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How to freak out that secret organization that’s tracking your every move

May 17, 2011 | By Abraham | 34 comments

From xkcd:

I didn’t realize other people did stuff like this…

My personal version is a little different: When I’m staying somewhere new and unfamiliar, I’ll sometimes give the finger to the mirror in the bathroom.

I’m not normally a bird-flipping kinda guy, but I figure, like the guy in the comic, if there are people watching me behind a one-way mirror, then they deserve the gesture and it might spook them that I “know” they’re there. On the other hand, if it’s an ordinary mirror, no harm done.

I’m assuming that the guy who drew this comic and me aren’t alone in this behavior…

Anyone? Anyone?

No?

Maybe I shouldn’t have posted this.

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34 Comments

  1. Laura Payne says:

    I do that when I am forced to use a public restroom at a gas station, not at the mirror but in the stall, just in case someone has a hidden video camera focused on the toilets in the ladies bathroom.

  2. Tony C says:

    I’ve done stuff like this…although, it’s been a while, so I better get on it. The organization might have new workers on me that don’t know I know.

  3. mR chEESE says:

    I keep my web cam covered with blue tac at all times.

    Whatever you guys do don’t google ”I found some cheese.’
    Just don’t.
    Oh go on!

  4. Jessica says:

    I often sing or talk to myself while I’m alone in a room (because otherwise it’s too quiet!) and I will admit my talking and singing gets a little goofy simply because I’m afraid someone is listening in on me. I’d rather be overheard being intentionally silly and get laughed at than be overheard seriously talking to myself and be laughed at…!

    1. Beth says:

      Hahaha! That is the best! I talk to myself all the time (mostly referring to myself as “mama”), but now I will always think of your silliness strategy.

  5. Michele T says:

    I always check to see if a mirror is 2-way. (Touch the mirror with your fingertip. If the fingers have a gap between them, you’re safe. If the fingertips touch, someone is watching you!)

    1. Amber says:

      That’s not necessarily true. ;) A sure fire way: If the mirror is hanging on the wall, regular mirror. If it’s IN the wall, PART OF the wall, likely 2 way. :)

  6. Laura says:

    Nope. Not at all. I’m an introverted non-confrontational kind of person. I’ll admit I’m not always thinking deeply or staring off into space though… I might just be looking for the glint of the camera lens in between the slats of the vents.

  7. Amber says:

    HAHA!! I do that too!!!! I think collective secret fear of clandestine organizations is an American pasttime. ;)

  8. Krista says:

    My parents visited relatives in a Soviet republic in 1984 and stayed in a hotel they knew was bugged. (When the hotel was renovated in 2005, the room with the switchboard and listening devices was found and is now in a museum!) My godparents were in the next room over, and when the hot water went out, my godfather yelled out “If you’re going to eavesdrop on me, you could at least fix the hot water!” It was fixed within 3 minutes.

    I check mirrors in fitting rooms.

    1. Ben says:

      If they know that you know that they know you know they’re watching, then they might think that you know too much. You know?

  9. ED... says:

    I write “I will kill again!!!” lightly in soap on hotel bathroom mirrors. The next person to have a steamy bath gets the message. Multiple exclamation marks – the surest sign of a deranged mind.

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