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April 24, 2008

The packages from Joseph Candoloro intercepted by participants for Operation Slipknot turned out to be Joker-associated, since these participants received a text message on their new phones from humanresources@whysoserious.com:

I wouldn't worry about Gordon. ITS ALL PART OF THE PLAN

This lead to Whysoserious.com/Itsallpartoftheplan, the starting point for a game that commenced on April 28.

The countdown site features Jokerized portraits of numerous political figures on a wall, with a Joker card run through with a red knife near the top.



Each of the portrait frames are labeled with a city. All of the people were/are also featured on US currency.

  • Boston – Benjamin Franklin ($100 bill)
  • Los Angeles - Dwight D Eisenhower ($1 coin, issued from 1971 - 1978)
  • Philadelphia - Thomas Jefferson ($2 bill; nickel)
  • Chicago - Andrew Jackson ($20 bill)
  • Dallas - Grover Cleveland ($1000 bill)
  • Seattle - James Madison ($5000 bill)
  • New York – Abraham Lincoln ($5 bill; penny)
  • Kansas City – George Washington ($1 bill; quarter)
  • Toronto - John F Kennedy (Half dollar coin)
  • San Francisco - Ulysses Grant ($50 bill)
  • London - Woodrow Wilson ($100,000 bill)
  • Sao Paulo - Alexander Hamilton ($10 bill)


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Clicking on the Joker card (stuck to the wall with a red knife) leads the participant to a new poster for The Dark Knight

April 25, 2008


The portraits are updated with instructions to meet at certain coordinates, linked to Google Maps, in each city at a specific time (counted down) on Monday, April 28, similar to the Whysoserious.com/ComicCon scavenger hunt game.

Gather with 300 of your closest friends at this exact spot on April 28th.

You'll need to be in contact with a partner-in-crime who has online access to relay your instructions once you're there. These instructions will give you the TRAIL to follow, but be sure to look both ways when crossing the street; we wouldn't want you to make an unscheduled visit to the ER now, would we?

Put on a smile and plan to spend about an hour or so bonding with your fellow clowns.

Check back here often for updates or changes.

The emphasis on "TRAIL" and "ER" implied that the reward for this game would be the next Dark Knight theatrical trailer.

The locations are as follows (times are approximate and grouped by simultaneous times, but they will be no earlier than the times listed):

  • Boston: George Washington Statue in the Boston Public Garden at 5:30pm EDT
  • Philadelphia: Warehouse on 4000 block of Main St (check Google Maps) at 5:30pm EDT
  • New York: Center of Bryant Park at 5:30pm EDT
  • Toronto: Center of Nathan Phillips Square at 5:30pm EDT (fixed)
  • Chicago: Northwest fountain in Olive Park at 5:30pm CDT
  • Dallas: Center of northeast parking lot of Northpark Center at 5:30pm CDT
  • Kansas City: Northwest corner of Nall Ave and W 117th St, adjacent to Sprint Nextel Corporation (may be inside the compound) at 5:30pm CDT
  • Seattle: Amphitheater in Victor Steinbrueck Park at 5:30pm PDT
  • Los Angeles: Courtyard on the corner of Hollywood Blvd and Highland Ave at 5:30pm PDT
  • San Francisco: Center of Hillside Park at 5:30pm PDT
  • Sao Paulo: Praca Rodrigo Lefevre (northwest corner of Av. Paulista and Av. 9 de Julho near the Sao Paulo Museum of Art) at 5:30pm (GMT-3)
  • London: Northeast corner of St James Park (The Mall and Horse Guards Rd) at 9pm GMT

April 28, 2008

The hunt

As each city's countdown reached zero, their respective portrait link was updated with instructions for online "Oracles" to give to their partners on the ground, who would then give them numerical answers requested in the clues.

London's instructions

Ready to get cracking? Here are the instructions to relay to your clowns on the ground. Don't go losing your mind because you need to remember all the answers - you'll need them in about 30 minutes.

Step 1: By the "ubique-itous" statue with the alien friend, face forward and count every ground floor column to your right. Beware the policeman's black and blue stares.

Step 2: Up the stairs prepare for battle. You'll be greeted with open arms. On the island, discover those who died in war and divide by the women who surround them.

Step 3: Go to the place of the frilly collar and count the number of steps you see in stone and light.

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The safe

30 minutes into the game, the portrait could be clicked to reveal a hidden safe requiring a 6-digit combination to open.

The combinations are as follows:

London: 35-90-48

Boston: 43-26-76
Philadelphia: 26-16-06
New York: 33-80-89
Toronto: 32-60-68
Chicago: 98-20-49

Kansas City: 74-35-76

Dallas: 86-56-01
Seattle: 65-42-60
Los Angeles: 41-44-98
San Fransisco: 76-36-42
São Paulo: 60-47-41


Using the answers collected by the players on the ground, the "Oracles" were able to open the safe, revealing a note from the Joker for the on-site players:

London's note

Good work, scavengers! Online clowns, be sure to give your on-the-ground cohorts these final instructions:

Around the bend from the Miserable People is an exotic gate. Your contact will be waiting there. He will give you your final set of instructions.

Stay together. Follow orders. You might have what it takes to pull this off.


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The reward

The players on the ground were sent to a final location described in their city's safe note to receive a Joker card and a raffle ticket. They were then led into a theater and were given a private showing of a new theatrical trailer for The Dark Knight. One participant in each city was randomly chosen in a raffle to receive a film reel. Photographs of the London reel reveal that the content is a vandalized version of the trailer, the edits seemingly done by the Joker himself.

The following cities' reel projections have been uploaded onto YouTube:

Two screenings of the Philadelphia reel projection can be downloaded from Megaupload here and here.

UPDATE: The Jokerized trailer reel can be viewed on The Dark Knight Blu-ray as an easter egg. Enter the numbers 56537 while playing Trailer #3 on disc 2.

Rapidshare links:

The following are notes and observations from the Chicago reel. Comparisons between the NY, Chicago, Dallas, and London reel notes show that the writing is basically identical between each reel, although the scenes are sometimes cut out of order.
  • "MPAA" replaced by "THE JOKER" on the preview screen
  • Numerous colored scribbles and swirls over the film
  • "JUMP!" scribbled beside Batman as he stands at a tall building ledge
  • HA HA HAs over the opening credits
  • Joker faces drawn on overexposed film
  • Joker face painted on Jim Gordon
  • Joker face painted on Harvey Dent
  • Bat ears and smile painted on Bruce Wayne
  • Arrows pointing to the Joker
  • "ME ME ME" around the Joker
  • "CHAOS FUN" written over the funeral riot scene
  • Joker face over the hospital explosion scene
  • "#1" beside the Joker card
  • Bullseye drawn over underexposed aerial Gotham shot
  • "Oops" scratched into the film
  • "Boring part" written over Harvey Dent introduction dinner scene
  • Bruce Wayne, Rachel Dawes, and Harvey Dent's faces scratched out
  • Opening credits spliced in out of order
  • Heart around Rachel w/ Jokerized face
  • "HUBBA HUBBA" drawn over Rachel (scene spliced in out of order)
  • "MAMAS BOY" written over Bruce Wayne's face
  • A few sections with "CUT THIS" written over
  • A section with the film horizontally cut and pasted back together
  • "KNIFE" and a knife drawing over several frames of scribbled white film
  • Glasses drawn on Alfred
  • Spliced-in scenes of Joker implying he's one of Rachel Dawes's "psychotic ex-boyfriends"
  • "LOL" written over scribbles and a black screen
  • "HA HA HA" written in the bank robbery scene
  • "BIG SMILE" written over a car explosion
  • Vertical flipping of the Batman-Joker interrogation scene
  • Heart drawn over Rachel Dawes
  • "CUT RACHEL" animated backwards over the party scene
  • "JOKER", "LONER", then "CUT" written over Batman
  • "I'M SAD" and "I NEED TO LAUGH" written over un-masked Batman
  • "ZZZZZ" written over Harvey Dent press conferece
  • "DORK" written backwards over Harvey Dent
  • "BURN" over Joker burning piles of cash
  • Lightsaber drawn over Joker's knife
  • Yellow swirly exhaust drawn coming from the Tumbler
  • "KABOOM" and scribbles drawn over the semi flip
  • "CHEER UP" written over Batman on wreckage
  • "WHEE" written over the zipline scene
  • "DO IT!" and "YEAH!" written over Gordon smashing the Batsignal
  • "...better class of criminal" changed to "...better clown"
  • Long green hair drawn on Joker leaning out the car window
  • An arrow following the liquid spilling out of the flask
  • "HA HA HA" written beside a screaming Harvey Dent
  • A Batsymbol drawn between Joker's hands, which smashes as he claps
  • "OH NO!" written over an explosion
  • An arrow pointing down as Joker pushes Rachel Dawes off a ledge
  • "GO AWAY" and "PARTY POOPER" written over Batman riding the Batpod
  • "READY" written over Joker firing the RPG
  • "BOOOOM" as a car explodes behind the Tumbler
  • "MY HERO" written over a scarred Harvey Dent holding a gun
  • "CUTE BIKE AWW" written over the Batpod
  • "BLAH BLAH" written over Harvey Dent giving his dialogue
  • "YAY!" written over Gordon smashing the Batsignal (spliced out of order)
  • Yellow poops drawn falling from a gliding Batman
  • "THE JOKER" and "HA HA HA HA HA" and a Joker face written over The Dark Knight credits
  • "I'M LAME" written over Batpod footage (spliced out of order)
  • The A circled to create "THE DORK KNIGHT"
  • "RICH PEOPLE SUCK" over Bruce Wayne mentioning the Lamborghini
  • Drawing of a bomb exploding over white film
  • A bullseye drawn over the Lamborghini
  • "TARGET PRACTICE" written over Bruce Wayne driving the Lamborghini
  • Additional spliced-in scene of car explosions
  • "FUN TIMES" and "ANARCHY BEGINS" written over the opening date
  • Spliced-in and vertically flipped scene of the Tumbler jumping over an explosion


San Fransisco's safe reveals another note, which proved to be a clue. The grid represents the 26 letters of the alphabet, running left to right. Each J corresponds to a letter. These were then matched up to the J's in each city's safe notes, showing which letters are repeated (ex: Kansas City and San Francisco = 2 I's). When unscrambled, the letters reveal "sittingducks."

This leads to Whysoserious.com/Sittingducks a three-row duck-shooting game.