th, 2010 9:20 PM

parachutes made from fruit roll-ups and hemp! um, um... rocketpacks... made from... the C02 released during decomposition! yes! to the moon, where we will leave no trace of our presence.

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posted by rongo rongo on September 9th, 2010 9:41 AM

The grapes in the boats were particularly cute.

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posted by Ty Ødin on September 12th, 2010 8:53 PM

Your fruits have invaded my heart. Good job!