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Weird Stuff People Send Us: Compromising George H. W. Bush Photo

People send us some weird crap. Sometimes, it's a tip that leads to a muckraking investigation. Other times, it's a misspelled letter written with crayons on a cereal box informing Riptide that we will soon be headed to a fiery grave for our sins.

Then there's this: a mysterious photo that seems to show former president George H. W. Bush in a sauna towel with a dolled-up Asian man (or woman, or both?).

Help us out people. What the hell is going on here?

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The email arrived with nothing but a link to the photo and a cryptic, one-sentence description: "George Herbert Walker Bush and hermaphrodite."

No one answered at the telephone number provided, and we really doubt that this is a hermaphrodite -- not something you can usually tell at first glance.

From what we can tell of the blurry, Polaroid-like photo -- or photo of a photo -- we're guessing our anonymous tipster probably meant "transsexual," not hermaphrodite, anyways.

But we're still left wondering: is this our ex-Prez? Did he take a quick trip to the local Asian massage parlor? Or is this simply an innocent snapshot from a recent business or charity trip overseas?

Let us know what you think is going on in the comments section below the photo. Tips always welcome.

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Michael E. Miller was a staff writer at Miami New Times for five years. His work for New Times won many national awards, including back-to-back-to-back Sigma Delta Chi medallions. He now covers local enterprise for the Washington Post.