- Just-forged Israel-Hamas cease-fire ends in rocket fire
- Obama military downsizing leaves U.S. too weak to counter global threats, panel finds
- Sen. Tom Coburn vows to slow down budget-busting bills ahead of recess
- Obama fantasizes about more executive power, signs new order on federal contractors
- Clintons call Klein, Halper, Kessler ‘a Hat Trick of despicable actors’: report
- Boehner accuses Obama of ‘legacy of lawlessness’
- Pro-marijuana group claims responsibility for Brooklyn Bridge flag swap
- Young adults shun Obamacare mostly due to cost: survey
- Stabbing attack on transgender girl, 15, was ‘bias motivated,’ police say
- LGBT adults still lean overwhelmingly toward Democratic Party
Monkey see. Will monkey do in downtown D.C.?
National Geo experiments in nation’s capital for TV show
Question of the Day
An award-winning company based in the U.K. attempted to pull off a kind of “monkey see, monkey do” project in busy downtown D.C. on Thursday.
On the west side of 18th Street at L in Northwest, a cellphone with the words “CELLPHONES WALK IN THIS LANE AT YOUR OWN RISK” were stenciled, along with arrows, on the far-right side of the block.
A dividing line on the other side of the block dished instructions as well: A circle contained a stenciled cellphone with the universal sign for not allowed. Below it were the words “NO CELLPHONES.”
It wasn’t a stunt by the city’s Department of Public Works or transportation department, though it was obvious why some pedestrians thought it was.
It was Tigress Productions, whose supervising production manager, Zac Nealy, said the project was part of behavior research programming for National Geographic TV.
Mr. Nealy said he couldn’t give away “all the creative details,” but he hopes the program will air by year’s end.
Many passersby never noticed the stenciling, but they did notice something else: Someone dressed as an ape and pretending to eat a banana.
Many pedestrians moving to and fro during lunchtime did precisely as you might expect, and that’s take pictures of the ape.
Turning their attention to the sidewalk cellphone instructions, not so much.
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Award-winning opinion writer Deborah Simmons is a senior correspondent who reports on City Hall and writes about education, culture, sports and family-related topics. Mrs. Simmons has worked at several newspapers, and since joining The Washington Times in 1985, has served as editorial-page editor and features editor and on the metro desk. She has taught copy editing at the University of ...
- SIMMONS: Students make strides, but D.C. withholds funds
- SIMMONS: Re-education of humanity and the PC crowd
- SIMMONS: What happened in Vegas can't stay in Vegas
- SIMMONS: Tell Joe Biden and the NAACP that politics aren't black and white
- SIMMONS: Youthful sounds of music stirring in Prince George's County
Latest Blog Entries
TWT Video Picks
Both parties recognize the Democrats' scam
- Inside the Ring: Israel surprised by Hamas tunnel network
- Israel surprised by Hamas tunnel network
- Obama military strategy too weak for future security, panel reports
- CRUZ: A tale of two hospitals: One in Israel, one in Gaza
- Chicken pox outbreak puts illegal immigrant facility on lockdown
- EDITORIAL: For too many gays, 'tolerance' is a one-way street
- PRUDEN: Cooling the manufactured impeachment panic
- HUSAIN: Fleeing Iraqi Christians find safe haven at the Shrine of Imam Ali
- Feds accept boredom, lack of work as excuses for surfing porn on clock
- Catholic League slams Obama: 'Do Christian lives mean so little to you?'
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world