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Moon Ray (L) and her husband Jason Ray talk on Skype as they wait in line September 9, 2014 outside the Apple Store on 5th Avenue in New York. Don Emmert—AFP/Getty Images

These People Have Been in Line for Today's iPhone 6 Release for a Long, Long Time

Sep 19, 2014

From time to time, great swaths of humanity are united by one common purpose—to fritter away what time they have left on Earth standing or sitting or sleeping in a line to get Apple's latest iPhone. Today, which marks the release of Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, is one of those days.

The conventional wisdom in these modern times says we're too busy, pulled in different directions, frantically running from task to task in our over-connected, over-digitized lives.

But today, from Kentucky to Kansas, from Canada to Germany and across the globe humans are taking a stand that says, "No! We are not slaves to the rat race. See? We're waiting in line for ungodly spans of time to be first to get a marginally better tiny computer because we literally have nothing better to do."

https://twitter.com/maggieKTVB7/status/512928757380681729

https://twitter.com/holdmyphone02/status/512931274169016320

https://twitter.com/lazmorph/status/512932129777651712

This is how you know the apocalypse is near:

Then, in the distance, a voice of sanity, a ray of hope for humankind:

See the World Await and Celebrate Apple's iPhone 6

People pass time as they wait outside an Apple store for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in London on Sept. 17, 2014.
People pass time as they wait outside an Apple store for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in London on Sept. 17, 2014.Lefteris Pitarakis—AP
People pass time as they wait outside an Apple store for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in London on Sept. 17, 2014.
People wait for the release of Apple's new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in front of the Apple Store in Tokyo on Sept. 18, 2014.
A man sleeps in a tent in the queue outside an Apple store in London on Sept. 18, 2014.
A man wearing a replica of an iPhone 6 Plus model on his head yawns while waiting in front of the Apple Store in Tokyo on Sept. 19, 2014.
A woman sleeps in a chair as she waits in queue outside the Apple store in London on Sept. 18, 2014.
A staff member removes a display poster of iPhone 5S at the Apple store in Tokyo on Sept. 18, 2014,.
Customers queue outside an Apple store in Hong Kong on Sept. 19, 2014.
Ken Miyauchi Vice President of Softbank, Japanese mobile phone company and actress Sayaka Kanda, in a pink dress, react during a ceremony to mark the first day of sales of the latest iPhone 6 and 6 Plus at a store in Tokyo on Sept. 19, 2014.
Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus go on sale in USA
Apple store staff high five customers as they enter the store in Tokyo on Sept. 19, 2014.
A man wearingaA man wearing a mask depicting Apple's co-founder Steve Jobs holds up a cardboard cut-out of Apple's new iPhone 6, as he walks into the Apple Store in Tokyo on Sept. 18, 2014. a mask depicting Steve Jobs holds up a cardboard cut-out of Apple's new iPhone 6, as he walks into the Apple Store in Tokyo
Andreas Gibson celebrates as he exits the Apple store after being the first to purchase an iPhone 6 Plus on Sept. 19, 2014 in New York.
Jamael Ahmed jumps in the air as he leaves the store after being the first to purchase the iPhone 6 at Apple Covent Gardens in London on Sept. 19, 2014.
People pass time as they wait outside an Apple store for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in London on Sept. 17, 2014.
Lefteris Pitarakis—AP
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