There is so much political theatre around us that something as absurd as former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe pulling an audacious stunt on the eve of his country's elections did not come across as strange.
In a world where the president of the US can threaten war against Iran on Twitter and a gallery of disgraced characters get unadulterated airtime when they pledge support for former president Jacob Zuma at his court appearances, perhaps Mugabe's press conference on Sunday was not that abnormal.
Mugabe's intention was to do two things: portray himself as a victim of President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government and alter the perception of voters, particularly those who still support him.
It is not surprising that Mugabe feels aggrieved - even if the roof of his palatial house on a 44-acre estate in Borrowdale, Harare, was not "sagging", as he claimed.
Mugabe has been the most distinctive figure in Zimbabwe's politics for 37 years, successfully subverting democracy for a large part of his term. He truly believed he would rule Zimbabwe forever.
"Only God, who appointed me, will remove me - not the MDC, not the British. Only God will remove me!" Mugabe said at an election rally in 2008.
As it turned out, it was the Zimbabwe Defence Forces and not divine intervention that brought an end to his rule last year.
Although Mugabe submitted his resignation after a rather polite coup, he is now making it clear he was strong-armed and is claiming that his successor is ill-treating him.
In a tortured two-hour press conference, Mugabe complained about his "tormentors" who he said were using guns to direct politics.
With a soft endorsement of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change candidate Nelson Chamisa, Mugabe delivered the kicker.
"I can't vote for Zanu-PF," he said. "I can't vote for the party or those in power who brought me to this state."