Today in Harvard Square

This line started small on Tuesday and now has grown to about 4 blocks long snaking it’s way down Church Street. Why are they waiting in line for days on end? Sneakers go on sale Saturday.

A little past the line headed up Brattle Street I ran into this kiosk:

There’s no sign stating what it is so you have to hunt through the cards to find this:

From Wicked Local Cambridge:

Question: where do you go to find out if Santa is real? For reassurance in true love after a rough break-up? To find out why there is so much hatred in the world?

Answer: Harvard Square, where on June 14 Cambridge artist Johnny Monsarrat unveiled his Wheel of Questions/Wheel of Answers project’s new public venue, along with the hopes of breaking a world record for the most written questions answered in a year. The wheel will remain outside the Citibank at Brattle Square until October.

“Ministers, therapists…they help about a dozen people a day,” said Monsarrat, as black and red clad folk dancers from Belmont group Red Herring Morris performed as part of a recent unveiling ceremony. “I want to help 100.”

Partnered with a yet-to-be-revealed beer company, Monsarrat plans to answer at least 10,000 community questions posted on his “Tibetan prayer wheel” by the end of 2009.

So come to Harvard Square if you want to stand in a ridiculously long line for tennis shoes or if you want to see what Google would be like as a kiosk.


  1. Are the shoes personally handed to you by MJ and LBJ? Do they grant magical powers?

    Those people need to figure out and or hotsheet. I got enough standing long lines in the military, so if at all humanly possible I avoid lines.

  2. The Wheel of Answers is represented by the firm of Dewey, Cheatem, and Howe’s Hugh Louis Dewey, better known to the masochistic consumerism-addled sneaker purchasers of Harvard Square as Hughie Louie Dewey.

    And don’t drive like my brother. ;p

  3. WTF??? Why are they waiting for a shoe sale? I think that’s a more pressing question as to the “Wheel of Answers.”

  4. 4 days in a line for a pair of shoes… sounds like a survival story from WW2 rationing era, but no, it’s just for a sale.

    Something doesn’t compute to me.

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