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Aug '09

Squished like a Beatle: The most dangerous tourist photo-op EVER

An endless stream of tourists re-enact the famous crosswalk pose on the Beatles' last album cover -- Abbey Road. Few of the re-enactors bother to have one of the four walk barefoot, a la Paul McCartney.

An endless stream of tourists re-enact the famous crosswalk pose on the Beatles' last album cover -- Abbey Road. Few of the re-enactors bother to make sure one of them is barefoot, like Paul McCartney back in 1969.

SUBMITTED BY: Pete Kilroy LOCATION: North London, England

And people make fun of Trekkies?

You won’t find a more obsessed group than Beatles fans, who 40 years after the release of their last album, Abbey Road, still flock to the site of the original album cover.

Naturally, telling them it’s just a frickin’ crosswalk (or “Zebra crossing,” as the Brits say) won’t dampen their enthusiasm.

The Australian rock band “Blame Ringo” recently set up a time lapse camera at the crosswalk for the music video for their catchy debut single, “Garble Arch: A Day in the Life of Abbey Road.

“The video was shot over three hours on a regular Tuesday afternoon. Just three hours!” says lead singer Pete Kilroy. “I have no idea how many people get hit at that crossing every year, but you’d have to think that going by the near misses (in our video), there would have to be a few.”

If you want to monitor tourist behavior 24/7 at the Abbey Road crosswalk, there is, of course, an Abbey Road Crosswalk Webcam.

(Pete Kilroy is the lead singer of Blame Ringo).

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