Last Friday, the Internet came to a grinding halt as everyone with a computer or mobile device rededicated their afternoons to following the exploits of Batkid, the 5-year-old boy battling leukemia and The Riddler in downtown San Francisco.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation organized for Miles Scott to travel around town stopping a bank robbery and rescuing a woman tied to the train tracks. Originally, the whole shebang was supposed to be a small-scale production. But, once the Internet got its hands on it, the plot thickened dramatically.
But by the time the event rolled around Friday, the crowd estimate had swelled to 14,500 and the simple presentation had grown into a full-blown production, complete with big-screen TVs and professional, high-tech staging.
The city will pay for the tab using money charged to conventions that use Moscone Center. It's the same pot of cash that funds the $150,000 Fourth of July fireworks show.