Thursday, March 31, 2011

WTFWiki 3: Max Headroom TV signal hijack

Imagine this.

You sit down on your sofa after a long day's work and flip on your faithful television for the nightly news.  Instead of a local TV anchor, you see a fuzzy picture of some sick fuck with a creepy mask spanking himself.


Max Headroom broadcast signal intrusion incident   (YouTube link to actual video footage)

From Wikipedia:

"The Max Headroom broadcast signal intrusion was a television signal hijacking in Chicago, Illinois, on the evening of November 22, 1987. It is an example of what is known in the television business as broadcast signal intrusion. The intruder was successful in interrupting two television stations within three hours. Neither the hijacker nor the accomplices have ever been found or identified."
I was neither living in Chicago or old enough to understand this when it actually happened.  Fortunately, some strange soul out there has preserved this strange footage and uploaded it to YouTube.   I'm not quite sure what it is about this that creeps me out and fascinates me.. Is it the distorted voice?  The strange fuzzy picture?  That creepy fucking mask!?!  Either way, imagine the WTF feeling you would experience seeing this shit when it actually happened.. interrupting the broadcast of whatever it was you were watching. (I feel especially sorry for anybody who was really stoned and happened to see this shit)



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  2. The greatest thing about this is that it was so unprecedented and yet was probably just a couple of punk smart kids fucking around.

  3. Haha, interesting article. Strange how they were never found.