Comedian and best-selling author David Sedaris moved from the United States to England's Horsham district three years ago, and he has now made a name for himself across the pond, too: David "Pig Pen" Sedaris.
The Horsham District Council noticed its new resident's zeal for keeping the area trash-free, as he walked several miles each day picking up litter. So, they decided to thank him for his hard work by naming a local garbage truck "Pig Pen Sedaris" and emblazoning the side with a bright pink pig (check out the delightful photo via the West Sussex County Times, which reported on the honor).
Here's the interesting part: Nowhere in the article is Sedaris' relative fame mentioned. Either the paper did not want to take away from his true calling as "South Downs litter picker," or the writers failed to notice they were honoring one of their own. Either way, it didn't seem to bother Sedaris too much.
"I'm angry at the people who throw these things out their car windows, but I'm just as angry at the people who walk by it every day," Sedaris told the paper. "I say pick it up yourself. Do it enough and you might one day get a garbage truck named after you. It's an amazing feeling." Sarah Eberspacher
Seth Meyers took a closer look at night two of the Democratic National Convention, the screams that took place during it, and Donald Trump's attempt to reach out to supporters of Bernie Sanders who feel spurned.
He first focused his attention on Howard Dean, the former Democratic National Committee chairman and onetime presidential candidate, who during his speech mocked the shouting that led to his downfall as a candidate. That was nothing compared to the howl let out by Meryl Streep later in the evening, which gave Meyers a great idea for Hollywood's next blockbuster: "Look for Meryl starring in The Howard Dean Story. There is no part she cannot play."
Meyers went on to scoff at a tweet sent out by Trump, encouraging Sanders backers to join his side if they "want to fix our rigged system and bring back our jobs." Trump believing that he'll attract Sanders supporters "is like WWE Raw thinking they'll get a bunch of new viewers now that Downton Abbey is off the air," Meyers quipped. "They're different shows, dude." While it didn't happen during the convention, Meyers also couldn't help but comment on the challenge Trump issued to Russian hackers during a press conference on Wednesday. "Not sure why Trump would openly ask Russia to spy on Americans, but I'm sure he has his treasons," he said coyly. Watch the video below. Catherine Garcia
On July 27, 2004, a little known Illinois state senator named Barack Obama delivered the keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention.
In his address, Obama introduced himself to most of the Democratic Party and the American people, sharing his unique back story while rallying for that year's nominee, John Kerry. Months later, Obama was elected to the United States Senate, and the rest is history. Catherine Garcia
That's my man! Your truth, dignity and grace reminds us what real leadership looks like. I am always proud of our @POTUS. -mo
— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) July 28, 2016
"That's my man!" Michelle Obama tweeted after her husband finished his address. "Your truth, dignity, and grace reminds us what real leadership looks like. I am always proud of our @POTUS." Earlier in the night, the first lady also had a special message for Vice President Joe Biden (who during his DNC speech called her "incredible"): "To one of my favorite men in the world. Joe, thank you and Jill for all you've done for this country. Our love for you is deep. So proud!" Catherine Garcia
The Democratic National Convention closed out Wednesday night with Hillary Clinton and President Obama arm-in-arm onstage. After Obama wrapped up one of his last major speeches as president, Clinton surprised the convention by making her first in-person appearance. In a moment that solidified Obama's call for voters to keep his journey going, the two — the country's first black president and, possibly, its first female president — embraced, as cheers broke out on the convention floor.
Clinton will make her second — and much longer — appearance when she addresses the convention Thursday night. In the meantime, you can watch her surprise entrance, below. Becca Stanek
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) July 28, 2016
President Obama gave the strongest endorsement possible of Hillary Clinton during the Democratic National Convention, telling the cheering delegates that he could state "with confidence" there has "never been a man or a woman — not me, not Bill, nobody — more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States of America."
"Nothing truly prepares you for the demands of the Oval Office," Obama said. "But Hillary's been in the room. She's been part of the decision, she knows what's at stake in decisions." He recalled the tough fight Clinton put up during the 2008 election, and said she was doing "everything I was doing, but just like Ginger Rogers, it was backwards in heels." When she served as his secretary of state, Obama was able to have a "front row seat to her intelligence, her judgment, her discipline."
After going through some of the highlights of his presidency ("delivering justice to Osama bin Laden," ensuring that "health care is not a privilege for a few, it is a right for everybody") Obama rejected Donald Trump's fear mongering. "He's not really a plans guy, not really a facts guys, either," he said. "He calls himself a business guy; I know plenty of business men and women who achieved remarkable success without leaving a trail of lawsuits and unpaid workers and people who feel like they've been cheated. Does anyone really believe that a guy who spent his 70 years on this earth showing no regard for working people is suddenly going to become your champion? Your voice?" Trump is suggesting that "America is weak," but "America is already great," Obama said. "America is already strong. I promise you, our strength, our greatness, does not depend on Donald Trump."
The United States he knows is "full of courage and optimism," the president said, and he reminded people that "democracy isn't a spectator sport" and they must "get in the arena." Obama teared up at the end of his speech, and confessed that the "American people" have kept him going. "I see Americans of every party, every background, every faith, who believe that we are stronger together," he said, before calling on everyone to "reject cynicism and reject fear, to show the world we still believe in the promise of this great nation." Catherine Garcia
As the Democratic National Convention recounted President Obama's victories in office Wednesday night, one obstacle overcome was a little surprising: Rahm Emanuel. In the video introduction to the president's address, Rahm — formerly Obama's chief of staff and now mayor of Chicago — was shown trying to get in the way of Obama's signature health care bill becoming law. A voiceover said Emanuel argued the Affordable Care Act might threaten Obama's chances at reelection in 2012, but that the president selflessly overruled him. Emanuel ended up getting proven wrong — and, it seems, Obama wanted to remind him of that one last time. Becca Stanek
Unless you're one of his three children, Tim Kaine is not your dad — but he might as well be.
Hillary Clinton's mild-mannered running mate is the calm in the storm that is the 2016 election. During his speech at the Democratic National Convention, he was even-tempered, spoke with joy when talking about his family, and even when he got riled up and did an impression of Donald Trump, it made the Republican presidential nominee seem almost (key word: almost) chill. It wasn't difficult to imagine Kaine slipping into the role of your father, telling you he just wants the best for you, that he's proud of you no matter what, and of course he's happy to give you a ride to soccer practice — go get 'em, tiger! Twitter agreed: Catherine Garcia
Tim Kaine will not swear in front of his kids unless the lawnmower breaks AGAIN and he's mad at it but not you.
— Sara Benincasa (@SaraJBenincasa) July 28, 2016
Tim Kaine would never do his kid's diorama but he would make sure he learned a lesson about time management #DNCinPHL
— Molly Rosenthal (@molls189) July 28, 2016
Tim Kaine backstage already changed into pic.twitter.com/u4vol8MTLA
— Clayton Cubitt (@claytoncubitt) July 28, 2016
Tim Kaine is turning in early tonight but he'll record Obama's speech on the VCR to watch later.
— Tyger Huckabeatz (@TylerHuckabee) July 28, 2016
Tim Kaine comes off as that super goofy high school teacher who always made terrible jokes and is also the reason you got to go to college.
— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) July 28, 2016
Tim Kaine is the guy who buys cookies from every Girl Scout he sees and ends up with a year-round supply of Samoas and Thin Mints.
— Erin Ruberry (@erinruberry) July 28, 2016