Nightly News | November 22, 2011
BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: Finally tonight, with folks gathering for the holidays, a piece of video we thought you should see. It shows what happened when a mother of two boys left the room, and what can happen when two young boys have their way with five-pound bag of flour. We thought it was topical given the time of year and how much time a lot of us will be spending in the kitchen over the days to come. So let this be a lesson, and it got people to talking today. The story tonight from NBC 's Anne Thompson .
ANNE THOMPSON reporting: If Thanksgiving preparations have your kitchen floor looking like this, at least this isn't your living room .
Ms. MARY NAPOLI: What are you doing?
THOMPSON: Mary Napoli says this is what her one and three-year-old sons did with a five-pound bag of flour while she was in the bathroom.
Unidentified Child: See. See.
Ms. NAPOLI: Yeah, I see. You emptied the whole thing.
THOMPSON: When she saw the mess, Napoli grabbed her video camera.
Ms. NAPOLI: Oh, my gosh. It's not fair. Oh, my gosh. Oh, my gosh. I knew I had to videotape it because I knew my husband would never believe me, or anybody for that matter.
I think I'm going to throw up.
THOMPSON: The video is now a YouTube sensation with more than a million hits. But today, some people insist this flour fiasco is a fake. A British newspaper asks, 'Was it staged by mom?' On our nightly Facebook page skepticism rules the day. Doubters say Napoli 's too calm.
Ms. NAPOLI: Did you guys get into the flour?
THOMPSON: Skeptics think the flour is too evenly spread to be child's play. There's flour on places toddlers can't reach.
Ms. NAPOLI: God, it's like a snowman puked all over my living room .
THOMPSON: Napoli insists it's real and just wanted to share it with the world.
Ms. NAPOLI: I guess if it brings people a laugh and people can really connect with it.
Oh, my gosh. Oh, my gosh.
THOMPSON: A family snapshot that just might make you feel better about what's going on at your house this Thanksgiving week.
Ms. NAPOLI: Oh, boy.
THOMPSON: Anne Thompson , NBC News, New York.
WILLIAMS: You can see it for yourself. The mom and her two little boys will be live on "Today" tomorrow morning,