The Week contest: Tyrant tips
This week's question: President Vladimir Putin is officially the most handsome man in Russia, according to a poll of 2,000 Russians. "Neither actors, nor athletes, nor other politicians can compete with him today," fawned the pollster. If the strutting, often topless autocrat were to write a how-to book for other tyrants, detailing ways they can boost their sex appeal, what should it be titled?
THE WINNER: "From Despot to Sexpot"
Michael Strong, Carmel Valley, California
SECOND PLACE: "Czarisma"
Ken Kellam III, Dallas
THIRD PLACE: "Totalitarian Body Workout"
Greg Martin, La Crescenta, California
"Becoming an Apparatchik Magnet"
Kenneth Burgan, Grass Valley, California
Joe Frank, Scottsdale, Arizona
"Goodbye Free Press, Hello Bench Press"
Joel Nelson, Goleta, California
Janine Witte, Doylestown, Pennsylvania
"Killer Looks: It's All in the Execution"
Norm Carrier, Flat Rock, North Carolina
"There's Something About Being Scary"
P.J. Carroll, Chicago
"Bare-Chested and Uncontested"
Cory Bulris, Vacaville, California
Bill Levine, Belmont, Massachusetts
"The Macho Manifesto"
Patty Oberhausen, Fort Wayne, Indiana
"Developing Weapons of Mass Attraction"
Josh Dym, Bergenfield, New Jersey
"Pumping Iron with an Iron Fist"
Troup Miller, Austin, Texas
"Let Them Eat Beefcake"
Damian Polack, Fort Gratiot, Michigan
"Punch Hard, Paunch Light"
Barbara Noordeloos, Grand Rapids, Michigan