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Seagull Perched on Sistine Chapel Chimney Ignites Social Media Frenzy

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    Waiting for a new pope can be taxing. You're essentially staring at a chimney waiting for either white smoke, which means a new pope has been decided, or black smoke, which means that no decision has been made.

    So how does one pass the time? By turning a wayward seagull into a worldwide phenomenon.

    The bird perched on the Sistine Chapel's chimney for some time and became an instant social media celebrity. Several parody Twitter accounts have already been created, as has a Facebook page.

    I guess you could say that the gull has a bird's eye view of the proceedings.