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Ploompf!! Pillow Fights Erupt Across The Globe

  • Pillows fly near before the Elizabeth Bridge on the Danube in Budapest, Hungary, on Saturday, International Pillow Fight Day.
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    Pillows fly near before the Elizabeth Bridge on the Danube in Budapest, Hungary, on Saturday, International Pillow Fight Day.
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  • In London, the pillow fight was in Trafalgar Square.
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    In London, the pillow fight was in Trafalgar Square.
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  • In Hong Kong, they fought with pillows a week early.
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    In Hong Kong, they fought with pillows a week early.
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  • Germans fought in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.
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    Germans fought in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.
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  • After the fight, German municipal workers had to clean up the feathers.
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    After the fight, German municipal workers had to clean up the feathers.
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  • In Shanghai last Saturday, police broke up the fight.
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    In Shanghai last Saturday, police broke up the fight.
    Carlos Barria/Reuters via Landov
  • And in Taiwan, International Pillow Fight Day apparently had a sponsor.
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    And in Taiwan, International Pillow Fight Day apparently had a sponsor.
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If it's not already marked on your calendar, here's your warning: Today is International Pillow Fight Day. Cities around the world are taking the holiday seriously — as serious as a pillow fight can be, anyway.

Organized through Facebook and other forms of social media, the flashmob fights are often surprises for an unsuspecting public caught on a field of sudden battle. In Shanghai, as MSNBC.com reports, the cushy conflict was hastily broken up by police after just five minutes.

If you are unfamiliar or unprepared, don't worry; Pillowfightday.com has a handy guide plus a list of cities that are participating. "Never ask permission" is one of the tips the site offers.

There are rules, however, and WHYY's Newsworks site helpfully supplies some important ones:

Bring a soft pillow with a clean cover, sans feathers if possible.

No foreign objects in the cases: pillows only.

Be discrete prior to the event and keep all pillows secured.

Only hit others who also have a pillow.

Please, no beanbag chairs or body pillows.

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