Imposter of the Day: The Sign Language "Interpreter" at Mandela's Memorial Just Made Everything Up

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As if the president's selfies weren't enough, it became very apparent to those in the international sign language community that this interpreter here was basically just making things up on the fly and foregoing that whole "interpreting" (or "making sense") thing entirely.

Touché of the Day: Russel Brand vs. Jeremy Paxman

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Jeremy Paxman faces off against Russell Brand to discuss his new journalistic venture and his views on politics.

Serious Satire of the Day: Watch This Argument For Naming Storms After Political Figures That Don't Recognize Climate Change

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ClimateChange.org's video "Climate Name Change proposes in a satirical-yet-serious way that we change the way we name storms. The video's suggestion of naming storms after political policy makers that deny climate change is tied to their actual petition here.

Hurricane Paul Ryan does have a nice ring to it. What do you think?

Supercut of the Day: Politicians Making Awkward Rap References

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The Huffington Post brings this painfully awkward supercut of politicians talking about "rap music" and a few even reciting the lyrics. Some of the highlights include Utah Senator Orrin Hatch reading the lyrics from "Hits From the Bong" by Cypress Hill, Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman breaking down the semantics of "slapping a h*" and Florida Representative Dean Cannon quoting the song "99 Problems" by Jay-Z.

Restored Faith in Humanity of the Day: New Zealand Legislators Serenade Gay Marriage Amendment

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Today, New Zealand became the thirteenth country to legalize gay marriage after the Parliament voted 77 to 44 on an amendment to their 1955 marriage laws. Upon the formal announcement, many people in the crowd as well as a few lawmakers spontaneously burst into singing the traditional Māori love song "Pokarekare Ana."

Mash Up of the Day: Barack Obama Sings Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack" (ft. Joe Biden)

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Check out BaracksDubs' latest audio-spliced mashup video featuring Barack Obama and Joe Biden "singing" Justin Timberlake's 2006 smash hit "SexyBack."

Farewell of the Day

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In case anyone still cares about U.S. politics, Texas' longtime legislator and three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul gave his farewell speech to Congress yesterday, as he prepares for retirement at the end of this year. Having spent 23 years of his life on the floor of the House of Representatives, the congressman had quite a bit of things to say and questions to raise (and rightfully so!) during his 48-minute long speech, the highlights of which have been summarized into a list article by The Atlantic. Some of the memorable questions included:

  • Why is the TSA permitted to abuse the rights of any American traveling by air?
  • Why haven't we given up on the drug war since it's an obvious failure and violates the people's rights?
  • Why does changing the party in power never change policy?
  • Why do so many in the government and the federal officials believe that creating money out of thin air creates wealth?
  • Why should anyone be surprised that Congress has no credibility, since there's such a disconnect between what politicians say and what they do?



Farewell of the Day is a feature series that serves as the sad news bearer of notable departures, disappearances and deaths.