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As the Roadside Resort reported a few days ago, a gigantic piñata was constructed in downtown Philadelphia as part of an ad campaign organized by Carnival Cruise Lines. The 62-foot-tall burro, the centerpiece of a TV commercial being filmed for Carnival, was reportedly to be busted open with a wrecking ball, but the event was postponed due to a "technical difficulty."

According to new reports coming in, said difficulty was an objection by Philadelphia police who had fears, not of the danger of a wrecking ball swinging over a giant crowd of people, but of how that crowd of people would behave when the 4 tons of candy came flying out.

Philadelphia's National Public Radio affiliate WHYY reports that those who had gathered to witness the event became irate and started yelling obscenities at the extras hired to be in the commercial. Because the extras were dressed in business suits, the hysterical crowd mistakenly assumed they had something to do with organizing the event. ... Continued

It was a difficult decision I had to make. A couple of weeks ago, I could either complete my scheduled Weird Oklahoma research trip as I had planned, or I could cancel the whole thing and participate in a revelation of the World's Largest Beach Ball in downtown Dallas. Unfortunately, I had work to do.

The event, which has earned an official Guinness World Record, was hosted by Carnival Cruise Lines as part of their "Fun for All. All for Fun" campaign. Unleashing not one, but two, 35-foot-wide beach balls onto Elm Street on October 26, Carnival got themselves a TV commercial and Dallasites got the risk of being crushed to death by multicolored vinyl.

Carnival then took the celebration to Philadelphia, where today they unleashed the World's Largest Piñata, a donkey 62 feet tall and 55 feet long. In their effort, Carnival successfully bitch-slapped Microsoft, who held the previous record of 48 feet by 53 feet. ... Continued