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Woman Makes Sign Telling Neighbors to Start “Silly Walking” and They Don’t Disappoint

 

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As the weeks spent in coronavirus quarantine go on, people are finding new (and usual) ways to entertain themselves, whether it's recreating iconic art or giving a dog a daily makeover. Liz Koto and her family have found another way to make us laugh—with some help from their neighbors. They have deemed the sidewalk in front of their house as the “jurisdiction of the Ministry of Silly Walks” and instructed those who pass by their sign to immediately begin “silly walking.” All of the resulting funny footwork is captured on the family’s doorbell cam.

Koto’s quarantine activity is inspired by a Monty Python sketch titled “Ministry of Silly Walks.” In it, a civil servant played by John Cleese moves in a variety of funny ways that include swinging his legs front to back as well as bringing his knees high above his waist. On Koto's sign, she instructs anyone who has questions about how to walk to refer to that sketch.

As it turns out, Koto’s neighbors are very good at silly walking. Like Cleese, many of them move their legs in the same exaggerated ways. But some choose to forge their own path and do exercises or pretend they’re on a tightrope, carefully traversing the path in front of them. They all appear to be having a good time, and their palpable joy has made Koto’s Instagram, Yorkshire Silly Walks, a popular destination for some lighthearted fun.

Liz Koto and her family have deemed the sidewalk in front of their house as the “jurisdiction of the Ministry of Silly Walks” and instructed those who pass to begin “silly walking.”

 

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Everyone has their own style—some exaggerate their walk while others make it a family affair.

 

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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