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Friday, February 5, 2010

I am Paparrazo, Or Proof of the Infinite Monkey Theorem

Paparrazzo Shot
Photo by myself around Fifth Avenue and 51st Street.

Not the greatest photo, I admit, but that's not my point!

It wasn't until I got home that I realized who the man is in this photo. He's Chris Kimball from America's Test Kitchen, a cooking show on public television, here in the States.

Chris is the sensible cook on the show, who asks careful questions about every recipe. As you can see in my photo, he's wearing his trademark glasses and bowtie. He is also grimacing, having realized he's been paparrazo'ed.

Mark and I giggled a lot about it (okay, it was mostly me, cackling with a terrible self-satisfaction).

Americas Test Kitchen, Chris Kimball
A much better photo of Chris Kimball from the internet.

I'm adding Chris to my brief list of celeb sightings, which includes Uma Thurman (twice), Ethan Hawke, Isaac Mizrahi, Dave Lachapelle, Jane Pauley, Tim Gunn, Barbra Walters, Sam Talbot, and lastly a possible Ed Norton, whom I stalked down the sidewalk on the Upper West Side.

Anyway, it just goes to show that if you take enough photographs in New York City, you will take a celebrity photo. It's sort of like the monkey with typewriter phenomenon.

The infinite monkey theorem states: 'a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time will almost surely type a given text, such as the complete works of William Shakespeare'.

Related posts: Touring about Fifth Avenue, Midtown, A Bit More on Celebrity, Past and Present and The Sublime and Ridiculous, Or Why I See Few Celebrities in New York.


Olivier said...

une belle photo de paparazzi.il t'a vu ?

Bibi said...

Well, I'm sure you were discreet about the photo. If a famous person is worried about being accosted by ordinary folk, let them wear sunglasses! :)

This doesn't make me want to watch his show...I don't like finicky cooks, but rather down-home ones like the Barefoot Contessa and Julia Child.

Louis la Vache said...

Good catch!
hee hee
Bibi's comment is an unintended take off on laissez-les manger le gâteau

lewi14 said...

I stick with Frank Sinatra: ".. I want to be a part of it, NY NY .." A great city, the best I've ever seen. NY has earned such wonderful photos full of life.

Luis Gomez said...

Congrats! Great post.

Torilpia said...

I found this amusing .. lol

Keep on taking pictures .. :o)

Have a nice weekend - hugs!!

Lily Hydrangea said...

Oh what fun! I love how you didn't realize it until you got home.
My son and I experienced a small slew of celebrity sightings while walking in the West Village last Spring. We saw Sandra Bernhard (I've seen her hanging out in Soho another time as well), Minnie Driver and Jeremy Sisto. We spotted all of them within 30 minutes of each other. We were like, "what is going on?"
Off the top of my head, other celebrities I've spotted over the years include Woody Allen, filming a movie, Tony bennett walking down Bleecker Street, Jane Fonda coming out of her stage door on Broadway. Manhattan can be very exciting.

Anonymous said...

very cool shot. should i call you paparrazo from now on, instead of kitty?

paz ;-)

Leif Hagen said...

Cool cook capture! Ceep clicking, Citty!

Ted and Lori said...

His grimace made me snicker.