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To many, the name Morpheus will be best known because of the character played by Laurence Fishburne in The Matrix.
Morpheus is also a Greek god, most commonly associated with sleep and dreams. It was also a file-sharing software from the early 2000s that wasn't quite as popular as Limewire.
In an unprecedented resurrection, Morpheus has made a revival and is now back in the public conscience thanks to the most unlikely of sources; Transport for London.
In a series of bizarre tweets on Wednesday, TfL began tweeting the name 'Morpheus' over and over again with almost no context. The tweets were soon deleted but everyone was left very confused.
Some tweets were even signed off by the mysterious 'Morpheus.'
@karenmorrison1 Hi Karen, I'm sure staff at Kilburn station will be very pleased to hear that the Tulips have done… https://t.co/1pjvT24LNd — Transport for London (@Transport for London)
@sorayalaurs Hi Soraya, sorry for the lack of consideration being shown here by this person with the eye mask. I've… https://t.co/gKHvuzGBAa — Transport for London (@Transport for London)
@JuliaCorrieRoss Hi Julia, sorry for longer wait than normal for a train. The train has been delayed due to being s… https://t.co/4R3uujb0Rb — Transport for London (@Transport for London)
Eagle-eyed Twitter users soon picked up on these strange tweets and questioned what on Earth was going on? Unfortunately, no one said 'Deja Vu' so we couldn't make a nod to that scene in The Matrix.
Is TFL ok? https://t.co/zTqgdqMZnx — Scott Bryan (@Scott Bryan)
@TfL have a word with yourself Morpheus... https://t.co/6EJlCW7DSA — Bluedazzler 💙 (@Bluedazzler 💙)
@TfL has gone a bit, erm, 'Morpheus'. https://t.co/4VeDgsLSJU — Robin La Roca #StopTheSpread (@Robin La Roca #StopTheSpread)
Transport for London seems to have lost it this morning. #Morpheus #TfL https://t.co/1pxc66Jy5Y — Owen Collins (@Owen Collins)
Where were you on the great Morpheus TFL Ride? — Jon D Barker 📸🏳️🌈🤟🏻 (@Jon D Barker 📸🏳️🌈🤟🏻)
@TfL Is ^Morpheus OK? We're worried... https://t.co/meqZsHTibT — Stuart C Taylor (@Stuart C Taylor)
A TfL spokesman later confirmed that the account hadn't been hacked but it was a simple error and the tweets were posted by mistake and that it was "nothing more sinister than that".
TfL eventually started to have some fun with the error and made a few nods to The Matrix in follow-up tweets.
@beckieboom Hi Rebecca, 🙈 I guess you could say slight glitch in the matrix 😅 Thanks, Dee — Transport for London (@Transport for London)
@lebarrichello Hi Leba, Oops, slight glitch in the matrix 🙈 All sorted now 😬 — Transport for London (@Transport for London)
Sure, it was a mistake but perhaps TfL know something that we don't know...
The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room.You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television.You can feel it when you go to work... when you go to church... when you pay your taxes.It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.
The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room.
You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television.
You can feel it when you go to work... when you go to church... when you pay your taxes.
It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.
HT Evening Standard
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