Has terrorism become a joke?

That’s the sorrowful message currently at the homepage of Adult Swim, the Cartoon Network program whose inane show, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, set off a bomb scare in Boston with a guerrilla marketing campaign that involved using Lite Brite-like boxes attached to buildings. DARREN MCCOLLESTER/Getty Images News But the guys involved are sending a different ...

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That's the sorrowful message currently at the homepage of Adult Swim, the Cartoon Network program whose inane show, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, set off a bomb scare in Boston with a guerrilla marketing campaign that involved using Lite Brite-like boxes attached to buildings.

DARREN MCCOLLESTER/Getty Images News

But the guys involved are sending a different message entirely through their behavior:

That’s the sorrowful message currently at the homepage of Adult Swim, the Cartoon Network program whose inane show, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, set off a bomb scare in Boston with a guerrilla marketing campaign that involved using Lite Brite-like boxes attached to buildings.

DARREN MCCOLLESTER/Getty Images News

But the guys involved are sending a different message entirely through their behavior:

The two men accused of plunging metropolitan Boston into a panic with illuminated advertisements for a cartoon pleaded not guilty today in a courtroom packed with supporters and a crush of reporters.

The two men smiled broadly throughout much of the brief proceeding as Assistant Attorney General John Grossman described the battery-powered characters as “bomb-like devices.” The men, Peter Berdovsky, 27, and Sean Stevens, 28, face charges of placing a hoax device in a way that causes panic and disorderly conduct.

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