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Hillary Clinton: 'I was constructed in a garage in Palo Alto'

No matter how many high-profile comedic appearances Hillary Clinton makes or how many supporters she dances with, she can't seem to escape criticism for coming off as unfeeling, bordering on robotic.

The former secretary of state didn't exactly dispute that notion in her Sunday interview with BuzzFeed's "Another Round" podcast.

Co-host Heben Nigatu marveled over Clinton's apparent immunity from sweating and asked what her secret is. An amused Clinton didn't have much to offer by way of explanation, apart from confirming she prefers a solid block deodorant to a spray.

After a good laugh from all parties, co-host Tracy Clayton moved on to an ostensibly unrelated question: "What's the weirdest thing about you?" Clinton quipped that it's her lack of sweat, prompting Nigatu to suggest she may actually be a robot.

Disconcertingly, Clinton didn't disagree:

You guys are the first to realize that I'm really not even a human being. I was constructed in a garage in Palo Alto a very long time ago. People think that, you know, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, they created it. Oh no. I mean, a man whose name shall remain nameless created me in his garage. [BuzzFeed]

But wait, are there more Clinton-like cyborgs out there? Perhaps, she explained.

"I thought he threw away the plans, at least that's what he told me when he programmed me — that there would be no more," Clinton said. "I've seen more people that kind of don't sweat, and other things, that make me think maybe they are part of the new race that he created: the robot race."

Secret's out. Listen to the clip below, and head to BuzzFeed for the full interview, where she did also address some actual political issues. Julie Kliegman