Close Encounters of the Celebrity Kind[rebelmouse-image 18356562 is_animated_gif=
On his 2014 album Mandatory Fun, Weird Al Yankovic sang all about mundane celebrity encounters in the song Lame Claim to Fame. In the lyrics, he mentions being in the checkout line behind Steven Seagal, sharing a public restroom with Jonah Hill and staying in the same hotel as Zooey Deschanel.
A lot of us have that friend who likes to say 'did I ever tell you about the time...' then recount a similarly underwhelming celebrity close encounter.
So Reddit user ghostx2 asked "What's your most mundane celebrity encounter?"
Here are just a few of the highlights.
Sharon Needles[rebelmouse-image 18356564 is_animated_gif=
I once stood behind Sharon Needles at a Lady Bunny show. She stepped on my toe by accident
It was awesome.
Edward James Olmos[rebelmouse-image 18356565 is_animated_gif=
I saw Edward James Olmos on a flight once as I was boarding. He smiled and nodded. My wife wondered why I was grinning like a fool at an old Mexican man.
Stephen King and Molly: the Thing of Evil[rebelmouse-image 18356567 is_animated_gif=
I was sitting on the beach at 7am watching the sunrise, next thing I know, some weird guy is walking behind me with his dog. He looked super disheveled and creepy, and he just kind of waved and kept walking. It was just my mom, stepdad, and I on the beach. That's when we realized who it was - it was Stephen King.
Here's a picture of my mom with him, she was totally caught off guard as he's been her favorite author for decades.
Patrick Stewart[rebelmouse-image 18356568 is_animated_gif=
I waved at Patrick Stewart and he waved back.
Johnny Knoxville[rebelmouse-image 18356569 is_animated_gif=
Sat next to Johnny Knoxville on a plane once.
LeVar Burton[rebelmouse-image 18356570 is_animated_gif=
When I was younger, we went into NYC for something or other, and Levar Burton was at the table next to us. Since I was a kid and watched Reading Rainbow, it was awesome. I was also too shy to say hi or to want to bother him, so he was just there, being left alone.
Shaq[rebelmouse-image 18356572 is_animated_gif=
I was walking into a movie theater bathroom and Shaq was washing his hands. Had I been there 30 seconds earlier I could've stood beside Shaq at a urinal. DAMMIT!
John Goodman[rebelmouse-image 18356573 is_animated_gif=
I saw John Goodman during Mardi Gras in New Orleans. I said "I love your work Mr. Goodman." He said, "thanks."
Kid Rock[rebelmouse-image 18356574 is_animated_gif=
My work van broke down in front of Kid Rock's house. While waiting for tow truck I was asked to move by security, when I explained why I was there he came out with a beer. Chatted 10 mins and went back in.
Robert Redford[rebelmouse-image 18356576 is_animated_gif=
I was eating at the restaurant by Sundance Ski Resort. Robert Redford strolled by, walking on lemon wedge that was on the floor. A lemon seed flew out and hit me on the ankle.
Suge Knight[rebelmouse-image 18356577 is_animated_gif=
Walked past Suge Knight and his entourage. Thought to myself, "was that Suge Knight?" and then some girl was like "OMG, that was Suge Knight"... then I was like, "Yeah, it was Suge Knight"
Stephen Hawking[rebelmouse-image 18356578 is_animated_gif=
My friend held the door open for Stephen Hawking, at a Holiday Inn.
Sal Vulcano[rebelmouse-image 18356579 is_animated_gif=
Sal Vulcano from the Impractical Jokers rides with my company a bunch. One time just cause I wanted to talk to him cause i'm a fan I called him to give him his drivers info and he apologized a bunch for various things.
Which is apparently a thing he does, I learned it on the Inside Jokes episode that he doesn't do well socially and apologizes out of nervous habit and it turns out to be true.
Something like "Yea sorry, I can't check my phone sorry, we're taxiing to the gate now sorry".
Eminem[rebelmouse-image 18356580 is_animated_gif=
Saw Eminem getting a slushy at 7-ELEVEn. I too was getting one and said "how's it going" in a very casual manner barely giving notice kind of way. Dude behind counter was acting like the President of the United States just walked in.
Mark Ruffalo[rebelmouse-image 18356581 is_animated_gif=
Used to work in SoHo, NYC, and one time Mark Ruffalo came in with his kids. When he got to the registers, the cashier didn't recognize him. He asked Mark if he had an account with the store, and then needed to look Mark Ruffalo up by phone number. Mark gave a number that, presumably, was his agents, because when the cashier searched he got back like Julia Roberts, Samuel Jackson, and some other celebs. Cashier looked legit confused, and it wasn't until he was like, "Okay, what's your first and last name?" and Mark went, "Ruffalo, Mark" that the cashier got all red and was like "OMG I LOVED YOU IN THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT."
Mark played it very cool, was super casual, and just in general was a nice dude, even though he obviously wanted to GTFO.
Simon Pegg[rebelmouse-image 18356582 is_animated_gif=
I sold some stationery to Simon Pegg when I was working at Borders.
I honestly did not even think it was him at first because it was like a regular Tuesday afternoon. We really didn't say anything throughout the transaction, but at the end I asked him, "Has anyone ever told you that you look like the guy from Shaun of the Dead?" And he replied in a voice I easily recognized, "I am the guy from Shaun of the Dead."
Gary Busey[rebelmouse-image 18356584 is_animated_gif=
Gary Busey took a photo of my wife and I on our honeymoon in Hawaii. He was surprised we asked him to take our picture instead of the other way around.
Criss Angel & Daniel Tosh[rebelmouse-image 18356585 is_animated_gif=
I saw Criss Angel and Daniel Tosh walking down the street together in Vegas, I said I was a fan in passing and Tosh told me to go f$#% myself.
Robin Williams[rebelmouse-image 18356586 is_animated_gif=
When I was 7 or so they were filming a Jumanji scene right down the street from my house (where Robin Williams handcuffs the cop to the car or something). I climbed a tree in my front yard to watch the filming. In between takes Robin saw me and waved at me. I was way to nervous to meet him.
If you watch the scene it ends with a camera pan and the scene cuts right before it would show my old house and the tree I was in.
Was He Nicer Than Chevy Chase?[rebelmouse-image 18356587 is_animated_gif=
President Ford tossed me a nickel at a parade.
I was 5. I ate it.
I remember my mom holding my head over the toilet as I was vomiting it back up- saying "Damn President Ford!"
Hold on tight when you find a brand deserving of your loyalty!
People shared their thoughts with us after Redditor spwf asked the online community,
"What brand(s) do you swear by and why?"
"Their cast iron pans..."
"Lodge. Their cast iron pans are super durable and can last a lifetime."
Glad to hear you've found some much-needed relief!
"Warranty and service..."
"This one brand..."
Yes, these are so good! An excellent choice.
"High quality" is right. Those pants last forever.
"It helps clean..."
Fantastic – it sounds like you should be their salesperson.
"They don't use..."
"New Balance. They don't use slave labor to make shoes."
They are comfortable and fit well.
"They are a retailer..."
Many people use them for shoes, for camping gear... all kinds of stuff. They're very reliable.
"I wear my Timberland boots..."
These shoes tend to last forever. "Durable" is the perfect word.
"One large bottle..."
Have some suggestions of your own? Tell us more in the comments below!
You know what would be great?
Let's just toss them out, shall we?
People shared their thoughts with us after Redditor Levels2ThisBrush asked the online community,
"What should be socially acceptable but isn't?"
"Leaving the office..."
"Leaving the office whenever you've finished your tasks for the day."
This is why I'm so glad remote work is the new office.
"And yet, I get it!"
I do not miss my retail days where I had to organise someone to cover me and beg on bended knee.
"Cashiers or workers who don’t need to be standing all day not having a stool or chair."
"Prices on apartments..."
I always assume if I have to ask the price I probably can’t afford it.
"Being quiet/not wanting to engage in conversation all the time."
In Finland, if somebody tries to talk to you, they are probably a tourist.
"Choosing not to..."
"Choosing not to have toxic family members in your life."
It feels very liberating once you accept that you don't have to put up with it.
"Employees calling customers out in public for being a**holes."
"The fact that I sometimes..."
You’re getting that sweet sweet insulin high… the high of being not-dead.
The "for some reason" you're referring to is simply propaganda on behalf of corporations.
Have some observations of your own? Feel free to tell us more in the comments below!
"What made you say 'f'k this sh*t im out?'"
The unwarranted reprimanding was something that was never mentioned in the initial job description.
"In the late 90’s."
"It was nice a few short years later, the entire chain bankrupted."
Human Punching Bag
"First shift back, not pleased being back, he makes a snarky comment."
"F'k this, Im out."
You Only Get One Job
"I was told that they couldn't give me a good schedule so I quit."
A Shocking Incident
"She lined my bed with broken glass put the blankets over it and I dove on in lol."
Ally For The Ex
The lesson for today is–Don't be miserable. Your sanity is worth saving.Besides, you would never know that something better awaits if you just don't get the F out.
Lucky for them, it's delicious either way.
And this can include foods which are not customarily sold both hot and cold (cold pizza anyone?).
"What is something that tastes good both hot and cold?"
Fresh out of the oven, or the next day!
Chocolate withstands all temperatrues
"Chocolate."Chocolate Satisfying GIF by HuffPostGiphy
Can't go wrong with fruit and pastry
"Apple pie."- Hak_Saw5000
This doesn't only apply to food
"Revenge."- pushthestartbuttonkarine vanasse revenge GIF by HULUGiphy
Let the flavor develop
"2 totally different flavors depending on warm vs cold from fridge."- nonkowledge
So many to choose from!
A matter of textural preference
"Cheese, ya fools."- eat_dontpray_loveCloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs Eating GIFGiphy
Under a hot greek sun, or during a cold winter's eve.