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Folks in a Virginia neighborhood awoke Sunday morning to old TVs on their front porches, and security footage of the mysterious gift-giver has spawned wild theories and memes.
Henrico County porches were gifted with approximately 50 vintage TV sets, each carefully positioned with its screen facing the front door. “It was very twilight zone,” said Jeanne Brooksbank, one of the giftees, to the Washington Post. “Everyone started coming out of their houses, walking around the neighborhood looking at the TVs there on the doorstep.”
Because it’s 2019 and we’ve apparently entered the surrealist phase of existence, the phenomenon got weirder. A doorbell camera showed the gift-giver was a person wearing boots, jumpsuit, gloves, and… a vintage TV set upon their shoulders. Stranger still, the camera showed the being—now known as “TV Head”—pausing after depositing one of the TVs on the porch, looking back with a head tip, and waving at the camera before walking away.
There are so many questions, so few answers, and so many memes. While the city reportedly collected the TVs to be recycled, the internet grappled with the infinite possibilities TV Head could represent.
My theory: It's the owner of a motel, he's replacing the tv's in the rooms and doesn't want to pay to recycle 50 old ones since they likely still work— Cool Buttons (@cool_buttons) August 14, 2019
Clearly murdered other TV people and showing off his trophies.— Jeremy (@menks101) August 14, 2019
those are his eggs https://t.co/M1Q3mhUxKb— Manus, Amazon FC Ambassador (@zarawesome) August 13, 2019
I firmly believe TV Head is well-meaning or at least benign. A Mothman type guy.— Terror Bobby (@Rex_Coolguy) August 14, 2019
Comparisons were drawn to TV heads in media, including Cianti from the anime FLCL, Prince Robot from the Image comic series Saga, and The One Electronic from Evan Dahm’s webcomic Rice Boy.
Has anyone considered the tv guy is just someone in low budget Canti cosplay? pic.twitter.com/1ncuf6uQOo— 𝒓𝒊𝒏 (@countingsong) August 15, 2019
that awkward moment when you realize "prince robot" from Saga is now a real thing pic.twitter.com/shlnDM09zL— SJ Shayan (@Sjshayann) August 15, 2019
You vs. the guy she tells you not to worry about pic.twitter.com/e2MWIG0yX7— Toussaint Egan (@TheSaintOfTous) August 12, 2019
However, there are some theories that have not yet been posited, such as:
- TV Head is a time traveler sent to teach us that the constant search for higher fidelity produces unnecessary waste and to demonstrate that recycling of electronics can and should be easy and free.
- This is a guerilla marketing campaign for the DVD release of FLCL Progressive this fall.
- The real TV Head is the friends we made along the way.
But really, why question TV Head when you can embrace them? Folklore always comes from somewhere. (For example, the legend of Paul Bunyan might be based on French-Canadian logger Fabian Fournier, and neurologists have theorized that vampires appeared across cultures as an explanation for rabies.)
One can only begin to imagine what legend TV Head will become.
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H/T Washington Post
Alex Dalbey is a writer and zinester currently living in Saint Paul, Minnesota. They have written for The Daily Dot, Kill Screen, The Lingerie Addict, and Bullet Points.