Inside a restroom on the campus of Purchase College, an arts school in upstate New York, students made a discovery that could not be unseen. Hidden behind a metal paper towel dispenser is a tiny room, which serves as the home of a mysterious shrine dedicated to a figure of unthinkable prowess. By that, we mean, we never thought this person had such prowess.
A shrine to Danny DeVito was found tucked away in a corner of the cramped, hidden room. The shrine was decorated with a poster hung from the wall and a small cutout standing against it depicting the actor. Surrounding the cutout is a pile of various random items that visitors have left in response to the note placed in front of the cutout that reads, "Leave an offering for our lord and savior Danny DeVito, patron saint of trash men."
"Patron saint of trash men" is a reference to his role of Frank Reynolds on the cult favorite series It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia. In the show's fifth season, Frank takes on the persona of a wrestler self-nicknamed 'The Trash Man,' which inspired the idea for the shrine. This was discovered by Vice when they tracked down its creator, Purchase sophomore Phillip Hosang.
"I walked in there, and I thought that this would be just a really great place to put some weird thing that people could find. And from there I was just trying to figure out what I should do with it," Hosang told Vice. "Because of all the trash - if you know Always Sunny, you know that Danny DeVito is known as like the trash man - I was like, 'This is just the perfect person to go with. He's just weird enough that people would accept that this was a thing.'"
Unexpectedly, the shrine became a sensation on Purchase's campus, attracting visitors to leave an offering and share their experience on social media. Thus, Hosang's secret eventually became a viral hit, attracting the attention of excited DeVito fans and the "patron saint of trash" himself.
Due to safety reasons, such as the potential for a detached metal paper towel dispenser to fall over and injure somebody, the hidden room was sealed off. However, the contents placed there in "DeVotion" were retained and plans have been made to reinstall the shrine in another location on campus. Perhaps, one day, DeVito will get a chance to witness his honor in person.
"That would be the highlight of my life," Hosang said. "It's only downhill from there."
What do you think? Is the DeVito shrine a sweet, amusing expression of creativity that the beloved actor deserves, or should college students put their efforts into more important things than paying tribute to an obscure celebrity by leaving behind garbage in a restroom? Let us know in the comments below!