I’m headed out of town for the holidays tomorrow, so here’s a supersize dose of absurdity to tide you over until 2013:
- Apparently half of Africa fell for a spoof article reporting Mike Tyson’s sex change surgery and subsequent adoption of the name “Michelle.” Because excessive lactation totally seems like a plausible explanation for the 1996 loss to Holyfield… (h/t Ben in Lusaka)
- Max Boot suggested that the solution to Congo’s problems is… wait for it… mercenaries. But the internet saved the day, spawning an amazing “Max Boot Pitches” micro-meme on Twitter. Highlights include: “Hezbollah training missions for Tibetan self-immolators” and “redeploy[ing] Mexican drug gangs to stabilize Yemen.”
- The Teletubbies will begin airing in Burma in January. Call me crazy, but this does not seem like a great way to incentivize other authoritarian regimes to liberalize.
- Current longest-serving-African-dictator Teodor Obiang is building a shiny new capital city deep in the jungles of Equatorial Guinea, where he won’t have to worry about sea invasions. (But he will have a 6-lane highway and a golf course.) The government plans to drag approximately 1/3 of EG’s 700,000 inhabitants along with it when it moves into Oyala in 2020.