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Sometimes you choose the stories and sometimes the stories choose you.

I was just wondering, whatever happened to Pharrell's Vivienne Westwood-designed hat that he wore at the 2014 Grammys?

After the show, he auctioned it for charity on eBay and it went for $44,100 to...wait for it....Arby's, because they "wanted to get our hat back."

See, if you were on Twitter, you would have been part of the 100,000-plus-tweets firestorm the night of the Grammys when he came out wearing the hat.

And will it end up gathering dust in some Arby executive's closet? Will it make the rounds of Atby's nationwide?


Its first -- and likely only -- stop will be at the Newseum in Washington D.C. starting this Friday. It's a museum dedicated to news and the First Amendment.

Um, why Pharrell's hat?

According to USA Today, Scott Williams, senior VP of marketing at the Newseum, told the Washington Post, "The stories visitors experience in the Newseum illustrate historic and contemporary moments as seen through the eyes of the media. Pharrell's hat is a great addition to the Newseum and will serve as a great example of the impact of social media today."

OK, I get it. I happen to really like Pharrell and his music.

But as USA Today also points out, that's the same museum that has the Anchorman display.

Will Ferrell makes me cringe. The whole Anchorman schtick makes my skin crawl.

And some people mispronounce Pharrell as Ferrell, although they would never mistake one of the men for the other in person.

So, would you settle for a steak at Shula's and a salad with raspberry vinaigrette dressing? Sounds good to me. Reporters like to eat.

That being said, I also have a black T-shirt from the Newseum that has white lettering that reads: Trust me. I'm a reporter.


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