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73, when he died in 1882.
Down-on-his-luck departmentstore Santa.
English naturalist, author of On theOrigin of Species, developer of the theory of natural selection, congressional also-ran.
Darwin once came second inan election for a seat in the US Houseof Representatives.
I never knew that. When did this happen?
But he’s dead!
He wasn’t alone there. A dead manwas elected to the Texas senate last Tuesday.Another dead guy was voted city council presidentof Rochester, Minnesota, and yet another wona seat on a county commission in Alabama.
OK – but he’s not even an American citizen.
Hewasn’t on the ballot either. Nevertheless, CharlesDarwin received more than 4,000 write-in votesin Athens-Clark County, Georgia. The numbersfrom the other 24 counties in the 10th congres-sional district were not available at thetime of writing.
Could he still win?
It’s unlikely. The incumbent,Republican Paul Broun, received more than209,000 votes.
And the Democrat?
Broun was runningunopposed. The write-in campaign wassort of a protest.
But why Darwin?
It has to do with a speechBroun gave to a church group in Septemberin which he denounced both evolution andthe big bang theory, as “lies straight fromthe pit of hell”.
So he credits Satan with the theory of naturalselection?
He also said he believed the Earthis 9,000 years old, and was created in sixliteral days.
Perhaps his remarks were misinterpreted.
There’s a video of him saying it, standing in frontof a wall of mounted deer heads.
I’ve said it before – that America is one crazyplace.
It gets worse – Broun is a qualiﬁeddoctor, a climate-change denier and a memberof the House committee on science, spaceand technology.
“It’s shameful that in this day and agesuch a politician even exists.”
“Poor show, Darwin. In America, beingdead is no excuse for being second best.”
At 7cm tall and 12cm long, Meysi,a terrier crossbreed from Poland,is on track to be named the world’ssmallest dog. She needs to be oneyear old to qualify for the record– and at four months, she’s notexpected to grow much more.
ow tiresomely awkwardlife can sometimes befor David Cameron.In this week’s Spectator, thepro-torture hardline ConservativeBruce Anderson tells of how, in1998, he was at a shooting-partydinner in Scotland with Cameronat which an almost-rare stag’sliver was served as a delicacy.“There were some wettieswho were put oﬀ by the sight,”writes Anderson. “Among theirnumber, I regret to say, was thepresent prime minister. After-wards, he confessed to a crimewhich he had not committedsince prep school. To hide hisfailure to eat the liver, he hadconcealed it under some rabbit-food garnish.”It’s hard to know whatAnderson ﬁnds most oﬀensive:Cameron’s reluctance to eat thestill-bleeding organ of an animalkilled a few hours earlier, or thefact that he wasn’t even manenough to admit he didn’t like it.The shame, the shame of tryingto hide his wimpishness.
How to avoideating rawstag’s liver
And under a bit of veggie-lettuce-forage at that!“Call Me Dave”, though, isless likely to be squirming athaving his table manners exposedthan at being reminded of hishunting, shooting and ﬁshingprivileged background. Butsince his
are so keen toremind us of his holiday adven-tures and we are all so veryclearly in this together, nowdoes seem a good moment toclarify these important points of etiquette. Should you a) tell yourhostess that you don’t like freshstag liver; b) hide it under alettuce leaf; or c) leave it inplain sight on your plate?Answers please …
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UK hipsters have long envied NewYork’s Highline, a public parkalong an elevated former railwayline. Will the London equivalentmeasure up? A linear park withinthe Nine Elms development has just been given the planning nod.
Walk in the park
C O V E R
D A V I D L E V E N E F O R T H E G U A R D I A N
D on’t ev en think about eating my liv er , posh boy !
It would have been more hurtfulif, say, his trousers had fallendown in the House of Commons. In suggesting she was sexuallyfrustrated, Cameron inﬂicted thiskind of humiliation on Dorries,made much worse by theirrespective positions in the peckingorder. “In dignity contexts, feelingsof humiliation are triggered in thedowntrodden, those who formerlywere expected to bow in subservi-ence,” says Hartling. There is no mystery about whywe enjoy seeing public ﬁgureshumbled – it’s good old-fashionedschadenfreude, perhaps to stop usfrom worrying about our ownfeelings of abasement. There may be a sexual element too. Thesuccess of Fifty Shades of Greysuggests the number of people whoget a thrill out of it may be higherthan previously assumed.Humiliation can have anincendiary power, says Hartling,who believes it has promptedsome of the most violent protestsof the past 15 years, citing theriots that swept the Middle East inSeptember after an anti-Muslimvideo was posted on YouTube.“Our research suggests that whenanyone is humiliated, all of us arediminished in some way,” she says.
Jermaine Jackson is changinghis name to JermaineJacksun. “You cannot blamethis one on the boogie,”a friend told reporters,“You’ve got to blame it onthe sunshine.” Er, right.