stomping grapes on a raised platform

Matt Haughey posted one of the funniest news clips I’ve seen in a long, long time. I call it, “Ooooo, ooo, ooo, ooowww, oooo, I can’t breath!

It’s probably rude to think that’s funny, but I seriously thought the newscasters shown after the incident were going to bust up laughing. I say it’s okay to laugh because she only had the wind knocked out of her. Heck, I fell out of a tree once on my back and probably made similar noises when I landed. If it had been caught on tape, it would have been funny to watch after the fact.

In case you don’t have quicktime, here’s a quick synopsis:

It’s boring at first, but the hilarious part comes at the end. Two women are stomping grapes in buckets while perched atop a wooden platform. It’s a contest to see who can produce the most grape juice. Suddenly the journalist says, “Stop”, and holds her hands out like an umpire yelling safe. The other lady stops stomping, and the journalist starts again, but this time she’s going double-time like she’s rushing to win with renewed enthusiasm. She then tries to step out of the bucket and loses her footing, flopping onto the ground and crying out that she can’t breathe.

Then we jump to two journalists in the studio who were watching the whole thing and, while shaking their heads in dismay, say they hope she’s alright.


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  1. Haha! I wish the audio had worked on my computer. And I also wish it hadn’t been that pixelated, because I swear, those two anchors look exactly like my local news people. Did they say what city they were in? Or, are affiliates just cloning news anchors now so that every station’s exactly the same?

    Comment by Heather Lawver on May 13, 2004 @ 1:41 am
  2. I didn’t hear them say where it was, but some other links named the movie ‘atlanta grape’.

    I found this grape stomping contest in Seattle, WA but who knows if that’s where this one was.

    Comment by dan on May 13, 2004 @ 2:33 am
  3. By the way, I think all applicants should be required to watch that video before sending in their grape-stomping application.

    Who would have guessed it could be so perilous?

    I, the undersigned, attest and verify that I am physically fit and have full knowledge of the risks involved. I have read the entry information and rules and certify by my signature my compliance. I hereby release Festa Italiana, Seattle Center, the City of Seattle and any and all individuals or companies associated with the event from responsibility for any injuries or damages I may suffer as a result of my participation in the Bolla Grape Stomp.

    Comment by dan on May 13, 2004 @ 2:37 am
  4. Nope — it wasn’t Seattle. Our Fox news station is Fox 13.
    Poor thing fell so *hard* — I hope she didn’t break anything. Though her pride may be on crutches for a while . . . .

    Comment by karalyn on May 13, 2004 @ 2:07 pm
  5. That’s a good point. It looks like it may have been in DC, where they have Fox 5

    Comment by dan on May 13, 2004 @ 4:09 pm
  6. I couldn’t see the movie, but there is a Fox 5 in Atlanta, too.

    Comment by Jan on May 14, 2004 @ 5:37 am
  7. Ah, then I’m almost positive that’s where it was then. (given the name of the other MPEG).

    Jan: Did you try viewing the Grape_Stompin.mpeg?

    That may work if you don’t have Quicktime installed.

    Comment by dan on May 14, 2004 @ 9:13 am
  8. Argh, I can’t access Gmail. I’m getting the “Oops … try again in a few seconds” popup whenever I try to access a Gmail page. Are you still able to get in, and if so can you contact them on my behalf? My username is mperuzzi. Thanks – this has me scared!

    Comment by Meredith on May 14, 2004 @ 9:31 am
  9. I just replied to your e-mail that I can indeed get in. In fact I received a notification of this comment in my GMail account.

    I sent them a letter of distress regarding your account.

    Comment by dan on May 14, 2004 @ 9:40 am
  10. Haaaa. It’s funny because I don’t know her.

    Comment by jason on May 14, 2004 @ 11:18 am
  11. Fox 5 out of atlanta is where this happened

    Comment by Jeff on June 3, 2004 @ 11:54 am
  12. This is at WAGA-TV in Atlanta. It was a while ago because the female anchor was hired at WUSA-TV in Washington and recently completed a stint there. The building in the background is part of Chateau Elan, a high dollar resort/vineyard/winery outside of the Georgian metropolis.

    Comment by David on June 26, 2004 @ 9:05 pm
  13. Thank you for the clarification on that, I appreciate it.

    Comment by dan on June 27, 2004 @ 8:38 am
  14. It’s a beautiful thing! Hillarious!!

    Comment by Sadist on August 5, 2004 @ 12:29 pm
  15. definatly atlanta

    Comment by wah on November 20, 2004 @ 8:51 pm
  16. Someone said this woman died i swear to god. But someone else said she now works in Albany as a meteroligist. They said her name is melissa saunder. I looked it up and e-mailed her to ask if it was the same person and ask if she was alright. I compaired the pictures and she looks like she lost a lot of weight but i think it is her cause they both have thinning hair on top. somebody e-mail me about this. it’s [email protected] Thanks

    Comment by Elise on November 28, 2004 @ 8:33 am
  17. ROFL thats the funniest sh** ever … she sounds like a wounded dog …. lmao

    Comment by shoxxx on December 15, 2004 @ 5:58 pm
  18. Nice…

    Comment by Thaddeus on December 16, 2004 @ 6:41 pm
  19. It wasn’t funny…..but funny as hell at the same time, I just hope she was okay!

    Comment by Lisa on May 13, 2005 @ 3:51 pm
  20. So funny that Fox5 made ebaumsworld take it off their site… good thing it’s still linked here!

    Comment by dicknogs on July 16, 2005 @ 2:45 am
  21. HAHAHA! So funny! It made everyone I showed it to laugh their a– off!

    London, Ontario, Canada

    Comment by MD PAES on September 16, 2005 @ 4:12 pm
  22. it was in braselton, georgia at chateau elan winery/restaurant.

    Comment by vale on September 22, 2005 @ 8:38 pm
  23. the slow motion replay is where the real laughs come in

    Comment by Hockeydad on October 6, 2005 @ 8:10 am
  24. Everyone here at my work laughs their a** off when they watch it!

    Comment by Samantha on October 10, 2005 @ 2:42 pm
  25. Since the link above doesn’t work anymore, check out the video at:

    (In case this link ever becomes inactive, just go to and look around for the “Grape Lady” video.)

    I agree that it’s funny because we’ve all had the wind knocked out of us at some point — we just didn’t have any idea we sounded like that!! You feel like you’re going to die for a moment, and then you’re just fine. : )

    Comment by Beth on March 7, 2006 @ 1:13 am
  26. haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    Comment by Erin on October 16, 2009 @ 6:55 am

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