Odds and ends for May 12
Don Draper gets into Tussauds
NEW YORK (AP) — What’s the first thing Jon Hamm did when he saw his wax figure unveiled Friday at New York’s Madame Tussauds?
Took a selfie, of course.
“That’s a no-brainer. I’m probably not done doing that either,” he said.
The wax figure is decked out in a debonair-looking grey suit. Ironically, Hamm, who stars in the AMC drama “Mad Men,” arrived at the unveiling wearing a grey suit.
“This is happenstance, but it is kind of crazy how kind of identical we decided to dress. I’m referring to him as a human being as if he dressed himself,” he said.
Hamm said he posed for the figure last year. It took months to craft the figure.
As Hamm posed for photos next to the figure, he also joked about the stoic expression on the mannequin saying “a lot of people would say this kind of describes my acting (on ‘Mad Men’). A lot of waxy stares, a lot of silent brooding.”
Hamm was joined by his longtime girlfriend, actress Jennifer Westfeldt, who kept marveling at how uncanny the figure looked like him.
The 43-year-old actor is in the middle of a publicity blitz for his new movie, “Million Dollar Arm,” which opens May 16.
“Mad Men” is airing the first part of its seventh and final season.
Boston drivers urged to ‘Use Yah Blinkah’
BOSTON (AP) — Perhaps the reason notoriously aggressive Boston drivers don’t use their turn signals is that no one’s ever put it in terms they understand.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation on Friday changed that by posting messages on electronic highway signs around the city that read: “Changing Lanes? Use Yah Blinkah.”
“Blinkah” is how Bostonians pronounce “blinker,” otherwise known as a turn signal.
The signs are scheduled to stay up through the Mother’s Day on Sunday, which state officials say is one of the busiest traffic days of the year.
Drivers who fail to use their “blinkah” when changing lanes on a Massachusetts highway are subject to a fine. Police across the state handed out almost 5,000 tickets for the offense last year.
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