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Posted on May 13, 2013

Newt Gingrich wants to know: “What do you call this thing?”

Former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich—seriously, this guy was once considered a real contender to be president—has seemingly no clue what those newfangled devices that make phone calls, send emails, take pictures and allow you to watch video and browse the Internet are called. And, judging by a video he released Friday, it’s not as if he hasn’t tried to figure out this topic that he concedes he’s “really puzzled” about. According to the moon colony enthusiast, his production team has spent a long time on this bewildering question.

“Here at Gingrich Productions, we’ve spent weeks figuring out what do you call this,” Gingrich says seriously, holding up a device that most consumers refer to as a “smartphone.”

But rather than oh, I don’t know, doing a basic Google search to find out the exact name for his portable hand-held device, the former House speaker instead decided to take his plight to the American people by making this embarrassing and inadvertently hilarious video in which he wants your help to come up with a name for it.

“Having failed for several days to come up with an adequate term for the device we call a ‘cellphone,’ we want to open the discussion up to you,” he concludes. “Let us know in the comments what you think we should name it, and we’ll feature the best ones in a future newsletter.”

(To see what YouTube commenters came up with, click here.)


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(h/t Gawker)

—Posted by Tracy Bloom.

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