No. 3 is more funny than outrageous, but it did result in one of the more ridiculous UN press conferences of all time, and that’s a high bar. A bed-bug infestation at the New York headquarters of the UN prompted UN staff and reporters to grill UN spokesman Martin Nesirky about what the UN was doing to prevent the spread of the insects. Nesirky, clearly itching to get off the subject, explained the UN’s use of bed-bug sniffing dogs to sweep buildings and got into an argument with a reporter about a previous infestation at the UN.
“I have to correct you on that,” Nesirky said. “They were not bed bugs; they were clover mites. They don’t bite.”