7 Times Albuquerque Went Viral

1. Universe Closed, Use Rainbow

Universe and Rainbow are streets in northwest Albuquerque. During a time when Universe was closed, a detour pointed drivers to an alternate route and a whimsical meme was born.

2. Moon

This is about as simple as it gets. Moon is a street. The Moon is a moon. One day, they met.


3. Cuba Gooding Junior Behaves Badly


Oh, Cuba. First Sled Dogs and now this? While filming a movie in Albuquerque, Gooding decided to blow off some steam at the no-longer-extant Maloney’s Pub. Things got out of hand.

"At about midnight on March 1st, Cuba Gooding Jr. waltzed into the bar we were at and proceeded to sexually harass a number of the [women there] and assault (punch) a [man] for attempting to take a picture of Cuba receiving a lap dance. [...] The sexual harassment occurred when women would be taking pictures with him; he would grab butt cheeks during the picture taking and when women reacted negatively to that, he would proceed to either touch women's breasts or tell them that he "loved them." He told me that he loved me because his wife's name is also Sara. Classy."

4. Christian Bale Behaves Badly

Oh good. It's fucking unprofessional. Good for you. Etc. While filming a scene at the Albuquerque Railyards for the aggressively mediocre Terminator Salvation, Christian Bale reached his limit in dealing with a light technician's apparently unprofessional behavior. The rest is internet legend.

5. Blind Mountain Climber

We love our local anchors, in part because they often show their human sides.  Cynthia Izaguirre did exactly that when she suffered an on-air brain bubble and mistakenly labeled a blind mountain climber as… well, if you don’t know, just watch.

The blooper continues to haunt her, though she seems to have made a certain amount of peace with her brief foray into the viral internet as seen in this more recent clip.

6. Soccer Brutality

In 2009, UNM soccer player Elizabeth Lambert got a bit carried away by the competitive spirit during a game against Brigham Young.


In a later New York Times interview, Lambert apologized for her behavior, but also suggested that it would not have gotten so much attention if the players were men.

7. Shit Burqueños Say

Lauren Poole had made a few videos with her Black Out Theater co-hort before 2012, but none of them reached the level of success as their entry in the Shit [BLANK]Say trend. By tapping into the realm of Albuquerque (and New Mexican) slang, her character Lynette LaBurqueña became a phenomenon.

For more on Viral Albuquerque, including an interview with Lynette herself (aka Lauren Poole), check out the latest episode of the City on the Edge podcast.


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