Hot flops—flip-flops that feature foam-rubber heads of McCain and Obama bursting, fungus-like, from their toes—have been all the rage among the media bait in Denver and St. Paul. We’re fairly certain that the existence of the footwear is an omen of impending apocalypse, but oh, well. Here they are anyway.

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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.