Reason #421 that Vladimir was not elected class clown:

CNN.com - Icy reception for Putin's climate joke - Sep. 29, 2003: "MOSCOW (Reuters) -- An unscripted gag about global warming won Russian President Vladimir Putin an icy reception on Monday at a U.N. environment conference, where Arctic nations warned the frozen north faces disaster from climate change.

'In Russia, you often hear, either as a joke or seriously, that Russia is a northern country and it would not be scary for it to be two or three degrees warmer,' Putin said in an unexpected interjection at the conference. "

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