Let’s face it, for better or worse policymakers and politicians say and do a lot of funny things in and about the Americas. The region seems to lend itself to the tragic-comic events like former Congressman and then-chair of the Western Hemisphere Sub-Committee Dan Burton saying in a Congressional hearing that the U.S. ”should place an aircraft carrier off the coast of Bolivia and crop dust the coca fields.” (If you don’t get the joke, look at a map.) Or there’s Venezuelan President Maduro’s use of “de-mangos” as a tool of citizen participation. In short, there’s a lot to laugh at in the Americas, or at least that’s what we have to do or we’d just get depressed. From cartoons to the things policymakers and politicians have said and done, here you will find a collection of the absurd and ridiculous in the Americas.