BUFFALO, N.Y. ( WKBW ) The Buffalo New York "Dyngus Day Celebration" is getting national attention, sending CNN 360 anchor Anderson Cooper into a brief fit of uncontrollable giggling.
Cooper was trying explain what Dyngus Day is all about in his "Ridiculist" segment of "Anderson Cooper 360" Tuesday night.
The "Ridiculist" segment is a lighter element in Cooper's program, often poking fun at people or situations. So from the start, you knew what was coming would be somewhat tongue in cheek.
However, it looks like even Cooper himself didn't think it would be this funny.
When looking to explain the origin of the celebration, rooted in Polish heritage to celebrate the end of the Christian Lenten season the day after Easter, Cooper showed affiliate broadcast clips.
However, when the tradition of how boys spray water on girls to get their attention, and the girls flirtatiously responding with taps from pussy willow branches was explained...it was simply too much for Cooper to take.
The otherwise serious and succinct newsman broke down into a fit of giggling, even walking away from his anchor desk for a moment. He was laughing, and said softly, "this is so stupid, this is really so stupid."
Cooper eventually pulled himself together, and wished Buffalo and people in other cities that celebrate this ethnic celebration a "Happy belated Dyngus Day."
Following the broadcast, and subsequent post on CNN.com, tweets were coming into the Eyewitness newsroom critical of the "Ridiculist" segment.
Dyngus Day organizers Eddy Dobosiewicz and Martin Biniasz saw this as a golden opportunity to bask in this unexpected spotlight of national attention.
Within minutes of hearing about the segment from Eyewitness News, Dobociewicz rushed to the Channel 7 studios with Polish sausage from Redlinski meats, pussy willows, vodka, and other uniquely Buffalo treats like horseradish and Weber's mustard. Dobosiewicz announced plans to hold a "Pro-Dyngus Day Rally" Wednesday afternoon, and extend an invitation to Cooper to visit the 2013 celebrations as the "Pussy Willow Prince."
On Wednesday, Cooper would identify in a Twitter message that what was "stupid" was his fit of laughter.
Here is what he "tweeted" - "In ridiculist I called my silly giggle fit "so stupid" not @DyngusDay. Sounds like a fun celebration. Genuinely sorry if I offended anyone."
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