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    5 o'clock shadow?

    In the 1960 presidential debate with John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon's excessive perspiration and 5 o'clock shadow became fodder in the media and arguably one of the more memorable moments in debate history.

    What does the bold expression mean, please?
    Also, does "fodder" in this context mean "an issue or a topic to talk about"?

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    Re: 5 o'clock shadow?

    A 5 o'clock shadow is a man's beard at that time of the day, after a morning shave. Nixon's was legendary.

    Fodder does mean "somthing to talk about"

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    Re: 5 o'clock shadow?

    I would qualify the second to say that it is something that feeds the journalists' need for news or information.

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