Check out this week's buzziest, funniest and craziest quotes from around the world.
|'It's Something That I Believe In.'|
Some say that campaign ads are getting just ridiculous. But now it's taken a turn to the truly bizarre. An Indiana man has auctioned off space on the side of his head, where he tattooed Mitt Romney's presidential campaign "R" logo in a 5-by-2-inch spot for a bid of $15,000.
Eric Hartsburg posted the eBay listing in August, and told ABC News that he was paid $15,000 by a Republican eBay user, who preferred to remain anonymous, to get the Romney logo permanently inked on the side of his head.
Hartsburg, who is an Indiana native, told ABC News that he agreed because the tattoo was something that he could live with.
"I am a registered Republican and a Romney supporter," Hartsburg said. "I didn't mind getting this tattoo because it is something that I could live with and it's something that I believe in."
|'This All Dates Back to When We Were Growing up Together in Kenya."|
President Obama's 48-hour non-stop campaign "extravaganza" took a detour from the battleground states Wednesday for a visit to Los Angeles and the "Tonight Show," where Obama poked fun at his first debate performance and Donald Trump, and hinted that he's rooting for the Detroit Tigers in baseball's World Series.
Hours after Trump unveiled a dud of a potential "bombshell" against Obama -- a call on the president to release his college records in exchange for a $5 million donation to charity -- Leno asked the president why the media mogul and reality TV star seems to have it in for the president.
"You know, this all dates back to when we were growing up together in Kenya," Obama joked, alluding to Trump's repeated claims that there is no evidence the president was born in the United States. "We had constant run-ins on the soccer field, and he wasn't very good at it. When we finally moved to America, I thought it would be over."
|'This Is Not Just Going to Be a Coastal Event.'|
Hurricane Sandy is expected to affect between 50 million and 60 million people, emergency management and weather officials warned.
The storm will affect the eastern third of the country -- not just the coast -- and include inland flooding around Maryland and Pennsylvania and up to two feet of snow in West Virginia, said Louis Uccellini, director of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction.
"This is not just going to be a coastal event," said Rick Knabb, director of the National Hurricane Center. "Virginia northward should prepare for weather to go downhill over the weekend."
|'Every Inch an iPad'|
With rumors circulating for months and techies across the world waiting with baited breath, Apple finally announced the arrival of its iPad Mini Tuesday at the California Theatre in San Jose, Calif.
The smaller version of the iPad can be held in one hand, is as thin as a pencil -- 7.2 millimeters (about one-quarter inch) -- and features an entirely new design. It also weighs 0.68 pounds, 53 percent lighter than the third-generation iPad.
Light as a pad of paper, the iPad Mini will come in black and white and has a 7.9-inch multi-touch screen. Apple's more than 250,000 iPad-designed apps can be used on the Mini.
Phillip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said the Mini was "every inch an iPad."
|'So Why Are You Continually Using a Word Like the R-Word as an Insult?'|
A Special Olympics athlete with Down Syndrome has written an open letter to conservative columnist Ann Coulter, scolding her for using the word "retard" while criticizing President Obama.
The letter by John Franklin Stephens has quickly gained enormous support on the Internet, but so far Coulter has not responded.
Stephens decided to write the letter Tuesday after Coulter sent a Twitter message during the presidential debates Monday saying she approved of "(Mitt) Romney's decision to be kind and gentle to the retard," referring to Obama.
Coulter also used the word in a Tweet where she said that if Obama is "'the smartest guy in the room' it must be one retarded room."
Stephens, who gives speeches and talks for Special Olympics as a "global messenger," wrote an open letter criticizing Coulter for her choice of words and describing the struggles that people with mental handicaps face.
"Come on Ms. Coulter," he wrote. "You aren't dumb and you aren't shallow. So why are you continually using a word like the R-word as an insult?"
|'It Will Always Be There Haunting You. We Both Know That.'|
The first of a dozen defendants charged in the hazing death of Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion got off easy with the judge Monday, but not with Champion's mother.
Champion, 26, was a member of the college's famed "Marching 100" band when he collapsed and died Nov. 19 on a bus parked outside an Orlando hotel after a football game.
Champion's parents sat steely-eyed and stared straight ahead as the judge explained his reasoning for sentencing Brian Jones, 24, to two years of probation and 200 hours of community service.
Moments earlier, the judge made an exception and allowed Champion's mother Pamela Champion to directly and sternly address Jones.
"The judge had stated that your part in Robert's death was really minimal, but you and I know that's not true," she said. "It will always be there haunting you. We both know that."
|'This Was Clearly a Lapse in Judgment.'|
Justin Timberlake has apologized for a gag video featuring homeless people congratulating him and his new wife, Jessica Biel, on their wedding.
In a letter posted on his website, Timberlake said the "silly, unsavory" and "distasteful" video was "made as a joke and not in any way in mockery.
"I had no knowledge of its existence. I had absolutely ZERO contribution to it," he wrote. "My friends are good people. This was clearly a lapse in judgment which I'm sure no one who is reading this is exempt from. But, I don't believe it was made to be insensitive."
Timberlake also denied that the video was played at his Puglia, Italy, wedding last week