Seinfeld buffs will recall the famous episode The Pick, in which Jerry is dumped by the model he is dating after she catches him picking his nose. Jerry defends himself by claiming it wasn’t a pick but rather a scratch, since there wasn’t any nostril penetration.
While the model (and probably the audience) didn’t buy his argument, at least it was within the realm of possibility.
Australia’s opposition leader lamented his past behavior on Wednesday, as images of him picking his ear wax in Parliament reached a growing audience via the Internet.
The embarrassing footage was captured by Parliament’s official television camera at least six years ago as Kevin Rudd, then a junior Labor Party lawmaker, sat in the House Representatives listening to a colleague question a government minister.
Rudd, who is likely to become Australia’s prime minister next month, is seen in the background absent-mindedly probing his left ear before apparently placing the same finger in his mouth.
The footage has found it way on to YouTube and has attracted increasing attention in recent weeks as Rudd, a Chinese-speaking former diplomat, leads Prime Minister John Howard in opinion polls ahead of Nov. 24 elections.
Rudd was questioned by the media Wednesday about his behavior after the footage recently featured on U.S. national television on NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
Rudd, who was elected Labor leader in December last year, has previously told journalists he was scratching his chin.
Worst. Excuse. Ever.