As thousands of faithful gather in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican to watch smoke pour out of the chimney announcing whether or not a decision for a new Pope has been made, the chimney itself has a few things to say.
A joke Twitter account for @SistineChimney was created back in February when the Pope announced he was resigning. With the cardinals gathered in the Vatican this week, the Twitter account is fired up, pun intended.
Jumping on the Harlem Shake trend, the first tweet of the day reads: “Rumor has it a Conclave Shake meme is in the works once they lock the doors #conclave #Pope”
The Twitter feed doesn’t shy away from poking fun at Americans, and more specifically American tourists.
“btw, while I waited for my moment today, I counted 457 fanny packs in the crowd. AMERICA IN DA HOUSE! #conclave #Vatican”
Since no conclave in the modern era has chosen a Pope on its first day we can expect more funny tweets in the days to come, if the thick black smoke doesn’t choke the chimney that is.
“*COUGH* *COUGH* ... all this black smoke is makin' me sick!”
We’ll be keeping a close eye on this account to see if it breaks the news of the next Pope. One thing’s certain, though. According to @SistineChimney, actor Tom Hanks is out of the running.
“Sadly, Tom Hanks didn't get enough votes today - but the majority of the room loved him in Angels & Demons.”
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