Around the world, mayors are more powerful than ever. But they still have to pose for lots of weird pictures.
There is indeed a growing global movement to give mayors more power, or, if you will, to let them rule the world instead of so many faltering national governments—but forget all that for now. No, today we're here to focus on a decidedly less lofty, more nitty-gritty aspect of what it meant to be a mayor in 2014. Because unlike presidents, the world's mayors regularly walk among the people. They stop and chat. They shake hands and kiss babies. And above all, they pose for far weirder pictures than any other top elected official.
I know, I know, including any image featuring London Mayor Boris Johnson in a list of this sort is practically cheating—he's the Muppet King of Mayors, bouncing around London with his crazy hair and total disregard for whether he appears to be an utter goofball. But back in October, Johnson accidentally tripped a small child during a public appearance at a youth soccer match. And there's a GIF of it. You're welcome.