A memorable cultural scene took place when a Red Sox fan sitting behind a two-headed woman in Fenway Park yelled Move your heads and not Move your head. This of course confused other people sitting around the lady who moved their heads this way and that way even as the irate fan kept yelling to move your heads. Once underway, a whole section of normally very polite Red Sox fans shook and shimmied with their heads bee-bopping in rhythm to the blunt force suggestions of the irate fan, until en masse, the crowd rose and sat, rose and sat, mimicking human waves, thereby inventing the WAVE in sports, demolition derbies, some churches, and in strip joints...
The WAVE, which swept the ball park, was caught on video by a penny stock investor in the throes of a crisis of faith, vis-a-vis Wall Street. Depressed, the stockbroker could have stayed home and gotten drunk but elected to get drunk and see a Red Sox game instead. At first, Red Sox management claimed that there were no: “irate fan(s) in Fenway -- whattya crazy -- what the hell do you mean by that crap? You tryin to start sumpthin? I’m from Mattapan.” And, then by exclamation point: “This is America not England, you friggin derelict.” However, beginning with a worldwide Odyssey, from Cincinnati to Singapore, the footage went viral and in days under the caption, Bobbleheads at Fenway, the event became legendary...
Two weeks after the video appeared on YouTube, the drunken investor’s financial crisis was over. Three weeks later, BobbleheadsatFenway became a word in Webster’s Dictionary meaning: (1) when someone yells at the wrong person and that person believes he or she is the right person and so mistakenly reacts to irrational orders not specific to that person; (2) when swarms of people participate in a fan wave induced by an irate fan yelling at a two-headed woman. Four weeks later, BobbleheadsatFenway became one of the most popular newborn’s names in the Highland region of Papua New Guinea and in the Liberty’s section of Dublin. Five weeks later, the Boston Red Sox had two million new fans, world-wide. Six weeks later, British tabloids gave credit to the Chicago White Sox for inventing the FAN WAVE choosing not to understand the difference between red and white in the American or colonial version of English -- which, caused real problems between Chicago and Boston for a time, and of course Gary, Indiana, and Rhode Island got in on the cluster fug, too, choosing sides. Gary chose Milpitas, California, and Rhode Island chose Maui.
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