Ireland is once again making international headlines, though, this time, it’s for the most despicable of reasons – a giant Minion causing traffic mayhem in Santry, north county Dublin.
The inflatable 40-foot Minion, which was being used to promote a nearby temporary fairground, slipped its moorings in the high winds that swept the country on Monday evening.
The Minion balloon – modelled on one of the characters from the recent Minions movie and the Despicable Me franchise – entered the roadway, rolling along and bringing traffic to a standstill, the world’s media gleefully reported:
— DailyEdge.ie (@dailyedge) August 4, 2015
— E! Online (@eonline) August 4, 2015
Watch out! A giant ‘Minion’ breaks free and rolls down the street in Dublin. Courtesy Erin Van Londen/Facebook. pic.twitter.com/iGUvDlW4PM
— ABC News (@abcnews) August 4, 2015
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) August 4, 2015
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) August 4, 2015
— PerthNow (@perthnow) August 4, 2015
Twitter was quick to poke fun, with users providing motivations for the escapee and offering commentary:
Bae: come over Me: but I’m a giant inflatable minion Bae: but my parents aren’t home Me: pic.twitter.com/uKTRN0fKs0
— E (@lena440) August 4, 2015
— Joe O’Shea (@josefoshea) August 4, 2015
Some people just can’t handle a Bank Holiday!😂 Spare a thought for this Minion blocking the Old Swords Rd in today! pic.twitter.com/aMNKca97cP
— Today FM (@todayfm) August 3, 2015
— Mary Mc Intyre (@Mc1988) August 3, 2015
— Megan Hess (@mhess4) August 3, 2015
A few tweeters, recognising Minion-mania as indicative of the approaching apocalypse, saw this as the first sign of the end times:
THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS, THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS, NOT WITH A BANG BUT WITH A MINION!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/SErGj8xoOE
— where do (@minionsbelong) August 4, 2015
The uprise is starting earlier than expected. Fight or become a minion. Trust no one. Good luck and stay safe. https://t.co/RZNPgUEC8N
— bay (@BayleeIsAwkward) August 4, 2015
No one was injured in the incident, and the situation was dealt with quickly by Gardaí.
In spite of this, Cllr Paul McAuliffe questioned the efficacy of the fairground’s health and safety procedures, bringing us the best tweet of the day, referencing – apparently unintentionally – the Minions’ silver screen debut:
— Cllr Paul McAuliffe (@PaulMcauliffe) August 3, 2015
Main image via Sonny Abesamis/Flickr
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