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Brazilian clown Tiririca didn't even pretend to run a serious campaign, and he was rewarded with more than 1.3 million votes and a job in government. Tiririca, who started his professional life at age 8 in a circus, will serve as the federal deputy for Sao Paulo, although he may be asked to take a literacy test. (Video after the jump)

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Here's a snippet that shows what it must be like for your average congressperson heading for work these days: Watch as North Dakota Rep Earl Pomeroy is descended upon by two women vigorously demanding that President Bush be impeached, which spurs a clearly irked Pomeroy to fume that, "I can't stand this president [but] people I represent don't wanna impeach this clown".

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