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Latest update : 2011-12-26

Republican candidates enlist wives for campaign ads

The Republican candidates in the US have enlisted their wives help. The real life super heroes. And Jib Jab has released its annual video which looks back over the past year.

Republican candidates enlist wives for campaign ads

“You can never predict what kind of tough decisions are going to come in front of a president’s desk. But if you really want to know how a person will operate, look at how they’ve lived their life.” This was Ann Romney, wife of Mitt Romney, one of the possible Republican Presidential candidates for 2012. The clip was posted online last week; she talks about how her husband’s experience speaks for itself, and how he is the only capable of getting the country back on its feet.

But Mrs Romney is not the only wife getting involved in the Republican nomination race. Governor for Texas, Rick Perry has also enlisted his other half’s help, in this campaign ad called “American Story” which is being aired both online and on the television. Anita Perry looks back to when she and her future husband first met at high school, and talks about their strong moral values; values she promises to instill in Washington if her husband is elected next year.

And the Gingrichs are also busy campaigning. They have released a video clip for Christmas and the New Year. Newt is alongside his wife Callista, (who does not seem quite as happy in front of the camera as the other candidates’ wives), they talk of their attachment to the “fire of freedom” that burns in America. It’s a very patriotic message, very fitting for this time of year, and should be a hit with a lot of Republican voters.

 

Real life superheroes

They call themselves Thanatos, Nyx, Phantom Zero and they keep their real identity a secret. Inspired by the American comic book heroes, they have created their characters, along with the costumes and gear that goes with it. But unlike Spiderman or Captain America, these super heroes truly exist.

Some, like Master Legend from Orlando in Florida, patrol the streets at night, fighting crime and helping the police. Others, like Razorhawk from San Diego help the homeless by organizing meals for them.

These caped crusaders sometimes get into trouble with the police. Back in October, Phoenix Jones, whose real name is Ben Fodor, tried to break up a fight outside a nightclub in Seattle. As we can see in this video which has been posted and shared via his Facebook page, he used a tear gas canister to do so. The police got involved and the superhero was the only one arrested at the scene. He appeared in court, and although he is not being sued, he has lost his job working with disabled children.

And the authorities in Canada recently gave a group of teenagers a talking to. They had been passing themselves off as young girls on the Internet, arranging to meet suspected sexual predators in public places, where they would then meet them in their super hero attire. The police ordered them to stop, for their own safety.

 

Swedish citizens control @sweden Twitter account

Sweden’s Twitter account is now controlled by the people of Sweden. Sweden’s tourism Ministry has announced that one Swedish citizen will handle the @sweden account each week, in order to portray a more global image of the country. Writer and Professor Jack Werner is the first to take over the Twitter helm and describes it as a simple and fun way to get to know Sweden.


Google launches new gallery for its doodles

Search engine Google now has a website devoted to its famous Doodles. The American company started releasing these adaptations of its logo back in 1998, and they are all available to view on the site, and are classified in chronological order. From the traditional Thanksgiving turkey to the birth of composer Les Paul, all sorts of Doodles have appeared over the years and have become veritable works of art.

 

Video of the day

American web site Jib Jab has released its annual video which looks back over the events of the past year. From the DSK affair to the phone hacking scandal in the UK, the Arab Spring, and the tsunami in Japan… its’ all in there. This round up of 2011 is available to view on sharing sites.


 

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