Well Wishes, Russian Style

"Fine, but I do not wish this mascot well."

"Fine, but I do not wish this mascot well." Source: JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Welcome to another edition of Unintentional Hilarity. (I cannot tell you how much I look forward to this. I might start making it daily.) Today's inadvertent giggle comes courtesy of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev — remember, he's from a part of the world known for its literature, but not necessarily its humor. (If you're going to write to me about the funny bits in Brothers K, I'll probably make fun of you, so, save it.)

In any case, here is Medvedev, attending a well-wishing ceremony for his country's Beijing-bound athletes, where — apparently — basketball player Andrei Kirilenko gave him the mascot that he's holding. Either he thinks the mouse (is that a mouse?) is booby trapped, or he doesn't approve of his country being represented by something so small and funny-looking. Gone are the days of the furry, stuffed hammer and/or sickle. Sigh.

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The character that Medvedev is holding is called "Cheburashka," and he is a Soviet cartoon character. Not a mouse, not a bear, but somewhere in between.

Sent by Rachel | 8:28 AM | 7-31-2008