25 Years of Weird Donald Trump News

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump courts controversy, but he also has a knack for  showing up in weird news stories. Far more so than any of the other candidates in the 2016 election. 

This is, in part, a result of the billionaire's larger-than-life, one-hundred-percent-American persona, but his unique, combover hairstyle may also have something to do with it, since it seems to inspire much strangeness. 

Here we review some of the highlights of Trump's decades-old association with weird news.  

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America Loves Trump!

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June 11 1990: USA Today reported the results of a phone-in poll that had asked callers to choose which statement best represented their beliefs — either "Donald Trump symbolizes what made the USA a great country" or "Donald Trump symbolizes the things that are wrong with this country." A whopping 81 percent of the 6406 calls said Trump represented what was great about America. "You like him! You really like him!" trumpeted the paper. 

A month later the paper admitted that an investigation had revealed that 75 percent of the pro-Trump calls had come from "two telephone numbers in a single insurance company." A spokeswoman for the owner of the company, Carl H. Lindner Jr., said the calls had been made because Lindner and others at his company admired Trump's "entrepreneurial spirit." [LA Times, 7/19/1990]

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Talking Trump Doll

September 2004: A 12-inch Donald Trump talking doll went on sale. The doll was produced by Stevenson Entertainment Group, with a portion of the profits going to Trump. The doll said seventeen phrases, including "I have no choice but to tell you you're fired," and "You really think you're a good leader. I don't." Despite Trump's all-American image, the doll was manufactured in China. [Sun-Sentinel, 12/13/2004]

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Trump Evicts Trump

May 2009: The co-op board of Trump Plaza started proceedings to evict a tenant who was delinquent on rent payments. The tenant was Donald Trump's Trump Corporation. Explained the president of the co-op, "If you don't pay the rent when Donald Trump is your landlord, he comes down on you like a hammer. Well lo and behold, he signed a lease that was his own lease and he's the tenant. And he missed April and May." [AmLaw Daily, 5/13/2009]

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Trump Pranked

via Twitter

September 2014: Twitter user @feckhead asked Donald Trump if he would retweet a photo, explaining that it showed his parents who had passed away and "always said you were big inspiration." Trump readily obliged, retweeting the photo to his thousands of followers. Many of these followers then informed Trump that the photo actually showed the infamous serial killers Fred and Rose West. Trump reacted angrily, declaring that the prankster was a "jerk" and tweeting, "Maybe I'll sue." [Independent, 9/30/2014]

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Trump Pinata

June 2015: In response to Trump's controversial comments about Mexican immigrants, Mexican artist Dalton Avalos Ramirez created and started selling a papier-mache Donald Trump pinata that featured Trump's "inimitable hairstyle" and oversized mouth. Said Ramirez, "people want to burn the pinatas, they want to break them. People are angry." [abc13.com, 6/19/2015]

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Trump Your Cat

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July 2015: A fad spread among cat owners to "Trump" their cat. This involved brushing the cat and then using the fur to create a "kitty toupee." Numerous pictures of Trumped cats appeared online, accompanied by the hastag #TrumpYourCat. [abc7.com, 7/15/2015]

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Butter Trump

Jan Castellano

August 2015: Jan Castellano of Wildwood, Missouri reported that when she opened a tub of Earth Origins Organic Butter Spread, she discovered a pattern on the surface of the butter that looked just like Donald Trump. [ksdk.com, 8/22/2015]

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Fatherly Love

Ivanka Trump. Kris Connor/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

September 2015: Trump raised eyebrows when, during an interview with Rolling Stone reporter Paul Solotaroff, he remarked about his daughter Ivanka, "what a beauty, that one. If I weren't happily married and, ya know, her father . . . "

Solotaroff noted that this wasn't the first time Trump had made comments about wanting to date his own daughter (if he weren't her father). He made similar comments in 2003 on The Howard Stern Show, and again in 2006 while appearing on The View. [mediaite.com, 9/10/2015]

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Trumpkins

Nancy Faber/Twitter

October 2015: Donald Trump became the "overwhelming choice" among Halloween pumpkin carvers, with numerous people carving pumpkins in his likeness and then sharing photos of their creations (dubbed 'Trumpkins') online. [wbtw.com, 10/28/2015]

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Trump vs. Eagle

December 2015: During a Time magazine cover photoshoot, a photographer posed Trump with a 27-year-old bald eagle named "Uncle Sam," imagining the pairing as two American icons together. However, the eagle got feisty with Trump, first smacking the billionaire's hair with its wing, and later lunging at Trump's hand. Trump later described the bird as "seriously dangerous but beautiful." [time.com, 12/9/2015]

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Donald Trump Duck

January 2016: Several duck watchers spotted a mallard duck swimming in Richmond, Ontario's Mill Pond that looked just like Donald Trump. The resemblance was due to a tuft of brown feathers on the bird's head that looked a great deal like Trump's signature hairstyle. Check out pictures of the Trump Duck here.

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TrumpScript

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January 2016: Computer Science students at Rice University created TrumpScript, a programming language inspired by Donald Trump. They said that TrumpScript was a "“programming language Trump would approve of. Just like he is making America great again, we hope our efforts will make programming great again.”

In the spirit of Trump, the language only allowed the use of numbers over 1,000,000. It had no import statements ("All code has to be home-grown and American made."). And it required that all programs end with the statement "America is great." [samshadwell.me]