Really Cool Porpoises Prod Dick Van Dyke To Shore
Dick Van Dyke swears he was rescued by porpoises
1960s celebrity Dick Van Dyke, who starred in "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and "Mary Poppins," could have used some assistance from the shows' magical characters after he fell asleep while on a surfboard.
Luckily, some helpful sea animals prodded him to shore.
According to Van Dyke, it happened one day
after he took his board out during a beach trip.
UCLA Bruins Men's Basketball vs. University of Michigan Men's Basketball
TicketsSat., Dec. 10, 5:00pm
Los Angeles D-Fenders vs. Austin Spurs
TicketsSat., Dec. 10, 6:30pm
CSUN Men?s Basketball vs. Loyola Marymount Lions Mens Basketball
TicketsSat., Dec. 10, 7:00pm
Los Angeles Clippers v New Orleans Pelicans - Verified Resale Tickets
TicketsSat., Dec. 10, 7:30pm
Strangely enough, the 84-year-old woke up from a very, very deep sleep and found himself away from land and in the presence of unidentified fish.
When he saw their fins, he thought the worst. "I'm dead!"
But as it turned out, they were friendly porpoises. "And they pushed me all the way to shore...I'm not kidding!"
Readers found his rendition of the events incredulous. I mean, who the hell falls asleep on a surfboard? Well, maybe it's possible if you're 84...or if you're on painkillers and high as a kite.
Meanwhile, Ronnie Williams, of Liverpool, wasn't all that thrilled with the outcome.
Apparently, Van Dyke's Mary Poppins impersonation of a Brit had offended his better sensibilities.
"Pity a few sharks didn't get him!" Williams said. "The worst portrayal of a Cockney in cinema history belongs to Dick...!"
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Los Angeles, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.