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Someone put white flags on the Brooklyn Bridge

By Ned Hepburn

Someone—assuredly a very naughty boy or girl—has put white flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge over the night. It got taken down at 11am this morning. The flags themselves actually appeared to be washed-out American flags. Perhaps the person who put them there is a big Rage Against The Machine fan (naughty boys themselves!). Or perhaps they're reciprocating the flags on the moon. Or perhaps they are a bored tween with too much time on their hands. This, of course, make the very fancy Brooklyn Bridge Park look as if it's surrendering. 

The act of naughtiness has caught the attention of the Department of Transport, who informed our friends over at Gothamist that "We're looking into some possible incident with the flags that are on the bridge. We don't know yet, we're waiting for information from units that respond." Which translates from DOT-speak to English as "Someone has been a very naughty boy or girl and will assuredly go to bed without supper and by that we mean jail." 

The white flag is usually a symbol of surrender. Does this mean that Brooklyn is surrendering? If so, to what? Or does the all-white American flag symbolize that America itself you guys is surrendering? Is this a case of someone actually following through on an idea they had after a night of smoking high quality weed and reading Howard Zinn's "A People's History Of The United States"? 

More on this as it develops. 

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