There’s lots of problems with the New York subway system — rats, the pee smell, and the fact that at any moment the Galactic Empire could board your train. Yes, the Improv Everywhere folks — who also made this fine Ghostbusters video, if you recall — decided to treat several commuters with a brief re-enactment of the opening scenes of A New Hope. Sadly but not unexpectedly, not a single New Yorker stood up and helped the princess while she was being dragged away to her almost certain doom. Thanks to everyone who sent in the tip.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.