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Max Headroom Pirating Incident by grthink Max Headroom Pirating Incident by grthink
From Wikipedia: "The Max Headroom Pirating Incident 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 his accomplices have ever been found or identified."

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:iconcartoonprincess15:
CartoonPrincess15 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Filmographer
(sarcastically holds a Pepsi can) Catch the Wave!
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:iconprocyonnoumer:
ProcyonNoumer Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
i just discovered this 2day and, creepy but funny..... i wonder how did tht guy do the moving background edit, ppl who use sony vegas probably struggle 2 do stuff like tht to this day!
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:iconsharazdestler:
SharazDestler Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
Very simple--it was a physical effect involving a sheet of corrugated aluminum.
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:iconprocyonnoumer:
ProcyonNoumer Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
I still sprta find it hard to picture tho, or its just me >.<
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:iconsharazdestler:
SharazDestler Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015
There was another guy behind the sheet, wobbling it left and right.
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:iconprocyonnoumer:
ProcyonNoumer Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
ooooh ok!
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:iconvonithipathachai:
VonIthipathachai Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014   Digital Artist
I never even expected DeviantArt artwork of the Max Headroom hijacker, let alone the real one...
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:iconolaf53:
Olaf53 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Student Artist
Arrrrrrrrrrrrgh, My Piles!
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:iconkayanne21:
kayanne21 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Holly crap...
It's like a real life creepypast or ...something... What the hell was that. XD
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:icontheaccountuser98:
TheAccountuser98 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
I STOLE CBS
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:iconolaf53:
Olaf53 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Student Artist
I still see the X
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:iconfantasticfrank:
FantasticFrank Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Student Digital Artist
AARRRRGGHHH, MY FILES
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:icontheaccountuser98:
TheAccountuser98 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
CATCH THE WAVE
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sopranomonroe Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Oh God, I love Max Headroom (thanks to my dad), but that guy is as creepy as hell! I first saw the video of the signal piracy at night. I lost sleep over it...but I'm strangely obsessed with finding out who the fake Max really is! lol!

I really love how you drew him, though, capturing all of the creepyness. :XD: Especially in the "ARGGH! MY FILES!" one.
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:icongrthink:
grthink Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
I became obsessed with that video -- it was only watching it over and over again the diluted it's impact on me. I reckon it was only students mucking about but it really did freak me out.

Thanks for the nice comments :D
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sopranomonroe Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
I became obsessed with it too, really trying to get as much information on it as I could. There's a really good "documentary" on YouTube, although they got some facts wrong.
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:icongrthink:
grthink Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
Yeah, and the voice-overs kinda boring :) But if the FBI couldn't track him down, some students publishing to youTube weren't going to be able to :)
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sopranomonroe Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah, the guy doesn't enunciate (sp?) very well, so it's kind of hard to figure out what he's saying sometimes.

What creeps me out is that the guy is probably still out there, but nobody knows who he is! I mean...he could be like, my teacher or something. :XD:

And then, of course, there's the burning question of why he did it in the first place. Any theories?
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Scifimaster92 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015
Personally, I actually found the video to be rather humorous, due to the rambling and nonsensical nature of the guy's speech as well as the fact that he sounds almost like a demented Cyberman on weed.
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:iconsopranomonroe:
sopranomonroe Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
"he sounds almost like a demented Cyberman on weed"

Obviously my comment was from 5 years ago but I am so glad you left that reply because he totally sounded like that.
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xXflamingheartXx Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
i love you so much.
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:icongrthink:
grthink Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010
Thank you, that's very kind of you to say. Especiall without any prompting.
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xXflamingheartXx Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
i love you so much.
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:icongrthink:
grthink Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010
You love me enough to say it twice? Well, I'll be honest, I'm a little taken aback.
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:iconjeis:
Jeis Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010
This guy inspires me.
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:iconpsycopathl:
PsycopathL Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010
I just saw this today and I can honestly say, that was THE weridest thing i ave ever seen in my life O_O :O
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:icongrthink:
grthink Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010
Yep, I got pretty obsessed by it for a while... it creeped me out so much.
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:iconpsycopathl:
PsycopathL Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010
Ow yeah i can relate to that, being obsessed by something that makes (little) sense to you but may actualy be random bull crap.
But still your art is pretty cool :D
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:icongrthink:
grthink Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
Thanks :)
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:iconimager7:
imager7 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008
wow, that video is just all kinds of creepy.

...then again, so was Max Headroom.
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:icongrthink:
grthink Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008
First time I watched that, it actually quite scared me... I had to watch it over and over just to get some perspective on it.

I missed out on the actual Max Headroom... I can't speak for the rest of the UK, but I only knew him from Bobby Davro's impression of him (don't worry about who Bobby Davro is...)
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SharazDestler Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
Wasn't he that guy in a wheelchair who said things like "AND THROUGH THE DALEKS I SHALL HAVE THAT POOOWEEEEERRRRR!"?
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:iconimager7:
imager7 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008
Wikipedia to the rescue!
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:icongrthink:
grthink Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008
And having read the wikipedia article, do you now concedethat you should have perhaps taken my advice, and not worry about Davro?

If it had been Davros, however... well, Davros is another thing entirely.
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:iconsharazdestler:
SharazDestler Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
I was *trying* to be funny. :p
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:iconimager7:
imager7 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008
You win...but Doctor Who is awesome, soooo THERE!

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna go watch popular British television shows from the '60s. Cheerio!
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:iconjimmyquebec:
jimmyquebec Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008
yep, you've certainly captured the creepy!
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:icongrthink:
grthink Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008
That's very, very kind of you to say. As I've told you, it's better in real life.
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