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20 May 2010 08:22

The unfortunate Ukrainian President, Victor Yanukovich, is the subject of the latest online viral video sensation, the attack of the memorial wreath:

In internet speak, that's an 'Epic Fail', which brings to mind former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, for his performance in Israel in 2000. An Epic Fail before the term was even invented:

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder accidentally extinguished Israel’s eternal memorial flame for the 6 million Jews killed in the Nazi Holocaust...At a somber ceremony in Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, Schroeder turned a handle that was supposed to make the flame rise. It went out instead.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, who accompanied Schroeder to Yad Vashem’s Hall of Remembrances, stepped forward to try to help, but was unsuccessful. Finally, a technician used a gas lighter to bring the flame to life again.

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