Donald Trump (74) has Covid. There was always an inevitability about this diagnosis. No mask-wearing. All those rallies. The swaggering assertion that he was the most tested (testing?) man in America.
But then, when it happens, it's still a bit of a shocker. Trump's time in office, surely the most outlandish in White House history, now features another dramatic twist in the mouth of an historic election.
He has tweeted to assure the world that he and Melania, who also has tested positive, are bearing up and will get through this TOGETHER!
He's not the first world leader to have been infected. Boris famously battled it, too (some say he's still not over it). Brazil's president, Jair Bolsonaro, also had it. He'd previously called Covid "a little flu".
And Belarus president, Alexander Lukashenko, who'd advised drinking vodka to counter infection (a slightly more palatable prescription than Trump's bleach ingestion) also tested positive.
Coronavirus is a killer. Over a million people worldwide have lost their lives to it. You wouldn't wish it on anybody and it's to be hoped that Donald, Melania and anyone else they may have smit on their rallying rounds will fully recover.
But with Trump now out of commission as he quarantines, it's not quite clear yet how this will impact on an election due to be held in just a month.
This week he faced off Joe Biden in a television debate moderated (there's a laugh) by Fox News anchor Chris Wallace.
The debate has since been described as a melee, a dumpster fire, a s*** show, shameful, disgraceful, appalling, shocking.
It was all of the above. But also entertaining.
There was name-calling, shouting, sniping, bluster and insult. It was like a marital tiff got badly, badly out of hand. Two men in the twilight of their years clawing lumps out of each other like alley cats.
In terms of "winner", Joe Biden just about edged it. Which means that Trump was the real winner.
Because, if he really is demonstrably the worst US president ever since US presidents began - which Joe Biden maintains he is and many would agree - the Democrat candidate should have been able to take him out at the knees from the word go.
Equally worrying for the Democratic Party is the fact that their man would surely have come off far worse had Trump's consistent guldering not diverted attention from Joe's frequent lapsing into the dithery warble that has many observers, even on his own side, wondering if he's up to the job.
At one point he yelled: "Will you shut up, man?"
Yes, Trump would make a saint swear. But it's still a bit unsettling that the man who would replace him has a similar hair-trigger temper.
If Joe loses the rag so easily in a debate, can we be assured that he won't go off on one should Kim Jong Un threaten nuclear missile attack?
Over and over again, I think to myself ... America, that great nation of over 330 million souls. And Joe Biden is the best they can come up with to run against the ego-maniacal Trump?
For now, Mr Biden's chief concern will, understandably, be getting himself tested for Covid. Both men - Biden is nearly 78 - are in one of the most vulnerable age groups. And the virus is said to be more easily spread by shouting. Trump at the debate was like a spray gun.
This week, the most bizarre election in US history became even more bizarre.
Who could have foreseen such a scenario?
A ballot box on one hand - and a thermometer in the other.
The Royal Mail is marking Black History Month by repainting several postboxes. The one in Belfast salutes comedian Lenny Henry.
I've no problem with Sir Lenny. But mightn't a local hero fit better?
Andy George, of the National Black Police Association, is a man well deserving of honour. Another great man was Olaudah Equiano, a freed slave who, in 1791, visited Belfast, where he was much feted for his memoir, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano. One of the most affecting works I've ever read. My choice of book to mark the month.
Disagreement at Belfast City Hall (now there's a novelty) over the choice of a new car for the Lord Mayor.
They've gone green with an electric Audi - cost £53,150.
It will be leased, though, not bought.
Sinn Fein favoured a lower-cost Hyundai.
Wouldn't an even cheaper - and greener - option be to ask the Lord Mayor to get the bus, like the rest of us? The odd taxi? A bike even?
It's not as if they're short of cycle lanes around City Hall.
Spitting Image, which returns to the telly tonight on Britbox, has apparently lost its nerve over the Ed Sheeran puppet.
Originally, it had carrot leaves coming out of its head. It was felt this might be seen as "gratuitously offensive" to redheads.
As a redhead myself, I'm offended that they think we're so easily offended. And is the new puppet, which now has turnip leaves attached, any less "gratuitously offensive" ... to turnips?