Birth of a Weird Folk Hero

Have you seen this man?

No.  Not the skinny guy on the left. The other guy–who stood next to world leaders on national television, apparently doing sign language translation for the deaf, only to be revealed by actual deaf people to be a complete phony who was just making random gestures.  He has now completely vanished and South African authorities, rather embarrassed by this epic security failure, are keen to have a little chat with him.

Me: I think this is screamingly funny and deeply terrifying.  But mostly funny since nothing bad happened.

  • Thibaud313

    Can you imagine if, instead of being a harmless Marx-brothers’ style crackpot, the guy had been a crackpot of the dangerous, murderous kind ? And the voices in his head had told him to assassinate Obama in the middle of his speech ? 50 years from now, everyone would still be convinced this was some form of conspiracy because there was no way the South African Government could have been that incompetent.

  • Steve

    This has to be one of the weirdest news stories of the year.

  • Tom

    And to make it even better/worse, this isn’t the first time he’s done this. One would think after the first time that somebody would have pointed it out.

  • Stu

    Where is Garrett Morris when you need him?

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  • Scott W.

    The jokes write themselves.