In what can only be called an early, very bizarre holiday present to us, viewers throughout North America caught a glimpse of Labelscar tonight (12/23/09) on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson.
Yes, that Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson.
The bizarre sequence of events unfolded completely randomly and with perfect timing. Read on and you’ll see what a strange and random occurrence it actually was.
Earlier today, I came home for the holidays to the house I grew up in, in Janesville, Wisconsin. The night was less than remarkable, and considering we’re having an ice storm I had little plans other than a date with the TV. However, my mom recently removed the analog TV from my room; it was hooked up to rabbit ears and wasn’t much use after the DTV transition earlier this year. So, I hooked up the DTV tuner on my laptop to the same rabbit ears, and presto – I had basic TV again.
I kept the TV on in the background all night while I goofed around on the computer, and around 11:30 I tuned in to The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson on CBS. It’s a pretty good show – I like the guy’s sense of humor, personality, and delivery. Plus, he’s Scottish, and so am I, so I decided to sort of pay attention and leave it on in the background, and maybe catch a laugh or two.
About halfway through the show, a segment appeared featuring the show’s resident comic field reporter and SNL alum Tim Meadows. The setup had something to do with last minute holiday shopping, and Craig mentioned that Tim was on location at the Mall of America. At that point, they cut to Tim, in front of a green screen, and behind him was – sure enough – a scene from a typical mall.
Of course, I naturally perked up as soon as I heard “Mall of America” and watched a little more intently. They bantered about last-minute holiday shopping and were making some predictable jokes, and just when I was about to pull away I noticed something about the mall behind Tim that I couldn’t quite place. It didn’t look like the Mall of America to me at all, and I’ve been there many times. I figured he could be in a different part of the mall, or it could be a different mall altogether, but something about it really got my attention and looked very familiar.
Then it struck me. I noticed an obvious Sbarro on the right side of the frame, which they covered up in Photoshop, and I immediately thought of the Sbarro in the Janesville Mall. I knew that a Regis hair salon was to the left of the Sbarro in the Janesville Mall, and when they cut to Tim again I noticed that the Regis was there too, and the floor looked very similar as well. Because I was watching the show on my laptop using a DTV tuner and software, I snapped a couple stills of the segment, still unaware of what I was about to discover next.
Could it be possible that this very same setup exists in a different mall other than the one here in Janesville? Maybe, but something still seemed very eerie to me. If this was the Janesville Mall, appearing on national television in this strange comedy segment, how did they get this specific photo? Why would a random photo like this exist for the Janesville Mall?
…unless I took it.
That’s when I went directly to the Labelscar post for the Janesville Mall. I still figured that there was no way that CBS would just yank a picture off my site and use it on a popular, nationally-aired program, when the page finished loading and there…it…was. The exact same photo I took in 2008 was staring at me in both my web browser and on CBS. It was almost unreal.
So what gives, CBS? Why’d you use my photo? Is someone on the Late Late Show staff a fan of the site? If not, how did you even find it? Also, why did this happen while I was sitting in Janesville, where I can actually see the mall out the window? On top of that, it’s not often that I sit and watch TV using my laptop’s DTV tuner, let alone that I’m even up this late.
Really, really weird.
Hope you guys get as much of a kick out of it as I did. It was a really neat coincidence and I’d like to thank all the forces of randomness, kismet, Santa Claus or otherwise that brought it to my attention.
Oh, and happy holidays.