PHOTO: Wall Street Bull Had Blue Balls Today

The balls of the famous Wall Street bull got painted blue today. Before they were cleaned, a Gothamist reader snapped this pic. In terms of the creative comic output it’s sparked, this may be the funniest economic meltdown ever.

Wall Street Really Needs Relief [Gothamist]


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  1. LeoSolaris says:

    Wow… I don’t think I can add anything to this story.


  2. levarien says:

    That’s not cool. Some poor bastard’s job was to clean the balls of a bull statue.

  3. If I could do something like that in this life…

    … it would forever be complete.

  4. socalrob of the 24 and a half century says:

    Next prank… 1 of 2 things… or possibly both:

    1) Hacksaw to the balls. No balls for the bear market.

    2) Someone makes a giant paper bear and sets it up to assume the position on the bull.

  5. At least he has a job. Maybe its a laid off investment banker.

  6. tande04 says:

    What time of day do you have to walk by that thing that it isn’t surrounded by tourists?

    I guess same time of day that you’d notice blue balls before the cleaning crew did.

  7. DocWha says:

    Absolutely brilliant.

    Now, someone just needs to go drip bright red paint on the fangs of the bear.

    • tande04 says:

      @DocWha: There is a bear?

      • DocWha says:

        Ah, you’re right. I was thinking of a sculpture set I’d seen elsewhere. Sorry for the confusion. Now that you mention it, that bull is all by his lonesome there, I think.

        Of course, being alone would account for the blue… condition. ;D

  8. mexifelio says:

    I’m sure AIG will be more than willing to foot the cleaning bill.

    • gc3160thtuk says you got your humor in my sarcasm and you say you got your sarcasm in my humor says:

      @mexifelio: yeh with my tax money they sure can afford to wash blue balls. bleh.

    • dweebster says:

      @mexifelio: Maybe they can locate a few laborers at their fancy “retreats” that will be willing to do some extra work on the side. Uncle Sam’ll be glad to foot the bill….

  9. Craig says:


  10. at least they weren’t schwetty blue balls

  11. Maybe it was the cleaning crew that did it?

  12. Goatweed says:

    I work right up the block, and you have no idea how many people come to get a photo taken of them grabbing it’s balls. It’s ridiculous.

  13. graceless says:

    It wasn’t me. I wish it had been me, but it wasn’t.

  14. dakotad555 says:

    The guy who did the painting really knew how to grab the bull by the… balls?

  15. parrotuya says:

    DOWn, baby, DOWn!

  16. dweebster says:


  17. setonplace says:

    Simply hilarious. I wish I was there to take a picture next to it :)

    PS: Sadly the only funny thing nowadays.

  18. forgottenpassword says:

    They should have left it like that.

  19. Kirth says:


    I don’t know if it’s “art”, but I LIKE it.


    “You can’t always get what you want. But if try, sometimes you get what you need.

    Oh yeah.”


  20. HiramElephnot says:

    Who do you get for a job like this? I looked in the classified for someone skilled at cleaning balls but found no listings. Interestingly there are a lot of prospects on Craigslist.

  21. synergy says:

    Sad and kind of wrong, but I liked the comment on that page asking if Bernanke had an alibi.

    On that same vein where was Congress when the bull was relieved of its blue balls?

  22. TechnoDestructo says:

    Castration would also have seemed appropriate.