History’s Most Successful Non-Human Politicians

IncitatusCracked has a brilliant historical list of politicians who held office despite being animals or inanimate objects, beginning with Incitatus (right), a horse who served as a senator in ancient Rome. Best is the canister of foot powder that rose to mayoral prominence in Ecuador. Let yourself be inspired:

Sure, none of those mayors may have been human, but at least they’ve been some kind of living organisms. So the town of Picoaza, Ecuador, has them all beat, since it elected a brand of foot powder mayor in 1967.

Since it was election time, the manufacturer of the foot powder Pulvapies decided to make some tongue-in-cheek election-themed ads with the slogan: “Vote for any candidate, but if you want well-being and hygiene, vote for Pulvapies.” Picoaza took this literally, and Pulvapies won the election as a write-in candidate.