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Life of mouse at stake in US poll parody

2012-10-04 22:21

Washington - A little white mouse risks being devoured by a hungry snake in an online parody of cutthroat American politics that went online on Wednesday just hours before the US presidential debate.

Snakeormouse.com invites visitors to cast ballots on whether the "MouseOn President" will be fed to the "Friends of the Sssssssnake President" when voting ends on 6 November - the same day as the US elections.

The satirical website features a live video stream of the two "candidates" as well as mock political platforms that suggest that the rodent represents President Barack Obama and the reptile his Republican rival Mitt Romney.

"We thought there was a need to really poke fun at a lot of the marketing and persuasion tools being used nowadays" in political campaigns, said the website's creator Andrew Loos, who runs a Los Angeles viral marketing firm.

In early voting on Wednesday, the mouse was leading the snake 54 to 46% - although, according to the website's terms and conditions, organisers reserve the right to modify the final outcome.

Comments
  • jennifer.s.nutt - 2012-10-04 22:35

    Slow news day?

  • gordon.turner.37 - 2012-10-04 23:30

    PETA about to complain that snakes eating mice is offensive....

  • Michael - 2012-10-05 09:22

    "according to the website's terms and conditions, organisers reserve the right to modify the final outcome." ..... Oh, like the republicans did with Bush's win against Kerry. Recount!!!!!

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