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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.
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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.”

This is how you know the apocalypse is near:

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

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