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Originally posted 12/12/2013 07:35AM
The man who stood next to President Obama and other world leaders and faked sign language during Tuesday's memorial for Nelson Mandela says he suffers from schizophrenia and had an attack that caused him to hear voices and hallucinate on stage.
The man, identified as Thamsanqa Jantjie, 34, claims he is a real interpreter but that a schizophrenic episode caused him to lose concentration and start making meaningless signs, reports South Africa's Star newspaper.
"There was nothing I could do," Jantjie tells the paper. "I was alone in a very dangerous situation. I tried to control myself and not show the world what was going on. I am very sorry, it's the situation I found myself in."
Originally posted 12/11/2013 01:00PM
These days, a song's journey isn't over the day it hits the top of the charts. No, in our Internet-addicted times, a piece of pop culture hasn't truly made its mark until it's been the subject of a thousand parody videos, ordinary people riding its coattails for a brief shot at viral fame. The spoofs can range from sharp and scathing to delightfully affectionate, but they all help make the Web a richer, more democratic place. To celebrate this outpouring of creativity, the people at YouTube have compiled a list of the top 10 parody videos of 2013. Watch them all below!
Originally posted 12/11/2013 12:50PM
"Photos can lie."
So says the photographer who captured the image of President Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt as they took the now-famous group selfie at President Nelson Mandela's memorial in Johannesburg on Tuesday.
"Obama took his place amid these leaders who'd gathered from all corners of the globe," photographer Roberto Schmidt wrote on the global news agency blog, AFP.com. "Among them was British Prime Minister David Cameron, as well as a woman … I later learned was the Danish Prime Minister."
Originally posted 12/10/2013 03:30PM
Did President Obama really join in a group selfie during Tuesday's memorial service for the late South African President Nelson Mandela?
Indeed he did, joining British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt in a grinning snap as the trio sat among world leaders at the FNB soccer stadium where thousands of mourners paid tribute, USA Today reported.
The selfie drew some criticism in the blogosphere where some have chided it as in poor taste, given the solemnity of the occasion as South Africans and others around the world mourned their global human rights icon who died last Thursday at 95.
Originally posted 12/10/2013 06:00AM
The world's political, religious and human rights leaders have converged on Johannesburg, South Africa, to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, who died last Thursday at 95.
Calling Mandela "a giant of history," President Obama spoke about the life and legacy of the late leader, and thanked the people of South Africa "for sharing him with us."
"He gave hope to the oppressed," said Obama, who likened Mandela to Abraham Lincoln for keeping his country together at a time it threatened to break apart.
Also due to speak were South Africa's president, Jacob Zuma, and the presidents of Brazil, India and Cuba – as well as Bono and Oprah Winfrey.
Originally posted 11/30/2013 07:00PM
It's a question a lot of parents of teens and preteens struggle with: how much access should their kids get to sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram?
President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, told Barbara Walters in a sit-down interview on ABC's 20/20 on Friday that while their oldest daughter, Malia, 15, has limited access to Facebook, her little sister, Sasha, 12, isn't old enough for that.
"I still am not a big believer in Facebook for young people ... particularly for them, because they're in the public eye," the first lady said. "Some of it's stuff they don't need to see and be a part of ... So we try to protect them from too much of the public voice."
Originally posted 11/28/2013 01:25PM
Caramel and Popcorn are delicious together, but neither snack-named turkey will be eaten this Thanksgiving, as both were formally pardoned by President Obama on Wednesday.
Popcorn was the winner of the public vote and the star of the official bird-pardoning ceremony, though the runner-up, Caramel, will be spared as well.
"And now, before these turkeys get away, with the power vested in me, I want to grant Popcorn a full reprieve ... from cranberry sauce and stuffing. We wish you well," Obama said. (Watch the clip below to see how it all went down.)
Originally posted 11/26/2013 11:35AM
Judging by their names, they already sound like snacks. But in fact, Caramel and Popcorn are both trying desperately not to get eaten.
They are the two turkeys locked in a battle this week for the most hallowed prize in turkeydom: the traditional Thanksgiving pardon from President Obama.
And they need your vote.
Originally posted 11/23/2013 10:20AM
While attending the Maryland Terrapins vs. Oregon State Beavers basketball game with her family, the 12-year-old creates a fashion frenzy with her whimsical knitwear.
Originally posted 11/21/2013 12:15PM
Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey, both of whom rose from humble beginnings to become two of the world's most powerful and visionary leaders, were honored Wednesday by President Obama with the nation's highest civilian award: the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The honors were bestowed on a day during which Obama honored the legacy of John F. Kennedy, who created the award, by laying a wreath at the assassinated president's gravesite as a nation remembers that terrible day in Dallas a half-century ago Friday.
The day of tributes began at the White House, where Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 16 living and deceased Americans for their contributions in fields ranging from sports and entertainment to science and public service.
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