The Late Movies: People Who've Been Pied

Whether being done out of charity, to enhance a slapstick comedy routine or to promote a particular political ideology, seeing someone get slammed in the face with a pie is pretty darn hilarious. Here's a roundup of some notable folks getting a face full of cream.

Anita Bryant

A popular singer in the 1950s and '60s, Bryant was a vocal gay rights opponent. In 1977, She became one of the first persons to be publicly pied as a political act while speaking out against homosexuality in Iowa. After being hit, Bryant joked, "At least it's a fruit pie. She immediately began to pray for forgiveness for the attackers but soon burst into tears. Bryant's husband later retaliated by throwing a pie at the protester who had hit his wife.

Bill Gates

On February 4, 1998, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates got a pie in the face while walking to meet with Flemish Minister and President Van den Brande in Brussels.

Ann Coulter

While speaking at the University of Arizona, super-conservative political commentator Ann Coulter got pied. Sort of. Two guys who called themselves "Al Pieda" unsuccessfully lobbed baked goods at Coulter, missing her completely.

Drew Carey and The Price is Right models

In less than five minutes, five people get pies in the face during the Showcase Showdown on an episode of The Price Is Right. Weirdly, the contestant doesn't seem to notice. Too bad her super-focus doesn't pay off in the end.

Gail Shea

On January 25, 2010, Canadian politician Gail Shea was pied by PETA activist Emily McCoy while giving a speech at the Canada Centre for Inland Waters. PETA claimed the attack was part of a broader campaign aimed at Canada's support of seal hunting.

Josh Elliott

ESPN sports journalist Josh Elliott received a pie in the face from NFL analyst Mark Schlereth last October. Elliott first joined ESPN in 2004 as a commentator on Around the Horn and Jim Rome Is Burning, as well as serving as guest co-host for Cold Pizza on ESPN2.

Ronald McDonald

PETA strikes again in this clip, featuring the fast-food mascot.

Most of the Cast of Blazing Saddles

Though this is obviously scripted, I just love this clip from the epic Mel Brooks film. Do you have a favorite pie-in-face moment from film or televsion? Tell us in the comments.

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Ernest Hemingway’s Guide to Life, In 20 Quotes
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Though he made his living as a writer, Ernest Hemingway was just as famous for his lust for adventure. Whether he was running with the bulls in Pamplona, fishing for marlin in Bimini, throwing back rum cocktails in Havana, or hanging out with his six-toed cats in Key West, the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author never did anything halfway. And he used his adventures as fodder for the unparalleled collection of novels, short stories, and nonfiction books he left behind, The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, Death in the Afternoon, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and The Old Man and the Sea among them.

On what would be his 119th birthday—he was born in Oak Park, Illinois on July 21, 1899—here are 20 memorable quotes that offer a keen perspective into Hemingway’s way of life.

ON THE IMPORTANCE OF LISTENING

"I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen."

ON TRUST

"The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them."

ON DECIDING WHAT TO WRITE ABOUT

"I never had to choose a subject—my subject rather chose me."

ON TRAVEL

"Never go on trips with anyone you do not love."


Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston. [1], Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN INTELLIGENCE AND HAPPINESS

"Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know."

ON TRUTH

"There's no one thing that is true. They're all true."

ON THE DOWNSIDE OF PEOPLE

"The only thing that could spoil a day was people. People were always the limiters of happiness, except for the very few that were as good as spring itself."

ON SUFFERING FOR YOUR ART

"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed."

ON TAKING ACTION

"Never mistake motion for action."

ON GETTING WORDS OUT

"I wake up in the morning and my mind starts making sentences, and I have to get rid of them fast—talk them or write them down."


Photograph by Mary Hemingway, in the Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston., Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

ON THE BENEFITS OF SLEEP

"I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know?"

ON FINDING STRENGTH 

"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."

ON THE TRUE NATURE OF WICKEDNESS

"All things truly wicked start from innocence."

ON WRITING WHAT YOU KNOW

"If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one ninth of it being above water."

ON THE DEFINITION OF COURAGE

"Courage is grace under pressure."

ON THE PAINFULNESS OF BEING FUNNY

"A man's got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book."


By Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston. - JFK Library, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

ON KEEPING PROMISES

"Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut."

ON GOOD VS. EVIL

"About morals, I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after."

ON REACHING FOR THE UNATTAINABLE

"For a true writer, each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, he will succeed."

ON HAPPY ENDINGS

"There is no lonelier man in death, except the suicide, than that man who has lived many years with a good wife and then outlived her. If two people love each other there can be no happy end to it."

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