By Skip Daverman
MINNEAPOLIS – The Twin Cities have continued their bickering since they became sentient two days ago. Crowds are gathering around to see the mouths for themselves, but at their own peril.
University of Minnesota scientists and both city police forces have cordoned off several blocks around the mouths, both to monitor their continued bickering and to protect curious residents. “The decibel levels are typically in the 90s,” said physics Professor John Stockman. “That’s about as loud as a train whistle or jackhammer, and that’s when they talk at a normal level. When they yell, it’s up in the 140s, which is as loud as an airplane. That is very dangerous for human ears.”
Even with the police perimeter, three UM students snuck in to see the Minneapolis mouth. They threw beer cans into it without reaction. They continued throwing beer cans, garbage cans, and rocks, but the giant maw didn’t seem to notice. Then one student began to urinate into it, and that’s when it coughed and yelled.
The sound vibrations caused a minor earthquake in downtown Minneapolis and triggered the St. Paul mouth to laugh hysterically, causing another minor earthquake in St. Paul. Both were under 4.0 on the Richter scale. While no property damage was reported, the eardrums of the UM students were completely shattered, and hundreds of residents reported ringing in their ears for several minutes.
The Minneapolis police quickly arrested the three students and expanded their perimeter around the mouth. “This is really dangerous,” said Minneapolis police chief, Andrew McDaniels, at an impromptu press conference outside the new perimeter. “These gigantic mouths are nothing to be trifled with. Please stay behind the perimeter for your own safety.”
When reporters asked follow-up questions, McDaniels asked for them to be repeated several times, forcing everyone to yell for a half hour on the street.