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Yoda Appears In Saudi Arabian Text Book Photo--And No One Can Figure Out Why

Yoda Appears In Saudi Arabian Text Book Photo--And No One Can Figure Out Why
Updated 8 months ago

Yoda made a surprise appearance in a Saudi Arabian textbook, and probably confused a lot of high school social studies students. The photo was part of a series in which Abdullah Al Shehri, a 26-year-old Saudi Arabian artist, added pop culture icons to historic photos. Shehri, however, has no idea how it ended up in the book. The artist, who goes by the nickname Shaweesh, came across the black-and-white image of King Faisal signing the United Nations Charter in San Francisco in 1945, and immediately thought of Yoda. 

The artist told the New York Times, "I am the one who designed it, but I am not the one who put it in the book."

Ahmed al-Eissa, the Saudi education minister, tweeted an apology for the mix up:

The tweet roughly translates to:

The Ministry of Education regrets the inadvertent error that appeared in the form of signing the Charter of the United Nations in the course of social and national studies.

(The apology didn't save his job.)

Rachel Maddow tweeted the BBC story:

And Twitter had some fun with it:

The Force is strong with this textbook.