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Video: Shell "Oil Rig" Breaks, Sprays Liquor All Over Fancy People


Last night the Seattle Space Needle hosted an event to commemorate Royal Dutch Shell plunging its steely barb into the Arctic. New York-based Occupy Wall Street protester Logan Price, who hails from Vashon Island, somehow gained entry and caught this delightful video of a woman getting spewed with liquor shooting from a fake oil rig. Listen to the collective gasp and the crash of monocles that is reserved for wasted liquor and public embarrassment, not the poisoning of nature by millions of gallons of spilled crude. Metaphors!

Price writes for Occupy Seattle:

I guess the photo-op was meant to be a symbolic tapping of the Arctic. There was a ridiculous three-foot-high scale model of their Arctic drilling rig, the Kulluk, and the mini-rig had a tap to pump liquor for the guests.

“The guest of honor was an elderly Japanese man introduced as the original Chief Engineer of the Kulluk rig who used to work at Mitsui back in the '80s. But when the man went to turn on the ‘rig,’ the liquor went everywhere - and the first to be hit was another elderly guest, the widow of the man who'd actually designed the Kulluk back in the 1980s.

“The guy in charge kept asking the old engineer to fix it but he obviously had no idea how to turn it off. Shell's PR people got REALLY worked up, and the designer’s widow started yelling. At this point the guy who was presenting the new ad campaign told me to turn off my camera and got pretty aggressive.

What a mess. This is why we always rent perfectly safe nuclear reactor fountains to make Gamma Ray Gimlets at our parties.

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