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January 16, 2008 4:30 PM   Subscribe

Balls!

D'oh!
posted by loquacious (42 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
Anyone speak Italian? I'd love to read a transcript of what the bemused policewoman is calling in on the radio.
posted by loquacious at 4:32 PM on January 16, 2008


Video of the cleanup.
posted by addyct at 4:37 PM on January 16, 2008


Clearly an Eisenstein homage.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 4:38 PM on January 16, 2008


I WARNED those guys at Last.fm.
posted by Astro Zombie at 4:42 PM on January 16, 2008 [4 favorites]


BALLS BALLS BALLS BALLS BALLS
posted by Greg Nog at 4:42 PM on January 16, 2008


Yeah -- as addyct's "Fixed Link" link points out this is reminiscent of Sony's Bravia commercial filmed in San Francisco in 1995.
posted by ericb at 4:44 PM on January 16, 2008


You know what it takes to pull off a stunt like that? A whole lotta lira.
posted by wendell at 4:45 PM on January 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


Or sfere.
posted by artifarce at 4:47 PM on January 16, 2008


Anyone speak Italian? I'd love to read a transcript of what the bemused policewoman is calling in on the radio.

To my ears she is saying something like "...and falling down the steps is a large number of red balls..."

Why don't we include some context:

Half a million multi-colored plastic balls bounced down Rome's famed Spanish Steps on Wednesday morning in the latest stunt by a man who has become famous for his self-styled protests at the city's landmarks.

The balls were thrown down the steps and into a 17th-century fountain by Graziano Cecchini, a 55-year old artist and right-wing activist who last year dumped a can of dye in the nearby Trevi fountain, turning it into a blood red pool.

"Italians' balls are broken," was written on leaflets distributed at the scene.

Cecchini, who was later detained by police along with three other protesters, said his was "an artistic operation which shows, through art, the problems we have here in Italy".

"The colors of the balls weren't chosen by accident. In fact, the majority are red - I wanted people to remember the Trevi fountain".

Wide-eyed tourists and shopkeepers watched in disbelief as the balls were thrown from the balcony of the Holy Trinity Church, at the top of the Spanish steps.

posted by vacapinta at 4:48 PM on January 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


What? That was fucking insane and awesome at the same time. This could have never happened here in the United States...too many lawsuits from injuries from "slipping" on one of those balls. "My neck! My back! My neck and my back!"
posted by MaryDellamorte at 4:48 PM on January 16, 2008 [2 favorites]


Right wing balls? Yuck.
posted by item at 4:49 PM on January 16, 2008


Right wing balls? Yuck.

And here I was hoping it was just some sort of playful Situationist prank.

Fuck it. I observe it as so - and thus it is.
posted by loquacious at 4:51 PM on January 16, 2008


filmed in San Francisco in 1995.

Err .. in 2005.
posted by ericb at 4:51 PM on January 16, 2008


Spanish Steps, schmeps. You put a recovery system at the bottom with a conveyor to the top, and you've got a fantastic tourist draw. Or Slinkys! What would ten thousand Slinkys descending sound like?
posted by steef at 5:00 PM on January 16, 2008 [2 favorites]


Pity they weren't superballs. Or slinkies. I would have liked to have seen 500,000 slinkies.

But not bad, not bad at all.
posted by IndigoJones at 5:02 PM on January 16, 2008


"My neck! My back! My neck and my back!"

My balls!
posted by nzero at 5:03 PM on January 16, 2008 [4 favorites]


(Damned preview!)
posted by IndigoJones at 5:03 PM on January 16, 2008


What would ten thousand Slinkys descending sound like?

However:

#188572 +(4766)- [X]
(TRON) if my calculations are correct SLINKY + ESCULATOR = EVERLASTING FUN
posted by loquacious at 5:03 PM on January 16, 2008


Err, meant to reply:

Or Slinkys! What would ten thousand Slinkys descending sound like?

Tangled.
posted by loquacious at 5:04 PM on January 16, 2008


Soon I will make a post that combines balls and Legos and THEN I WILL RULE METAFILTER! BWAHAHAHAHA!
posted by Horace Rumpole at 5:10 PM on January 16, 2008


I just love how Italians are so laid-back about everything; even, or especially, the cops.

Then again, if Italians weren't so laid-back about everything, maybe their country wouldn't be so fucked up.
posted by Flashman at 5:15 PM on January 16, 2008


Just make sure it's a youtube post that also incorporates xkcd and you've got a hit.
posted by item at 5:15 PM on January 16, 2008


I would have liked to have seen 500,000 slinkies.

They'd just go down like 2 steps and then just sit there.
posted by puke & cry at 5:18 PM on January 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


What we aren't seeing in this video is Mr. Moose asking Captain Kangaroo the knock-knock joke.
posted by Tube at 5:20 PM on January 16, 2008 [4 favorites]


NB: No innocent commuters had to cower in fear of a perceived terrista tack during the making of this video.
posted by fire&wings at 5:22 PM on January 16, 2008


OMG! Ball pit ball cleaner! Screw the ball pit, I'm getting one of these, and cleaning my balls all the live long day.
posted by dirigibleman at 5:31 PM on January 16, 2008 [2 favorites]


Soon I will make a post that combines balls and Legos and THEN I WILL RULE METAFILTER! BWAHAHAHAHA!

Only if I loan you my giant squid.
posted by misha at 5:35 PM on January 16, 2008


Ball Washing Machine with Suction Unit

!!!

Yes, sometimes I'm still twelve years old.
posted by loquacious at 5:36 PM on January 16, 2008


That's one mighty fine river of balls. Ow.
posted by Skygazer at 5:56 PM on January 16, 2008


Alright, that settles it. Someone needs to make a ball fountain somewhere.
posted by six-or-six-thirty at 6:09 PM on January 16, 2008


You know where all those little plastic balls are going to end up, right?
posted by stargell at 6:12 PM on January 16, 2008


Whatever it is you've done, the cops never think it's as funny or cool as you did.
posted by fandango_matt at 6:41 PM on January 16, 2008


My personal curse word (and I'm sure I'm not alone in this) is 'balls!' or sometimes "holy fucking balls!". So this post has me saying that, thanks.
posted by Green With You at 6:53 PM on January 16, 2008


You know who could have helped out here?
posted by louche mustachio at 7:29 PM on January 16, 2008


"May I have ten thousand marbles, please?"
posted by Joe Invisible at 9:36 PM on January 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


Even more helpful? Italian hippos. Manga! Manga!
posted by miss lynnster at 11:38 PM on January 16, 2008


Manga of Italian Hippos? Why am I not surprised?
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 12:04 AM on January 17, 2008


Manga of Italian Hippos? Why am I not surprised? Wacky Japanese.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 12:05 AM on January 17, 2008


what? that is weird.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 12:08 AM on January 17, 2008 [1 favorite]


Right wing balls? Yuck.

Exactly. While this and the red Trevi* looked pretty nifty, the perp is is a totally prententious right wing *cough*douchebag attentionwhore*cough* artiste with illusions of granduer.

Even putting his politics aside, I was put off by his statements post-Trevi incident, where he cloyingly declared before the cameras, "Oh no. Wasn't me, as I'm just a simple worker and whoever did this is a genius." Then two sentences later, the 'genius' fucked up and referred to it as "my gesture".
posted by romakimmy at 3:32 AM on January 17, 2008


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posted by turbodog at 12:39 PM on January 17, 2008


I would have liked to have seen 500,000 slinkies.

They'd just go down like 2 steps and then just sit there.

Bet you tell kids there's no Santa Claus or Easter Bunny, too.
posted by IndigoJones at 6:29 PM on January 17, 2008


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