On the second day of the papal conclave, before Pope Francis revealed himself to the world, the Internet had to entertain itself while waiting for holy smoke, and so it turned, as it always does, to Twitter. There, people replaced movie titles with “pope” and no one was expecting a seagull to steal the show, if only for a bit.
The Sistine Seagull patiently waited for Pope Francis
The seagull was perched on top of the chimney on and off over the course of the afternoon, where the world expected to see smoke signaling whether or not the cardinals had elected a pope. It never commented on its preferred candidate for the position, but seemed to be pretty carefree about the whole thing.
— Dan O’Donnell (@DanODradio) March 13, 2013
But it was just such a charismatic seagull.
Baptized as the Sistine Seagull, it became Twitter’s newest celebrity. In about 24 hours, it got 8,857 followers. Its archenemy the Conclave Chimney has 9,793 followers and does not like being sat on.
— SistineSeagull (@SistineSeagull) March 13, 2013
anyone who wants to pray for my deliverance from all of God’s winged creatures, be my guest.
— Conclave Chimney (@ConclaveChimney) March 13, 2013
It got things done, though. And didn’t go out without a meme.
The best of #ReplaceMovieTitleswithPope
Before the Sistine Seagull took its place, however, #ReplaceMovieTitlesWithPope had taken off, and it gave birth to many gems. Here are some of the best.
Jurassic Pope. #ReplaceMovieTitlesWithPope
— Museum of Science (@museumofscience) March 13, 2013
— 50 Shades of Awkward (@OhWowThatsAwk) March 13, 2013
#ReplaceMovieTitlesWithPope The Perks Of Being A Pope
— Macauley (@WoeIsMacauley) March 14, 2013
#ReplaceMovieTitlesWithPope Mean Popes. “Get in Catholics, we’re going to mass!”
— Aunt Hilda (@aunthilda) March 14, 2013
— Alex Huey (@AlexanderHuey) March 14, 2013
“Dude, Where is my Pope?”#ReplaceMovieTitlesWithPope
— Steven Kopacz (@StevenGoRadio) March 13, 2013
Pope Alone 2: Lost in Vatican City. “I’m sure we forgot something…FRANCIS!!” #ReplaceMovieTitlesWithPope
— John Cade (@john_cade) March 13, 2013
#ReplaceMovieTitlesWithPope The Pope With The Dragon Tattoo
— Charlie Moss (@_CharlieMoss) March 13, 2013