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President Obama Has Had a Rough UK Visit

26 May

For the past couple of days, President Obama has been touring Ireland and England and meeting with leaders. His trip, however, has been filled with embarrassing moments, gaffes and strange photo opportunities. What has he been up to? Take a look.

1) His Limo Gets Stuck: As Obama was leaving the US Embassy to give a speech in Dublin, his limousine (nicknamed “The Beast”) became stuck on an elevated curb. Secret Service agents obscured the limo from public sight while they worked to free the tires.

2) He Inexplicably Writes the Wrong Year: Obama got a tour of Westminster Abbey and lay a wreath on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior. He signed the guestbook on his way out with the words “It is a great privilege to commemorate our common heritage, and common sacrifice.” Then, he signed the date “24 May 2008.” Yeah, not the correct year.

3) Ping Pong Politics: Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron decided to play ping pong against two students. They looked ridiculous, and Obama looked bad. Not as bad as bowling though. Still, why would you allow for this photo opportunity that allows pictures like this to be taken.

4) He Flubs Toast to Queen: The royal family honored President Obama with a royal dinner, but he flubbed the toast and spoke over the national anthem. Oops. See more here.

5) He Meets Jedward: The Irish twins performed their hit song for the President of the United States, who apparently liked their hair.

6) He Randomly Talks to Random Person on Phone: What would you do if your daughter handed you the phone and President Obama was on the other line? That happened to one mother today.


Blank Book Outsells Harry Potter

16 Mar

What Every Man Thinks About Apart From Sex

A UK book entitled “What Every Man Thinks About Apart From Sex” by comedian Sheridan Simove is climbing the book charts despite being completely blank.

After selling out of its first run, the book settled at number 744 on Amazon’s best seller charts. That’s good enough to beat perrenial favorites like Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code (2,910) and JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2,406).

The book has taken off in the UK, where young men have given the book as a gag gift to friends. Those friends have begun to use the book as a place to keep lecture notes.

“I never anticipated that my book would be used for students to take their lecture notes in. In a sense they are proving me wrong by filling my book with content. But I wonder how many of them go back to thinking about sex once the lecture is over,” he told the Daily Mail.

Simove said the book took 9 days from the date of conception to publication to finish.