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Police Shut Down 3,000-Person Game Of Hide And Seek At IKEA Store

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Think of the most epic group game you could possibly play and then multiply that by 100.

And then think of the most intense buzz kill you could ever experience and multiply that by 10,000.

That is what happened at an Ikea store in Glasgow, Scotland on August 31st.


Five Scotland Yard officers stuck around the Ikea in Glasgow, Scotland in fierce apprehension that some 3,000 people who clicked "attending" on a Facebook event for a rousing game of hide-and-seek would actually show up and wreak havoc inside the store.





Ultimately, no game took place.

But police were on high alert, reportedly "stopping everyone who look[ed] like they [were] here for a game of hide and seek," said one customer, Lewis Phillips.

But not for lack of trying—apparently, playing hide-and-seek in European Ikeas is something of a fashion.

Elise De Rijck, a blogger from Belgium, worked with her local Ikea to make a hide-and-seek game happen for her 30th birthday.





However, this particular Ikea staff were not amused and phoned police once they became aware of the Facebook event.

In successful hide-and-seek games, players hide in every piece of furniture imaginable, from couch cushions to bed frames and from desk drawers to refrigerators.





We think we can all agree when we say to Scotland Yard: Way to ruin the fun.

Perhaps the trend of playing hide-and-seek in Ikea will make its way to the United States sooner rather than later.

Or, ya know those Costco shelves look pretty inviting...

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The wizarding world is now a reality.

Sort of.

A Canadian company has created a real life invisibility cloak, and it's mind-blowing to see in action.

The company, HyperStealth Biotechnology Corp., calls its creation "Quantum Stealth."

See it in action here:

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Describing themselves on their website as "Leaders in Camouflage, Concealment, and Deception", HyperStealth has patents pending on their magical invention.

The "invisibility shield" is made of an inexpensive, paper thin material that bends light to make objects appear to be invisible. The company boasts that it would be able to hide people, vehicles, and even buildings.

Humans hidden by Quantum Stealth would also be undetectable to heat-sensing cameras.

Meet the Canadian who created a real-life invisibility shield youtu.be

Guy Cramer, the CEO of HyperStealth and the shield's inventor explained to CTV News:

"This is the same material that you see in 3D books and DVD covers and movie posters where by moving side to side you get a 3D image. We're using the same material and we've removed the picture from behind it to get that effect."

The material was never meant to for public use, but Cramer hopes that his invention will be helpful to Canada's military allies, including the United States.

Since releasing video demonstrations of the "invisibility cloak", military personnel have become interested in learning more about it.

Reception to the prototype, initially demonstrated to militaries in 2011, was lukewarm. But HyperStealth's recent promotional materials have since caught the attention of higher ups.

Cramer has expressed surprise about the public's interest in "Quantum Stealth" on Twitter.

Cramer admitted to CTV that he has reservations about how the material can be used:

"The intention was to keep it out of the public and to allow the military to use it sparingly or bury it. My concern is the criminal element using this at some point in the future and non-allied countries using it against our soldiers out there."

Fans of the Harry Potter series are comparing "Quantum Stealth" to Harry's Invisibility Cloak.





Featured in both the book and movies, Harry's Invisibility Cloak is a made from a magical fabric that he and his friends wear to appear invisible, usually to hide from Hogwarts' staff.

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Twitter is in awe of the invention's unbelievable capabilities.





Though some people share Cramer's worries about it falling into the wrong hands and its use in warfare.





Despite the public's excitement and concerns, Cramer doubts that it will ever be available for civilian use.

When addressing "Quantum Stealth's availability to the general public, he wrote on the HyperStealth website:

"Not in the near future unless the Military decided to release the technology and I don't anticipate that will happen anytime soon."

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