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Sunday, 12 August 2007

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The strawberry is yesterday's news

Most Americans hadn't even HEARD of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, let alone know that he was running for President. But that was before, seemingly out of nowhere, he vaulted to second place in the Iowa Straw Poll.

The National Institute of Huckleberry Growers was quick to act, declaring that the name of its product would be changed from huckleberry to huckabee. "You gotta go with the flow, change with the times," announced Harry Huckle, Executive Director of the Institute. "Besides," he added, "the berry suffix has become so dated and ordinary. Strawberry, blueberry, cranberry -- yesterday's news. But huckabee, now that's a name for the future!"

Menus all across America are being revised to reflect the change. "Huckabee pie has a nice ring to it," agreed Sallie Mae Sassy, a 62 year-old-waitress in an Arkansas diner.

At a hastily called news conference for Governor Mike Huckabee's campaign, a grinning spokesperson with purple teeth munched from a pint container of you-know-whats and said the campaign would have no official comment on the name change.

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