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Klingons vs. Furries

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The furry teamYet another busy month for furries in the media is upon us, fronted by the Furries vs. Klingons bowling tournament; which gained internet-wide attention after being featured on Boing Boing and Fark TV.

Blogs went wild for this clash of the subcultures and someone even set up a poll on who they thought would win. From the start of the poll right up to weeks after the tournament the furs and Trekkies were neck and neck, each taking their turn to inch forward and fall back again. This was hyping up to be the subcultural clash of the year!

The hype was immense! Every furry, Trekkie and simply internet-centric website was reporting the event. Even Anthrocon caught up - bowling at the next Anthrocon anyone?

The date came - furries and Trekkies didn't just show up, so did swathes of spectators, fans and... four luchadors. Along with them came Fark TV, G4 and even rumours of CNN coming along to record the event. There were a large percentage more furries than Trekkies that attended the event, many in fursuit, in comparison to the few Trekkies who had splashed out on dressing up. The final score was 32 to 27 to the Treksters; however the furries were commended for managing to bowl at all while wearing bulky heads and paws too big for the bowling balls.

Within hours of the event finishing, videos started to appear on YouTube. Blogs lit up with reports of the event and, within the next few days, the more mainstream media started broadcasting the event around the globe.

YouTube sported most of the attendee videos and G4's Attack of the Show showcased the event on October 18th. Feedback from the event however was rarely positive; mostly neutral to downright insulting on some smaller blogs.

Nevertheless, all who attended, as well as the larger-scale media groups, claimed that the event as a whole was a roaring success and great fun doing it too! It made for some rather interesting photos too.

Now, how about next year?

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Founder, editor-in-chief and tea cosy of the (now defunct) Furtean Times.