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Just when you thought the internet could not get weirder in the span of a day, a YouTube clip of a mystery man sliding down a rope (and eventually just falling) out of window in Buckingham Palace is beginning to circulate. This is probably a hoax, but no one has come forward to claim the glory, explain himself, yell GOTCHA INTERNET LOL, or point everyone in the direction of a new show, podcast, snack, or some other product. Possible explanations for this man to leave the palace in such an unconventional way include a stunt, guerrilla marketing!, filming, or a Buckingham Palace employee Tinder date gone bad.
Update: Turns out, the naked man descending from a window of Buckingham Palace by way of bed sheet was a stunt pulled by E!'s new show, The Royals. According to E! Online, this was "a clever way for E! to give viewers a glimpse of the drama that will go down on the upcoming premiere season." How Her Majesty the Queen allowed this? A mystery.