One expects two electoral rivals in a public debate to argue over policies, political histories and even personal mistakes of each other, but never the legality of a portable fan. In case it's confusing for you, we're talking about a mechanical fan here that disseminates cool air and not a supporter.
As unbelievable as it sounds, the debate between the incumbent Florida Gov. Rick Scott and his Democratic rival Charlie Crist this week featured a heated argument over a fan that the latter had placed underneath his lectern to keep himself from sweating.
Prior to the start of the debate, Scott spotted the electrical appliance and refused to take the stage, saying it was against the debate's rules, which clearly state that no props are allowed on stage.
The absurdity of the situation was evident in debate moderator Elliot Rodriguez's explanation for why Gov. Scott refused to appear on stage.
"We have an extremely peculiar situation right now," Rodriguez told his audience before Crist added: "Are we really going to debate a fan?"
After seven minutes of awkwardness, Scott finally gave up his crusade against fans and took the stage, but not before the host noted: "That has to be the most unique beginning to any debate."
Once the debate finally kicked off, all the fan-related chatter was forgotten and the three parties focused on political affairs. The Internet, however, wasn't going to let it slide that easily, as they made a new twitter trend – #fangate – out of it.