Philippe becomes new Belgian king as Albert II abdicates
21 July 2013 Last updated at 08:41 ET
Abdicates? Why would the king of Belgium abdicate? What possible responsibilities could the king of Belgium have that he no longer felt capable of handling? I mean, Belgium is a modern democracy, right? They have a parliament and a Prime Minister or President or whatever, right? What is it about the ceremonial role of figurehead that was just getting to be too much for the king?
(Probably not the actual King of Belgium)
In his final address before signing a legislative act to step down, 79-year-old King Albert said his country must remain a "source of inspiration" to Europe.
Um "remain?" Remain a source of inspiration? One would think that in order to serve as a source of inspiration to other nations those other nations would have to have noticed that you exist.
I kid, I kid. . .
Actually, Belgium is, as far as I can tell, a hell of a place.
I mean for starters, this is a statue of one of their national heroes:
Yeah, pissing boy! I'm not even being sarcastic, how fucking cool is that?
We owe Belgium a debt of gratitude for quite a few things.
They invented "French" Fries!
My cardiologist thanks you!
They improved chocolate
Perfected the waffle
And turned beer into an art form!
Really, what's not to like about Belgium?