Pre-orders for Nine Inch Nails' new EP "Not the Actual Events" landed on the doorsteps of fans the other day...with an added dirty bonus.

 

Nine Inch Nails fans were surprised when they opened their new EP's yesterday morning and discovered that their EP came with a little something extra.

 

Black powder.

 

So, what's up with the black powder inside the package?

 

Is it some sort of "punk rock" form of a glitter bomb? Is it a metaphor? Did the building the EP's were being shipped from burn down and this is actual soot from said building? What's going on here?

 

Now, to be fair, they DID post a warning on the outside of the package. It did warn of a "mess" once the package was opened. It did not, however, state that the 'mess' was a weird black charcoal powder that would get on EVERYTHING (including some of the merchandise inside).

 

According to the warning on the outside of the package, I think it's supposed to be a metaphor.

"To be read IN IT'S ENTIRETY before opening. Actions have consequences! N.T.A.E. may contain subversive elements that produce feelings of euphoria and may be harmful and unsettling to the consumer. Likewise, this physical package may lead to unrealized expectations or unexpected results upon opening. Caution should be exercised with both. AND THIS IS IMPORTANT...This will make a mess. By opening this envelope in any way, you assume all risks to your person and/or property, and waive any claim against The Null Corporation, any of its subsidiaries or affiliated entities from any and all damages or harm you may incur."

-Warning label on outside of NIN "N.T.A.E." EP package.

 

Therefore, if you open the package (even if you didn't read the warning) you are legally bound not to be mad. They tried to warn you...

 

It appears that the black powder is a metaphor. I think. That the music inside the package will effect you and give you similar feels to that of being on drugs, and the black powder is that drug. ...Maybe. I'm trying to figure it out, but I'm still a bit confused.

 

What do you interpret the black powder to mean?

 

...and how do you get it off of your clothes?