Fortunately, the camera angle here obstructs the real "Colbert bump."
The jingoistic, proudly naive, bear-phobic character Stephen Colbert plays on his nightly news show has a way of helping find and fund lost causes. Known as "the Colbert Bump," a little attention from the Comedy Central star can go a long way.
A writer appearing on "The Colbert Report" can expect an average of 10-times more book sales after his or her interview airs. And at this year's Winter Olympics, Colbert showed that the sproinginess of his bump isn't limited to literature, after helping raise $300,000 to fund the U.S. men's speed skating team.
But can the Colbert Bump improve the health of an entire neighborhood? Wallingford
As Wallyhood points out, an anonymous resident has anointed the bus stop on 45th Street in front of the Wallingford Center the "Colbert Bus Stop."
The hopeful he or she has also posted a list of proclamations on the side of the stop, announcing, "Whereas, the neighborhood of Wallingford recognizes that Stephen Colbert is a nationally known person capable of bringing national attention to items with a mention on his television show." And so on, and so forth.
Will Wallingford's attempts to get noticed by the second-most trusted name in fake news pay off? I have no idea. But I do know that, of all the neighborhoods in Seattle, Wallingford is somewhere in the lower third of those that could most use his bump.