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This Post-it war ended with a savage mic drop—and then kept going

No surrender.


Nayomi Reghay

Internet Culture

Published Jun 1, 2016   Updated Feb 29, 2020, 6:03 am CST

It started with a simple greeting from an office window.

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Messages from the other side #Hi #postitwars #canalnotes

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And soon it exploded into a full-on war. 

Office workers from Havas Worldwide, Horizon Media, Cake Group, Biolumina and Harrison, Star, and Getty Images took to their Canal Street windows to create one of the most epic and colorful battles of all time. In the weeks that followed, windows came to life with cartoon favorites like Pokémon.

And Tina from Bob’s Burgers.

Even classic favorites like the Pink Panther and R2D2 joined the fun.

But no one could have predicted the final epic move from Havas Worldwide. With one glorious mic drop, Havas delivered a strike that seemed totally unbeatable.

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Redditor FUNKYDISCO posted the above image to the /funny subreddit. It thrilled commenters and quickly made its way to Reddit‘s front page. 

One happy commenter happened to be redditor craftBK, a supervisor in Havas’s building. According to craftBK, the awe-inspiring stunt wasn’t that tricky to pull off. As they explained: 

“Some graphic designers rendered the building and laid out exactly how the hand + mic should be placed in each pane of each window. From there it was pretty easy. A bunch of people stayed late on Monday, got a ton of beer and pizza and went floor by floor executing.”

Apparently, craftBK also went above and beyond, running up and down the stairs of the Canal Street offices to share a series of photos from the Havas side of things.

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There’s also a brilliant time lapse of the mic drop coming to life.

On Twitter, other office workers shared their views with the hashtag #canalnotes.

And then, just when we thought the saga had ended, New York magazine and Getty Images entered the fray with the only possible thing that could top a mic drop.

So who really won this battle? If a mic has been dropped, can a fat lady still sing? It’s hard to say. But according to some fresh intel at Horizon Media, this war ain’t over yet.

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Update 3:48pm CT, July 22: In an earlier version of this article, the Fat Lady Post-it display was incorrectly attributed to Horizon. In fact, as the Instagram photo shows, it was the work of New York magazine and Getty Images. The Daily Dot regrets the error. 

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*First Published: Jun 1, 2016, 1:11 pm CDT