These people have been in line for today’s iPhone 6 release for a long, long time

September 19, 2014, 12:58 PM UTC
Apple Inc.'s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Go On Sale
Customers queue before the sales launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at the Apple Inc. store in Berlin, Germany, on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. The devices generate more than half of Apple's annual $171 billion in revenue and precede a swath of other products, including new iPads and Apple Watch. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Photograph by Krisztain Bocsi — Bloomberg/Getty Images

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By Denver Nicks

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.”