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Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
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Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Fake Fish Photos
The Milton Mule and Henry Bull
In 1936 a candidate named Boston Curtis ran for the post of Republican precinct committeeman in the town of Milton, Washington. And he won. Unfortunately, and unbeknownst to the people who voted for him, Boston Curtis was a mule. His name had been placed on the ballot by the Democratic mayor Ken Simmons who guessed, correctly, that no one actually knows anything about the candidates for the lower-ranking positions. They just vote along party lines. Simmons figured it would be funny to get the Republicans to vote in a mule (which is the symbol of the Democratic party).

Carrying on this tradition of involving animals in the electoral process, we now have Brenda Gould, from Newmarket, England, who registered her cows as voters. She listed their names as Henry and Sophie Bull. Oh, and she also registered her dog, 'Jake Woofles.' And on the same subject, check out this Aug 2002 entry about a basset hound who was registered to vote in New Zealand.
Categories: Politics
Posted by The Curator on Fri Feb 20, 2004
Comments (1)
yeah, but they can probably complete a ballot more accurately than a Florida voter....
Posted by Jim S  in  USA  on  Wed Feb 25, 2004  at  12:03 PM
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