SYDNEY: Strange things happen Down Under. Take, for example the quirky culinary/personal grooming habits of former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd who has the unusual distinction of being captured via world-wide video prodding out gobs of crusty-gooey earwax with his pinky and munching on it with great finger-licking gusto.
Nose-picker/eaters all over the world cheered him for his unique body-waste-taste .
In fact Rudd is believed to have vigorously defended this saying:
"Mistuh Spaykuh, Mistuh Spaykuh, ah believe Mistuh Spaykuh.....it is ma Pahliamentary dudy to munch on ma own eerwex during Hewse procydings".
Mr. Rudd was admitted to hospital on Friday after complaining of stomach pains and a spokesman said he will need to have his gallbladder removed.
Former colleague and opponent Mark Latham challenged the Rudd camp over this announcement and said Rudd had taken the "snake's way" of leaking news to journalists.
"I think it's unmanly and beneath a decent Aussie bloke to act this way, let alone an ex-prime minister," Latham told reporters.
"So I challenge Kevin Rudd to be a man, to be honest, to have some honour and actually, if he feels this strongly about it, put his name to his words."
Meanwhile Mr. Rudd's camp said he looked forward to resuming a rejuvenated campaign soon and challenged current PM Julia Gillard to a televised earwax munching duel, predicting that - despite the advantage of her gargantuan earlobes- he would win hands down.