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Fear not! Museums are on hand to decipher Trump’s tweets

31 May 2017

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Much speculation today as to the meaning of ‘covfefe’, the mysterious term apparently tweeted in error by President Trump late last night.

Some suggested the enigmatic word was code for doomsday. Others, more plausibly, suspected it was a typo. But consensus there came none. Even the Merriam Webster dictionary, normally the go-to source for decoding the POTUS’s midnight Twitter ramblings, admitted it was stumped.

Trump, meanwhile, continued to taunt.

Fortunately, staff at London’s Wellcome Collection were on hand to solve the mystery – and their findings were even stranger than any of us dared think…

The demon’s powers may well be unclear. But the President’s capacity to kick start Internet memes is not in doubt.

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