It all started in one of the most proper -- and some might say repressed -- cities in Europe: London. Hundreds of people assembled in London's gray banking district, standing quietly holding mysterious lumps encased in plastic. Then, at a pre-ordained time, they all whipped out pillows and commenced thrashing one another silly. The trend caught on, and soon public pillow-fights were being organized via internet in cities across Europe and the US, like this one last year in San Francisco:
Pillow Fight Club, as they are known in the UK, takes its cues from the movie Fight Club's famous line, "The first rule of Fight Club: You do not talk about Fight Club". The first rule of Pillow Fight Club? "Tell everyone." Fights have been organized just for fun, to challenge Guinness Book world records, and to provide a counterpoint to the urban malaise that seems to settle over people on cold holidays like Valentine's Day (especially the dateless). We have yet to hear of a pillow fight in a cornfield or a deserted highway; if any of you do, let us know! Better yet -- if anyone's been to one of these, share your experiences!