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Have You Noticed The Amazing Little Thing At The Start Of Each "Last Week Tonight"?

The caption that lasts half a second.

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I don't know if you've ever realised that the titles of John Oliver's show Last Week Tonight change each week, with a little nod to that week's news.

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You can see it for yourself in the opening twenty seconds of his show here:

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A couple of seconds, and then it is gone.

Here's a few recent ones of note...

1. February 15, 2016: "Hostus Maximus."

Why? Jon Stewart had announced that week that he was standing down as the host of The Daily Show.
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Why? Jon Stewart had announced that week that he was standing down as the host of The Daily Show.

2. November 13, 2016: "Metaphorus Apta."

Why? Two eagles got trapped in a drainpipe, not long after the US election. People seemed to think it reflected something.
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Why? Two eagles got trapped in a drainpipe, not long after the US election. People seemed to think it reflected something.

3. April 2, 2017: "Bustus."

Why? Because of the absolute ridiculous statue of him in Portugal.
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Why? Because of the absolute ridiculous statue of him in Portugal.

4. March 22, 2015: "Durstus Worstus"

Why? The arrest of Robert Durst not long before the final episode of The Jinx.
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Why? The arrest of Robert Durst not long before the final episode of The Jinx.

5. March 13, 2016: "Lateus For Brunchus."

Why? It was the weekend the clocks went forwards in the US.
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Why? It was the weekend the clocks went forwards in the US.

6. October 16, 2016: "Hotus Pocketus."

Why? Samsung had just asked all customers to stop using and return their Samsung Galaxy Note 7.
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Why? Samsung had just asked all customers to stop using and return their Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

7. February 22, 2016: "Circum Jerkum."

Why? It was the same day as the Oscars (not the La La Land mixup one).
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Why? It was the same day as the Oscars (not the La La Land mixup one).

8. March 5, 2017: "Sic Transit Lalaland."

Why? Ah, there we go. The Oscars screw-up to end all Oscar screw-ups.
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Why? Ah, there we go. The Oscars screw-up to end all Oscar screw-ups.

9. October 9, 2016: "Armageddon."

Why? The second bleak debate during the Presidential Election.
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Why? The second bleak debate during the Presidential Election.

10. June 12, 2016: "Solidaritus."

Why? The shooting at a gay nightclub in Florida, which left 50 people dead.
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Why? The shooting at a gay nightclub in Florida, which left 50 people dead.

11. June 26, 2016: "Hastus La Vistus."

Why? Britain voting to leave the European Union, not long after an episode where Oliver asked British viewers to vote for it to remain.
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Why? Britain voting to leave the European Union, not long after an episode where Oliver asked British viewers to vote for it to remain.

12. May 22, 2016: "Ringus Rex."

Why? The passing of Muhammad Ali.
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Why? The passing of Muhammad Ali.

13. March 6, 2016: "Faceus Regretus."

Why? The face Chris Christie pulled behind Donald Trump when he endorsed him to be President.
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Why? The face Chris Christie pulled behind Donald Trump when he endorsed him to be President.

14. February 21, 2016: "Atticus! Atticus!"

Why? The passing of Harper Lee, two days earlier.
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Why? The passing of Harper Lee, two days earlier.

15. March 1, 2015: "Viva E Prospero."

Why? Leonard Nemoy had passed away the previous week.
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Why? Leonard Nemoy had passed away the previous week.

16. April 24, 2016: "Dovus Cryum."

Why? Prince died three days before the episode was broadcast.
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Why? Prince died three days before the episode was broadcast.

17. April 3, 2016: "Signum Sayus 'Applesaucus'"

Why? A tribute to Garry Shandling, who passed away whilst the show was off for a week.
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Why? A tribute to Garry Shandling, who passed away whilst the show was off for a week.

18. April 10, 2016: "Requiescat In Pace"

Why? The station was due to close three days later.
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Why? The station was due to close three days later.

19. August 21, 2016: "C Maximus."

Why? Larry Wilmore's The Nightly Show had just been cancelled.
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Why? Larry Wilmore's The Nightly Show had just been cancelled.

20. July 31, 2016: "Balloonus Amourus."

Why? The balloons at the Democratic National Convention.
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Why? The balloons at the Democratic National Convention.

21. September 25, 2016: "Changeus Passwordum."

Why? News broke that 500 million Yahoo accounts had been hacked.
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Why? News broke that 500 million Yahoo accounts had been hacked.

22. July 19, 2015: "Sayus Cheesum!"

Why? The photo taken by New Horizons of Pluto, which sparked sad memes.
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Why? The photo taken by New Horizons of Pluto, which sparked sad memes.

23. And February 12, 2017: "Callingit Earlyum."

Why? A quick review of 2017 so far. Thanks for that optimism.
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Why? A quick review of 2017 so far. Thanks for that optimism.