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15th Oct '17 3:30:23 PM nombretomado
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* The [[BritishUnis University of East Anglia, Norwich]] once elected a gerbil as its Student Union President. This was meant as a sarcastic backlash against the moribund, party-driven nature of student politics - perceived as irrelevant to the interests of the student body - and the supine nature of the university's politically-minded students. Students alienated by the partisan nature of the game and the way some candidates viewed the position not as one of genuine service, but merely as a tick on their CV's for political careers elsewhere, made a telling point. [[note]]Several UEA students active in university politics at this time did indeed go on to become MP's, MEP's or else very active "fixers" in their respective party organisations. Or party hacks, depending on your point of view.[[/note]]

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* The [[BritishUnis [[UsefulNotes/BritishUnis University of East Anglia, Norwich]] once elected a gerbil as its Student Union President. This was meant as a sarcastic backlash against the moribund, party-driven nature of student politics - perceived as irrelevant to the interests of the student body - and the supine nature of the university's politically-minded students. Students alienated by the partisan nature of the game and the way some candidates viewed the position not as one of genuine service, but merely as a tick on their CV's for political careers elsewhere, made a telling point. [[note]]Several UEA students active in university politics at this time did indeed go on to become MP's, MEP's or else very active "fixers" in their respective party organisations. Or party hacks, depending on your point of view.[[/note]]
28th Sep '17 7:38:39 AM Gregzilla
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** A cat named Stubbs in Talkeetna, Alaska has been mayor since 1997.

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** A cat named Stubbs [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stubbs_(cat) Stubbs]] in Talkeetna, Alaska has been was mayor since 1997.from 1997 until his death in July 2017.
28th Sep '17 7:34:34 AM Gregzilla
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* TropeNamer: Emperor UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} famously planned to appoint his favorite horse Incitatus to the consulship, the (by this point purely titular) highest political office in Rome. However, it's a little more complicated than it sounds: he may have done this in order to mock the Senate ("My horse could do as good a job as any of you clowns! I'll just teach him to stamp once for 'yes' and twice for 'no comment'"), it may have been a rumor started after his death, he could just have wanted the year to be named after Incitatus (the first consuls of the year were eponymous), or he genuinely might have been completely insane (this was the firm position of most ancient writers.)
** Mind you, most Roman historians were of the Senatorial class. If Caligula was deliberately and clearly insulting the Senate, they might have taken their revenge in the history books.

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* TropeNamer: Emperor UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} famously planned to appoint his favorite horse Incitatus to the consulship, the (by this point purely titular) highest political office in Rome. However, it's a little more complicated than it sounds: he may have done this in order to mock the Senate ("My horse could do as good a job as any of you clowns! I'll just teach him to stamp once for 'yes' and twice for 'no comment'"), it may have been a rumor started after his death, he could just have wanted the year to be named after Incitatus (the first consuls of the year were eponymous), or he genuinely might have been completely insane (this was the firm position of most ancient writers.)
** Mind you, most Roman historians
writers...[[UnreliableExpositor many of whom were of the Senatorial class. If Caligula was clearly and deliberately and clearly insulting the Senate, they might have taken their revenge in the history books.insulted Senatorial class]]).
21st Sep '17 6:04:09 PM cordychase
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* TropeNamer: Emperor UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} famously planned to appoint his favorite horse Incitatus to the consulship, the (by this point purely titular) highest political office in Rome. However, it's a little more complicated than it sounds: he may have done this in order to mock the Senate ("My horse could do as good a job as any of you clowns! I'll just teach him to stamp once for 'yes' and twice for 'no comment'"), it may have been a rumor started after his death, or he genuinely might have been completely insane (this was the firm position of most ancient writers.)

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* TropeNamer: Emperor UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} famously planned to appoint his favorite horse Incitatus to the consulship, the (by this point purely titular) highest political office in Rome. However, it's a little more complicated than it sounds: he may have done this in order to mock the Senate ("My horse could do as good a job as any of you clowns! I'll just teach him to stamp once for 'yes' and twice for 'no comment'"), it may have been a rumor started after his death, he could just have wanted the year to be named after Incitatus (the first consuls of the year were eponymous), or he genuinely might have been completely insane (this was the firm position of most ancient writers.)
22nd Aug '17 1:31:02 PM thatother1dude
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* The movie ''Disney/TheAristocats'' has a Paris woman deciding to allow the Cats to inherit her estate, with her butler intending to off the cats before she dies so he could acquire the inheritance. And, ironically enough, that turned out to be completely pointless: if he had listened to the ''whole'' will, he would've heard that upon the Paris woman's death, the butler was to be ''appointed the cats' caretaker'', so he actually would've (sort of) gotten the money ''anyway'' if he'd just left the cats alone.
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14th Aug '17 11:28:04 AM jccw227
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoon, "Heir-Conditioned", Sylvester the Cat is left the sole inheritor of a vast fortune from his deceased mistress, but after dealing with Elmer Fudd serving has his financial advisor, urging him to invest the money, followed by his cat friends who listened to Elmer's lecture, Sylvester is left wishing that his mistress had found a way to take it with her.
6th Aug '17 5:14:14 PM trentongm
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** John Ashcroft infamously lost an election to an opponent who died during the campaign, with the dead man's widow serving in his place.
19th Jul '17 1:28:16 AM AgProv
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* The [[BrtishUnis University of East Anglia, Norwich]] once elected a gerbil as its Student Union President. This was meant as a sarcastic backlash against the moribund, party-driven nature of student politics - perceived as irrelevant to the interests of the student body - and the supine nature of the university's politically-minded students. Students alienated by the partisan nature of the game and the way some candidates viewed the position not as genuine service, but as a tick on their CV's for political careers elsewhere, made a telling point. [[note]]Several UEA students active in university politics at this time did indeed go on to become MP's, MEP's or else very active "fixers" in their respective party organisations. Or party hacks, depending on your point of view.[[/note]]

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* The [[BrtishUnis [[BritishUnis University of East Anglia, Norwich]] once elected a gerbil as its Student Union President. This was meant as a sarcastic backlash against the moribund, party-driven nature of student politics - perceived as irrelevant to the interests of the student body - and the supine nature of the university's politically-minded students. Students alienated by the partisan nature of the game and the way some candidates viewed the position not as one of genuine service, but merely as a tick on their CV's for political careers elsewhere, made a telling point. [[note]]Several UEA students active in university politics at this time did indeed go on to become MP's, MEP's or else very active "fixers" in their respective party organisations. Or party hacks, depending on your point of view.[[/note]]
19th Jul '17 1:26:39 AM AgProv
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* The [[BrtishUnis University of East Anglia, Norwich]] once elected a gerbil as its Student Union President. This was meant as a sarcastic backlash against the moribund, party-driven nature of student politics - perceived as irrelevant to the interests of the student body - and the supine nature of the university's politically-minded students. Students alienated by the partisan nature of the game and the way some candidates viewed the position not as genuine service, but as a tick on their CV's for political careers elsewhere, made a telling point. [[note]]Several UEA students active in university politics at this time did indeed go on to become MP's, MEP's or else very active "fixers" in their respective party organisations. Or party hacks, depending on your point of view.[[/note]]
18th Jul '17 12:32:27 PM thatother1dude
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', the nuclear plant is actually owned by a canary, so that if the government ever conducts a proper investigation, the canary is the one that will go to jail. Mr. Burns implies that this is standard practice, saying "Standard Oil was once owned by a half-eaten lunch." In another episode, he made a dog a vice president.
** In another episode, an inanimate carbon rod from the nuclear reactor was honored as Employee of the Month (much to Homer's chagrin), and [[spoiler: after Homer accidentally "used" a different Inanimate Carbon Rod to lock the door on the spacecraft after he broke it]], it was given its own ticker-tape parade.
*** In fact, in the aforementioned episode with the canary, Homer is shown at the very bottom of the nuclear plant's employee hierarchy via a chart (the canary being at top, with Burns directly below him). Directly above Homer is the Inanimate Carbon Rod.
*** Its also implied that hiring animals to even work at the plant, never mind making them high officials, was one of Mr. Burns' quirks, as in the episode "The Last Temptation of Homer Simpson", it was shown that he had, aside from hiring an illegal Iranian immigrant worker, also had hired a duck named "Stewart" as a low level employee who tows nuclear waste. (He also berates it to "get back to work!" when it briefly stops to catch it's breath) This may be less outright insanity and more Mr. Burns' cheapness combined with a callous disregard for life. Later in the episode Burns is scanning the security monitors trying to find a pair of employees who are ''not'' currently fighting with each other to send as his representatives to a convention, not only is the duck seen fighting another employee, he's ''winning''.
*** In the episode with the flashback of Maggie's birth, Homer briefly quit his job. When he returned to the plant he found he had been replaced with a chicken. Which he later ate.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
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In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "Deep Space Homer", an inanimate carbon rod from the nuclear reactor was honored as Employee of the Month (much to Homer's chagrin), and [[spoiler: after Homer accidentally "used" a different Inanimate Carbon Rod to lock the door on the spacecraft after he broke it]], it was given its own ticker-tape parade.
** In "C.E.D'oh", Burns reveals
the nuclear plant is actually owned by a canary, so that if the government ever conducts a proper investigation, [[PromotedToScapegoat the canary is the one that will go to jail.jail]]. Mr. Burns implies that this is standard practice, saying "Standard Oil was once owned by a half-eaten lunch." In another episode, he made a dog a vice president.
** In another episode, an inanimate carbon rod from the nuclear reactor was honored as Employee of the Month (much to Homer's chagrin), and [[spoiler: after Homer accidentally "used" a different Inanimate Carbon Rod to lock the door on the spacecraft after he broke it]], it was given its own ticker-tape parade.
*** In fact, in the aforementioned episode with the canary,
Homer is shown at the very bottom of the nuclear plant's employee hierarchy via a chart (the canary being at top, with Burns directly below him). Directly above Homer is the Inanimate Carbon Rod.
*** Its also implied that hiring animals to even work at the plant, never mind making them high officials, was one of Mr. Burns' quirks, as in ** In "Homer's Enemy", Burns made a dog a vice president.
** In
the episode "The Last Temptation of Homer Simpson", it was shown that he had, aside from hiring an illegal Iranian immigrant worker, also had hired a duck named "Stewart" as a low level employee who tows nuclear waste. (He also berates it to "get back to work!" when it briefly stops to catch it's breath) This may be less outright insanity and more Mr. Burns' cheapness combined with a callous disregard for life. Later in the episode Burns is scanning the security monitors trying to find a pair of employees who are ''not'' currently fighting with each other to send as his representatives to a convention, not only is the duck seen fighting another employee, he's ''winning''.
*** ** In the episode with the flashback of Maggie's birth, Homer briefly quit his job. When he returned to the plant he found he had been replaced with a chicken. Which he later ate.
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