While Pope Francis addressed Congress Sept. 24, New York City waited for his arrival. It was the perfect time to prank the Big Apple.
So, Madame Tassaud's drove around a new wax statue of the Pontiff in a convertible, leading to many turned heads, many selfies, many confused looks, many traffic snarls and at least one investigation by authorities.
Local news channel 6ABC has the story:
The wax figure of the pope was part of a publicity stunt for Madame Tassaud, which added it to its collection in advance of Pope Francis' visit to the United States. The company drove it around Midtown, hours before the pope's expected arrival.
Someone who saw the figure of the pope riding down Fifth Avenue was concerned, snapped a photo and sent it to the New York City Police Department.
Officers investigated and found that the pope wasn't really in the back of the white convertible, which hardly looked like the popemobile. The actual Pope Francis was addressing Congress at the time the replica was spotted in NYC.
No charges were filed in the incident, but Madame Tassaud personnel apologized to officers for not having a front license plate - a state motor vehicle violation.
One reporter even took a video of the goof.
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After teasing this odd video last week, Nickelodeon finally gave up the goods on what exactly they will offer with The Splat.
The AV Club lays out some details:
Arriving Monday, Oct. 5 on TeenNick and all around the internet, The Splat is being billed as a "multiscreen content destination… aggregating the most beloved Nick content from the 1990s and beyond." And while that summary is egregiously grating, what it essentially means is that shows like All That, Are You Afraid Of The Dark?, Clarissa Explains It All, and Legends Of The Hidden Temple are coming back to TV (again) in the near future.
The Splat will take over TeenNick nightly from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., but will also live online at TheSplat.com and via an Emoji keyboard, so CatDog loving 30-somethings can Snapchat each other silly cartoons, or whatever. Viewers can also weigh in on what programming they want to see on the channel, something that TeenNick SVP Keith Dawkins told The A.V. Club is really going to help build the channel. As he put it in an interview, "the multiple screen experience allows us to listen to the audience in ways we never could years ago," noting that while shows like The Adventures Of Pete And Pete might not be on the initial list of shows on the network, that doesn't mean they won't show up down the road—provided there's demand. "It'll all be based on what the audience tells us they want," says Dawkins.
The preliminary website is still only in its rudimentary stage, but surely it will have a list of what shows will be playing and at what times.
In an exclusive interview with Vanity Fair, Kanye West turned the 'Kanye for President in 2020' light hearted joke that was going around a few weeks ago into something shockingly close to earnestness.
It's a really long-winded diatribe in which he circles around the questions of a possible presidential run, switching topics and lines of thought like a cake-addled pedagogue.
Still, the interview makes it super clear that it's a possibility for Yeezy.
Question: "Are you still thinking of running in 2020?"
Answer: "Oh, definitely."
Here's some of what Kanye had to say:
When I run for president, I'd prefer not to run against someone. I would be like "I want to work with you." As soon as I heard [Ben] Carson speak, I tried for three weeks to get on the phone with him. I was like this is the most brilliant guy. And I think all the people running right now have something that each of the others needs. But the idea of this separation and this gladiator battle takes away from the main focus that the world needs help and the world needs all the people in a position of power or influence to come together.
He talked about when he first mentioned the prospect at last month's Video Music Awards:
And then as soon as I said that, it was like, "Wait a second, we would really be into that, because actually if you think about it, he's extremely thoughtful. Every time he's ever gotten in trouble, he was really jumping in front of a bullet for someone else. He's probably the most honest celebrity that we have." I didn't approach that because I thought it would be fun. It wasn't like, Oh, let's go rent some jet skis in Hawaii. No, the exact opposite. I sit in clubs and I'm like, Wow, I've got five years before I go and run for office and I've got a lot of research to do, I've got a lot of growing up to do. My dad has two masters degrees. My mom has a PhD, she used to work at Operation PUSH. Somehow the more and more creative I get, the closer and closer I get to who I was as a child. When I was a child, I was holding my mom's hand at Operation PUSH. I think it's time.
He discussed whether he would have to give up his design and his music if the American people voted him in office:
think about that. Because it's so therapeutic for me to sit and work for seven days. We work on the collection year-round, every day to the office, we have an amazing team, but then you have that seven days before the show where you just really, really don't sleep. . . . I have to stay creative. The whole point is to have someone [in office] that's creative, that's around amazing creatives. This is my theory: I think the world can be helped through design, so it's very important that I stay around creative, forward thinkers. It's very important that I continue to design, to be in practice of trying to make the best decisions possible. I hate politics. I'm not a politician at all. I care about the truth and I just care about human beings. I just want everyone to win, that's all I can say, and I think we can. . . .
Good luck, Ye.
As is their wont, South Park destroyed Donald Trump last night.
Trump has obviously been all over everything over the past few months, most recently facing off against Stephen Colbert on The Late Show. And the creators of South Park ain't havin' it.
Creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have been regularly involved in politics, everything from Kim Jong Il lamentation in Team America: World Police to the President Obama's first election episode which aired the day after voting.
In the episode, Donald Trump becomes the Canadian president and he must be stopped. According to the show, they thought his candidacy was a joke, but they let the joke go too far.
So in very South Park fashion, Mr. Garrison invades Canada to sexually assault Trump to death.
To quote the show:
"Did you hear the good news? The Canadian president has been f*cked to death!"
Breaking News: Big Macs are not good for your body. Who would have guessed?
This nifty infographic from Fast Food Menu Price tells you what really happens to your body one hour after consuming the McDonald's monstrosity.
"After consuming a Big Mac, it can take more than three days to fully digest," the infographic reveals.
That's gross, and also not even the worst fact. Read the rest below and decided for yourself if this tasty treat is worth all the harm it can cause your body.
The world may finally figure out why those birds are just so angry all the time.
A teaser trailer for The Angry Birds Movie was released today, and a star-studded cast will voice the birds and pigs you've come to know on the front of your smartphone screen.
The cast includes: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Kate McKinnon, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Bill Hader and Peter Dinklage.
Let's hope they hit this one out of the park.
The Angry Birds Movie will come to theaters May 2016.
You're going to love the way your feel on weed, he guarantees it.
Men's Warehouse founder George Zimmer has come out in favor of marijuana legalization in a big way, admitting that he regularly partakes of the drug that has seen sweeping support over the past few years.
He called the war against marijuana "the biggest con ever perpetrated" in an interview with CNBC:
"I've been smoking marijuana on a regular basis for about 50 years," Zimmer said to CNBC, before joking, "As you can see, it's really impacted me in a negative way."
Zimmer gave the keynote speech Friday at the Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo in Los Angeles, pushing for legalization. "Everybody in the country knows what the truth here is, except the 535 people we elect to make these decisions in Washington, D.C.," he told attendees. "It's astounding."
He's throwing his support behind an initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in California next year, just as he supported the proposition that failed in 2010. No matter what form legalization might take, Zimmer said, "I think it's important that we protect limited home cultivation without any government licensing, so whether it's one plant or 10 plants, I don't know, but I think that's very important."