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Real-life Humpty Dumpty statue falls off wall

Published: Monday, July 07, 2014 @ 2:34 PM
Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014 @ 2:34 PM

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 This is a case of life imitating art or nursery rhymes if we've ever heard one. (Via Flickr / Luis Miguel Justino

On Saturday in Turner, Oregon, a statue of nursery rhyme character Humpty Dumpty took a tumble off a wall at the Enchanted Forest amusement park.  (via KOIN)

"Two men tried to climb up for a picture with the sculpture. They accidentally pulled the wall down and Humpty down with it." (via KOIN)

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The Enchanted Forest was created, built and opened by Korean War veteran Roger Tofte in 1971. The company's Facebook account recounted Humpty's demise, "A sad day at EF! Hopefully we can put him together again! (Thankfully, no one was hurt, except Humpty)." (via Facebook / Enchanted Forest)

Tofte crafted the idea and the majority of the park himself with help from his wife, four children and friends when he realized that there wasn't very much for a family to see and do in the area. Construction began in 1964, with Tofte repairing watches on the side to pay for loans and building materials. (via Enchanted Forest)

Tofte, now 84 years old, told KOIN about rebuilding the structure: “It’s going to take a few hours to start from scratch again,” but he said he has “some creative juices left.”

It may have been a sad day for the Enchanted Forest, parkgoers and Tofte, but some news outlets took the chance to make some easy puns. 

The Oregonian noted "Calls to Mother Goose were not immediately returned." ​

KTVB also joined in, writing, "All the king’s horses and all the king’s men may be required for this repair job."

If you're unfamiliar with the nursery rhyme, it goes something like this: "Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall / Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. / All the king's horses and all the king's men / couldn't put Humpty together again." 

But here's another interesting fact: did you notice that nowhere in the rhyme is Humpty Dumpty referred to as an egg? 

Leading theories suggest that "Humpty Dumpty" was actually a cannon used during the English Civil War in 1648 during the seige of Colchester. The cannon apparently fell off a battlement and was unable to be saved...much like our egg-shaped friend. (via Knowledge Nuts)

It wasn't until 1872, when Lewis Carroll illustrated Humpty Dumpty in his book Through the Looking Glass, that Humpty came to life as an egg. (via Today I Found Out)

The park posted again Sunday, explaining the situation, and noting the piece was original art by Tofte from when the park first opened. 

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DJ Avicii’s family issues second statement: ‘He wanted to find peace’

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 1:44 PM

Avicii Dead at 28

The family of Swedish dance musician Avicii has issued a second statement after his death.

Variety reported that the statement on the artist, who was found dead in Muscatat, Oman, at age 28 April 20, seems to imply that Avicii died by suicide.

“A rep did not immediately reply to Variety’s request for clarification,” Variety reported. “However the statement’s original wording in Swedish makes the implication more overt, one Swedish-speaking source says.”

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The statement is the second issued by the family in three days. The first statement was issued Monday. Avicii’s real name was Tim Bergling.

“Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions,” the statement said. “An over-achieving perfectionist who traveled and worked hard at a pace that led to extreme stress. When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most -- music.

“He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace. Tim was not made for the business machine he found himself in; he was a sensitive guy who loved his fans but shunned the spotlight. Tim, you will forever be loved and sadly missed. The person you were and your music will keep your memory alive. We love you.”

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The Associated Press reported Sunday that two autopsies on Bergling showed nothing suspicious in his death. The report cited Sweden’s public broadcaster STV, which cited information from an anonymous police source in Oman. The musician was best known for his single “Wake Me Up.”

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Cardi B cancels some tour dates due to pregnancy

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 11:49 AM

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Cardi B is canceling some tour dates this summer due to her pregnancy.

The rapper, whose major label album “Invasion of Privacy” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chartrevealed her pregnancy on “Saturday Night Live” after reports speculated she was expecting. It is her first child with her fiance, Migos rapper Offset.

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Billboard reported that Cardi is set to perform at the Broccoli City Festival this weekend at RFK Stadium Festival Grounds in Washington. She announced on Instagram Wednesday that it would be her last performance before canceling some shows.

Related: Cardi B reveals pregnancy, shows off baby bump in ‘SNL’ performance

“Broccoli Fest will be my last performance for a little while and everything because, you know, shawty keep growin’,” Cardi said about her baby. “I be looking like I be moving and everything but in reality, a (expletive) barely can breathe!”

The canceled dates include stops in Texas, Florida, Ireland and New York.

Related: Photos: Cardi B performs at Coachella

Cardi performed her own set at both weekends of Coachella and made an appearance during Migos’ weekend two performance. She said she would be back on stage for Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic” tour, which starts in September.

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Cardi B’s ‘Invasion of Privacy’ is No. 1 Billboard 200 album

Published: Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 3:44 AM

Cardi B's debut studio album is No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)
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Cardi B's debut studio album is No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)(Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella/Getty Images for Coachella)

Cardi B has become the fifth female rapper to have a No. 1 record on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

The rapper’s debut studio album, “Invasion of Privacy,” debuted at No. 1 and is the biggest selling album for an R&B or hip-hop album this year. According to Nielsen Music, the release has sold 255,000 equivalent album units.

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Forbes reported that, due to a technicality, the album was eligible to be certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling 500,000 units. Cardi’s debut major label single, “Bodak Yellow,” has been certified 5-times platinum by the RIAA, selling 5 million copies. Ten track units is equal to one album sale, which works out to 500,000 album units.

Cardi B joins the company of Nicki Minaj, Eve, Foxy Brown and Lauryn Hill who have all had a No. 1 Billboard 200 album. 

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Chance the Rapper defends Kanye West, says ‘black people don’t have to be democrats’

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 10:56 AM

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Chance the Rapper is in hot water for a tweet that seems to defend his fellow rapper and friend Kanye West.

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The Chicago Tribune reported that West started a series of tweets Wednesday that  appeared to criticize former President Barack Obama and support President Donald Trump. West tweeted a photo of himself in a Make America Great Again hat and another of a MAGA hat signed by Trump. He also said that although he loves Trump, he doesn’t agree with everything he does.

The rapper, who in the past supported Democratic President Obama, said that he is not political. 

“I love when people have their own ideas,” he tweeted. “You don’t have to be allowed anymore. Just be. Love who you want to love. That’s free thought. I’m not even political. I’m not a democrat or a republican.” 

Regardless of his political affiliation, Chance appeared to support his friend’s tweets.

“Talked to him two days ago. He’s in a great space and not affected by folk tryna question his mental or physical health,” Chance tweeted, according to The Washington Post. “Black people don’t have to be democrats.”

Chance’s tweet was met with more criticism from fans who had a problem with West, a black rapper, supporting Trump, who has put in place policies that many argue disproportionately affect people of color and the LGBTQ community. Both are groups West has expressed support for in the past. 

Trump, for his part, was appreciative of West’s tweets.

West may clarify his support for Trump and his other tweets in an upcoming interview with radio personality Charlamagne tha God. The date for the interview has not been announced.

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