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Unintentional Hilarity: Hamlet At The Olympics

"Now cracks a noble heart..." Source: Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images hide caption

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Source: Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images

Now, Getty claims that this is a photo of Mihai Covaliu of Romania winning the men's fencing individual sabre (sabre? really!?!) bronze medal match on the fourth day of the Olympics. Whatever, Getty. I think we all know this is a post-apocalyptic rendering of the last scene of Hamlet, with Laertes and Claudius lying slain somewhere off stage. I don't know who directed this thing, but I love the costumes — and it's just brilliant to set it in post-communist Romania. The Olympics are getting so artsy!*

*A welcome change from certain sorority antics of days prior — though, come to think of it, that felt post apocalyptic, too.