You’re probably familiar with Carpool Karaoke, a very popular segment from The Late Late Show during which host James Corden and a celebrity drive around and sing songs.
But now a video is raising a very pressing question: Is Corden actually driving?
The video, shot by Zoli Honig, shows Corden in his car with Justin Bieber, and they’re being towed by a truck instead of actually driving.
Honig told BuzzFeed News he shot the footage on Wednesday morning near the corner of Beverly Boulevard and La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles while sitting at a bakery.
“As we’re sitting there eating, I see this Range Rover being towed with a bunch of cameras and | was like, oh my god, it’s James Corden,” he said.
He shared the video on Twitter, writing, “Saw James Corden and Justin Bieber filming carpool karaoke and this is why I have trust issues — he isn’t even driving!”
That set off a flurry of responses; people were either shocked that Corden wasn’t driving, or they were smugly proud of themselves for not being shocked at all.
“Everyone was shocked that he wasn’t actually driving,” said Honig. “I mean, it’s Hollywood, so you can’t really expect that everything you see is real.”
However, Honig isn’t the only person who has spotted Carpool Karaoke in action. Other people shared photos of Corden behind the wheel, not being towed.
BuzzFeed News reached out to CBS to get the hard facts, and the truth is that everyone is right.
“James always drives during ‘Carpool Karaoke.’ However, on the rare occasion when there is a stunt component and the producers feel it is unsafe to drive, we will use a rig (tow),” a spokesperson said.
So there you have it: He does drive, except for when he doesn’t.
As a young millennial myself, I think it’s super interesting to see how factors like technology not only shape entire lifestyles or habits between generations, but how these differences show up in the smallest ways.
Which is why, when I came across this viral tweet from @steph_mcca earlier this week, my interest was instantly piqued.
A ton of people seemed to indicate that this was a pretty accurate assessment…
While others either wholly disagreed or pointed out that it’s a little more complicated than that.
FWIW, the theory seemed to hold up among my own friend/work circles, so now I want to put it to you guys via a little nonscientific Mad Men-esque focus group: What do you call Instagram for short??
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Let’s settle this: What do you call Instagram for short?
Bree Blakeman opened the door to her office on Monday morning to find the place trashed.
Blakeman, who works as a research fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra, assumed someone must have broken in to the office.
Precious Aboriginal bark paintings and maps were strewn across the floor and books had fallen from shelves. There was a hole in the office’s ceiling, with dislodged tiles lying on the ground beneath.
Looking around to see what else was damaged or stolen, Blakeman realised she wasn’t alone.
“It wasn’t until I went to check my computer on the far side of the room that I noticed a fluffy little face staring at me from behind the computer,” Blakeman told BuzzFeed News. “And that’s when I also noticed the toilet droppings and urine everywhere too. It all made sense.”
The intruder? A common Australian brushtail possum, which had made its way into the office through the roof.
“It seemed resigned and of course a bit shy and scared. Going by the number of books that had fallen from the shelves I think it must have tried to climb up the shelves to get up through the ceiling again a number of times. So I think it was a bit exhausted too,” Blakeman said.
She felt sorry for the animal. Possums are nocturnal creatures, so being stuck in an office filled with light is not ideal.
“I gave it some water, a piece of carrot, and a few kind words before closing the door and calling the relocation people. It wasn’t uncomfortable for me at all. It was very sweet,” Blakeman said.
In the meantime, Blakeman posted to Twitter about her run in with some Australian wildlife. It turns out the possum is… very relatable.
Before long, hundreds of people had replied, talking about her furry visitor’s sheepish look.
Later on Monday morning, a box trap with fruit to entice the possum was placed in the office in the hopes it could be safely relocated.
But Australia’s recent spate of wild weather got in the way. ANU campus was closed after Canberra was hit by a severe hail storm, which hampered efforts to evacuate the possum. By the following afternoon, it still occupied the office.
Then finally on the morning of Jan. 22, some good news: the possum had departed Blakeman’s office of its own accord.
“I just received an email to say that possum has made its own way out of the room! After a rest and a snack it must have managed to climb back up through the hole in the ceiling,” Blakeman told BuzzFeed News.
Blakeman’s office is still in a mess. There’s probably a lot of possum poop in there, and she’s worried about potential damage to the possessions belonging to the colleague.
But she is also concerned about the animal’s wellbeing. When speaking to BuzzFeed News, Blakeman urged others to donate to charities that help rescue wildlife.
“There is always a shortage of mature trees with suitable hollow branches in suburban areas so possums often take up residence in ceiling cavities,” she said. “I’m glad this story had a happy ending but many don’t and many of these little possums end up having to be rescued for one reason or another.”
Blakeman’s colleague stores possessions in her office. An earlier version of this post said they shared the office.