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For those still feeling sad or alienated about the election, this Web site is a must: It's a gallery of photographed apologies--some hilarious, some thoughtful, some poignant--about the election from American voters to the rest of the world. A typical picture features a young bearded man with a cigarette hanging from his lip holding a hand-scrawled sign that reads, "I'M SO SORRY. I did everything I could." In another, an earnest young man holds up a "will work for citizenship" sign. And another snap shows a little girl holding a scribbled note that says, "My mommy and daddy voted 4 Kerry."

According to news reports, the site was started by a neuroscience student named James Zetlen. An unsigned message on the site's home page, presumably written by him, explains its purpose: "Some of us--hopefully most of us--are trying to understand and appreciate the effect our recent election will have on you, the citizens of the rest of the world. As our so-called leaders redouble their efforts to screw you over, please remember that some of us--hopefully most of us--are truly, truly sorry. And we'll say we're sorry, even on the behalf of the ones who aren't."

The site crashed last week after a report on CNN brought a surge of visitors. But it's back up now, with the number of photographs surpassing 2,000 and growing all the time.

In one, a couple--one in formal military dress--offers "sincere apologies from Evanston, IL and Fallujah, Iraq." A woman with a child in one arm stares at the camera while holding a note that reads, "I didn't want this for my son, I didn't want this for you."

Another note mixes pathos with humor: "Dear Rest of the World: There have been some troubles at home recently--as you may have heard. Do you think it would be all right if I crashed at your place for about 4 years?"

The real joy for me, though, came from the photos saying "Apology accepted" from around the world. Ona and Daniel, a Spanish couple, say "Keep trying," as they smile warmly at the camera. A guy from Argentina wishes us all the best next time; his face a mixture of affection and concern. One from Canada adds, "And if you're feeling sad, come visit."

You can add your photographed note to the group (75KB, 640x640 pixels maximum) at

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