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Top 10 Bizarre Government Publicity Stunts

Governments all around the world have used PR to increase their clout. While most of the techniques they use are pretty straightforward, some have ventured far from the norm. We look at some bizarre publicity stunts which leaders have pulled.

10

The Production of ‘Mongol’

 
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Kazakhstan had slipped the world’s attention before a certain Borat Sagdiyev gave the world an insider’s scoop of his country. Needless to say, this infused a sense of patriotism in the Kazakhs who used the same medium, albeit far more conventionally to produce ‘Mongol’, an Oscar nominated movie which depicts the life of Genghis Khan. By adopting Khan as their own, Kazakh’s created a hero with whom they could counter the liabilities that Borat had heaped on their country. The only problem was that more people watched Sacha Baron Cohen’s movie than ‘Mongol’. A lot more.

9

The Taepodong Issue

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Madeline Albright was witness to a publicity stunt of gigantic proportions when she visited Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang. Kim emerged with her at a stadium spectacle where tens of thousands of placard flipping North Koreans converged to depict the testing of the Taepodong missile. He is rumored to have quipped to the then Secretary of State that the performance was a goodwill gesture with the aim of assuring America that the 1998 test would be the last ever. For all the effort of those who made the event possible, that promise was never kept and the reclusive leader returned to his old ways.


8

Boigany’s City

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Not satisfied with the existing capital of Abidjan, Felix Boigany shifted the seat of government of the Ivory Coast to Yamoussoukro. He built the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace at a whopping cost of 300 million dollars in an effort to immortalize himself. To that end, Felix ordered a stained glass window of his image to be placed beside a gallery of stained glass depicting Jesus and the apostles. However, his people were hardly impressed as the country’s foreign debt doubled with this expenditure. 

7

Evita Peron’s República de los Niños

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When Evita Peron died of cancer at the tender age of 33, her legacy was assured in the annals of the Argentinean folklore. Her titles included Vice President of Argentina, First Lady, Spiritual leader of the Nation of Argentina, and the founder of the Children’s Republic. Children’s Republic? The República de los Niños was a miniature city where all the buildings were scaled down to the size of a ten year old child. It included a Parliament, Palace of Justice, Government House and buildings for the forces of the army in children’s sizes so that young citizens could witness a ‘real republic.’ It was a well intentioned project but it seems she forgot that ten year old kids are more inclined to show interest in football rather than the intricacies of political life.


6

Bahrain embraces Michael Jackson

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Having been acquitted of child molestation charges in 2005, Michael Jackson wanted a break. So, what did he do? He simply hopped on a plane and went to the Kingdom of Bahrain. He was received by Abdullah Hamad Al Khalifa, the crown prince who lavished him with thousands of dollars and attention, even going so far as calling the pop star ‘his brother’. However, two months later, Jackson being Jackson decided that his Middle East sojourn should come to an end. A couple of years later, the Prince sued him for seven million dollars and the ‘close personal relationship’ that he enjoyed with MJ was in the open.

5

Beijing’s Spitting Clampdown

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In an effort to raise the ‘cultural and ethical standards’ of Beijing before the 2008 Olympics, authorities went on a drive to root out spitting in public areas. The Beijing Capital Ethics Development Office declared spitting as the city’s number one bad habit and proceeded to impose fines on those who disregarded the law. Hundreds of uniformed “mucus monitors” were installed to patrol the streets and hand out free spitting bags to those who could not control themselves. Chinese authorities left no stone unturned in promoting their idea of the perfect Olympics, assuring prospective foreign visitors of a phlegm free games. It’s amazing what communist countries can achieve, isn’t it?


4

Enver Hoxha’s bunkers

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If his close relationship with Joseph Stalin was not bizarre enough, Enver Hoxha built 750,000 to 1 million bunkers to convince his fellow Albanians that the country could defend itself from foreign invasions. For a small country with a population of about one million people, these pill boxes, constructed at ‘strategic areas’ served as a psychological bulwark against the seemingly ubiquitous enemies. When Communism was toppled and the world got more access to this Eastern European nation, it became clear that Albania was not the developed nation that its leader had claimed it to be. As for the pill boxes, it was determined that it took the same amount of money to build two of them as it would take to construct a two-bedroom apartment. Now, that’s how you keep people in the dark. 

3

Chess City in Kalmykia

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Kalmykia is a remote Republic in the South West of the Russian federation. It would have gone unnoticed were it not for its enterprising president, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov whose love for chess and acute public relations expertise has transformed the republic into an eerie example of post Soviet anachronism. Ilyumzhinov being the president of World Chess Federation took up the task of promoting chess by building a city dedicated to the sport. With a California style housing development project rising from the parched brown steppes of the capital city of Elista and a large dome like monument where chess masters practice their trade, the President has more than fulfilled his duties to the Chess governing body. However, there is one small problem. Three hundred thousand Kalmykians live in poverty and the source of funding for the construction of the Chess city is… not divulged.


2

Idi Amin assumes his titles

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Idi Amin Dada was a character beyond comparison. His size and manners made him a cartoonist’s dream and he went out of his way to provide enough material all throughout his reign. His long train of actions including the expulsion of Asians and the nationalization of 85 British-owned companies proved to be unacceptable to the former colonizers who broke off diplomatic relationships with the eccentric General. Losing had never occurred to the Amin and he promptly conferred on himself the title of “His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshall Al Hadji Doctor, Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, CBE, MC”. He might have been the Conqueror the British Empire in his own mind, but MC? Some thought it meant ‘Mental Case’. 

1

Tina Turner turns White

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Courtesy of the South African government, Tina Turner became a white person for a brief period. Well, almost. When the apartheid government of South Africa realized the importance of Black musicians playing for Black audiences, they roped in a host of African American musicians including Clarence Carter, Curtis Mayfield, Millie Jackson and Tina Turner to perform at open air stadiums. They thought it would reiterate their position on racial segregation and proclaimed the artists as Honorary Whites which gave them access to hotels, restaurants and other facilities otherwise prohibited to ordinary Blacks. Subsequent events proved that this publicity stunt was simply an attempt to appease Black folk, but it will always be remembered for the lengths to which politicians will stoop to retain power.

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  • Jonny

    nice list

  • dbrownl

    meh uninterseting

  • max

    ting

  • ants1

    Im sure this list could be more then 10 items long easily

  • Xian

    Nice!!! How about Obama eating in hotdog stand??

  • apepper

    I agree with ants1; this list could be *way* longer than 10 items!

  • sonicsuicide

    I’m a South African Government Employee…

    No idea why I felt I had to tell you that…

  • ants1

    @sonicsuicide (7):

    Thats ok, we have all seen district 9, we know what hard life it is living with all those aliens.

  • galactus

    i knew there had to be some discussion bout district 9…

  • ants1

    @galactus (9):

    Quiet planet Eater ;)

  • sonicsuicide

    Ants and galactus: LOLZ!

    My friends you have no idea…

  • Geronimo

    Evita also held the title of the fist lady???? lol….

  • Becca

    Wow, I haven’t heard of ANY of this. I really do stay in the dark when it comes to politiciansXD
    The Mongol movie looks interesting, though…

  • dr. Hannibal Lecter

    What’s fascinating is that Borat (the movie) was/is complete junk when compared to Ali G Show. All the funny scenes were copied from the show, while all the disgusting scenes were filmed for the movie itself. I never understood why, they are ridiculously unfunny.

    I don’t understand why Mongol isn’t popular, it’s a fantastic movie, and not just because they don’t speak english. Actors, camera, music..all excellent.

  • dr

    meh

  • Ms Scarlett

    Interesting list, not sure chess is a sport though!

  • knox

    ill reread this after ive slept
    but as of this moment i found the list completely boring

  • dr. Hannibal Lecter

    @Ms Scarlett:

    “Chess today is a recognized sport of the International Olympic Committee.” – Wikipedia

    Some say it’s a game, but I’d say that every sport is a game, isn’t it? Unless we consider football “serious work”. Right..probably not.

  • Garash

    Saw a documentary about the south african situation,
    what i found funny about it was that some people missed the apartheid government.

    In this case the reporter/film guy got mad with a poor black guy.
    The reporter/film guy said that they abused and discriminated him.
    Upon which he answered, well at least i had a job.

  • saber25

    @dr Hannibal Lecter (18):
    Chess is a sport but sports are classified into three groups; one is the physical sport(e.g. running, swimming, etc.), and the other is the mental sport(e.g. chess, poker, etc.) and the strategy which you use both physical and mental.(e.g. baseball, car racing, shooting). That means Ms Scarlett(16) chess IS a sport.

  • Rob

    Sport vs. Game: Offense/defense-Chess can certainly be defensive; therefore it is a sport.

  • Shype

    No5: what good would the two-room flats do when they had nothing to eat for nucking 50 years?? albanians were fed on loaf of bread and 100grams of meat per family (min 5 members) per week!!
    anyway, hi everyone i’m new around.
    nice list!

  • Shype

    it should have been nr 4 not 5 (Enver Hoxha) – sowy!

  • Polymath

    @sonicsuicide (7):

    Now you could start a list…….

  • oouchan

    I only knew of 2 of these. Had no idea of the mini city that Eva did though. That was kind of neat. The spitting thing is funny…but I agree with it.
    Cool list, Dash.

  • FelixMG

    Excellent list.. didn’t know about 80% of these. Good work!

    Though i highly doubt Evita Perron’s status as Fist Lady, that title would work wonders in an amateur porno flick.

  • jf

    fist lady?
    interesting position

  • timmar68

    I wish they’d do something about spitting here! My kids like to go outside barefoot and they risk stepping in spit. I stepped on spit once and about threw up. Even if you don’t factor in people walking around barefoot it’s extremely disgusting and there’s no reason people have to do it.

  • robfl

    no. 1 is by far the most weird.

  • astraya

    North Korea is also the only country in the world to elect a dead person as president. Kim Il Sung is “eternal president”. Incidentally, Kim Jong Il isn’t any sort of president. There is a (living, non-eternal) president and a premier. KJI’s highest title, and source of power, is chairman of the national defence commission ie commander of the armed forces.

  • FelixMG

    With all due respect, people should be spitting as much as they should be walking barefoot in an urban environment, which is to say as little as possible. Spit is not the worst thing found on the ground these days.

  • Kibey

    “Tina Turner turns White”
    What? I always thought she was white.
    ????

  • Me

    Shame more people haven’t seen Mongol. Absolutely fantastic film.

  • JUNQUEMAN

    I’d think cash for clunkers would be on there. 3 billion to save 350 million. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense.

  • j reb

    Junqueman, check out Snopes.com, they already debunked that myth.

  • SallySweet

    Nice list. It seems like pretty much anything a goverment does is a publicity stunt nowadays.

    JUNQUEMAN, I suggest you stop believing every email forward you get. According to Snopes, CfC should save about $735 million a year, so the actual price of the program should be offset in about 4 years. http://www.snopes.com/politics/gasoline/clunkers.asp

  • Deadrock

    If the other entries are like the one on the basilica in Côte d’Ivoire, you need to do more research before posting. For starters, the name is Boigny – Felix Houphouët-Boigny. Boigny means “ram” in the Baoulé language, his heart language. It’s rather simple to write it correctly; not doing so makes everything else suspect. There is a lot more to this incident than a man trying to make himself immortal

  • Samzilla

    What about George W.’s “Misson Accomplished” aircraft carrier stunt? And the revolting crotch bunching? Bleh.

  • ringtailroxy

    did anyone else notice that this list says that Evita Peron was many things in her short life, including Fist Lady? very amusing typo…

    rtr

  • archangel

    Bwahahahahahahahaha… sheesh, some politicians are crazy. I shall hereby hence be titled Emperor Maximimus, Wisdom of the People, Light of the Shining Liberty, His Excellency the Royal King, President for Eternity, General of the Highest Order, MC of all Clubs… =]… Idi Amin you are one hell of a megalomaniac!

  • Robbo123456789

    Idi Amin Dada ruled Uganda

  • Pyderz

    Couldnt really be bothered to read it, but still well done.

  • nuriko

    coolness!

  • undaunted warrior

    @ Garash(19) how right you are,I know I live here, there are thousands and thousands of them that would say the same thing today.

    Cool list by the way – Thanks.

  • GTT

    @dr. Hannibal Lecter (18): Yes, every sport might be a game but that does not necessarily mean that every game is a sport. Would you consider Pictionary a sport? Right..probably not.

    @oouchan (25): I would love to see laws like that passed in my country… Scratch that, I would love to see laws that prohibit PEEING in the street enforced. It´s disgusting and more common here than anyone can imagine.

  • Maggot

    @Pyderz (42): Couldnt really be bothered to read it, but still well done.

    How would you know?

  • Honduran :)

    Jfrater:
    Article # 7 is spelled
    7. Evita Peron’s República de los Niños

  • Mtatazela

    This whole black and white thing is so boring…..
    luckily the Fist Lady made my day !

  • Vera Lynn

    RTR (39) You’re the fifth one or so to comment. You don’t read others comments anymore? Im surprised. ;)

  • Maggot

    @GTT (45): Yes, every sport might be a game but that does not necessarily mean that every game is a sport. Would you consider Pictionary a sport? Right..probably not.

    Not that they are the be-all-to-end-all, but the IOC at least has established some standards as to what constitutes being considered as a recognized sport in their eyes:

    http://www.olympic.org/uk/sports/recognized/index_uk.asp

  • General-Jake

    Number 45 GTT where in the hell do you live thats got so much public pissin goin on?

  • General-Jake

    Lolololo spit patrol? What do the commies do if someone refuses to stop public spitting? Call out the Spit Swat Team?

  • GTT

    @Maggot (50):

    Thanks for that list! That said, they recognize TUG OF WAR as a sport so I´m not sure that means much…. ;)

  • Maggot

    @GTT (53): Since Pictionary doesn’t have an Int’l Sports Federation (that I know of), it looks like we won’t be seeing it as a recognized Olympic sport any time soon. Which is kind of a bummer, because I just know I could SO bring home the gold in that. My country would be so proud.

  • betterthantheoriginalwally

    Off topic but..

    If my grandfather can beat me it is a game. If he and his brittle bones have no chance – it is a sport.

  • George

    “Mongol” is brilliant…

  • Gauldar

    @FelixMG (31):

    It’s quite common for people to spit in public in China, in Eastern Medicine it’s beleived that phlem is a river which has the purpose to remove impurities from the body, so if you’ve ever been there it’s quite common to see an old lady walking down the street hocking a loogie.

  • Gauldar

    Oops, I missed the “g” in phlegm.

  • GTT

    @Gauldar (57):

    Ohhh, maybe YOU can answer this one… I work as a buyer (clothes) so I travel to China quite frequently to meet with vendors. Every time I´m there, I am (unfortunately) treated to a very common occurrance: burping with your meal. The first few times made me throw up in my mouth a little but now I find I can control myself and only gag slightly. Now, my question to you is this:

    WHY?

    Do they just not care or is it some “healthy” practice advocated by Eastern Medicine?

  • GTT

    @Maggot (54):

    Well, I´m guessing you´re not from Peru so maybe we can start the International Pictionary-is-a-sport-Dammit Federation… Do two countries qualify as “International” enough? I CALL PRESIDENT!

  • Hank

    people should spit when they want. not on people or objects but it is the ground for fuck’s sake. there is a reason we don’t eat off of it.

    and why are black people always called black folk? i understand the origin and habit of the phrase but it is almost a trend or a term of endearment. it is not 1930. just say black people . . . again for fuck’s sake. and i don’t mean necessarily in the context of this list but in all applications. if every time i referred to people from china followed by peasants it would feel the same.

  • Skrillah

    Well dissapointing… I was hoping that the Number 1 Top 10 Bizarre Government Publicity Stunt was the ” Obamafication” of USA. i mean come on what can possibly beat that? Seriously?

  • redcaboose

    Interesting list, Dash. Some of the films that the US has made over the years are laughable. Everyone knows about reefer madness. Then they paid for Green Berets, a John Wayne movie to puff up support for the lost cause called the Vietnam (undeclared) war. I remember a film the showed us in the service on how to go on leave and not bring back the crabs, or worse.

  • Maggot

    @Gauldar (58): Oops, I missed the “g” in phlegm.

    It’s ok. It’s not like that “g” does a whole heck of a lot in there. The other letters totally do all the heavy lifting. If I were one of those other letters, I’d be more than a little pissed off about that useless slacker g. If you ask me, that g can’t carry those other letters’ jock-straps.

  • undaunted warrior

    @Hank(61) – I feel that you are an angry man, you say black folk are always called black, since 1930, but that depends from which country you come from.

    In my country which is a Democratic Goverment – you still have the mixed, black, asian, white – indian and many more
    all liveing together – it takes time but you get used to it.

  • Maggot

    @GTT (60): maybe we can start the International Pictionary-is-a-sport-Dammit Federation

    Damn, according to the IOC rules for recognizing IFs, it looks like I am going to have to curtail my PED (Pictionary Enhancing Drug) habit.

    I CALL PRESIDENT!

    Um, forget what I just said. I deny everything.

  • Tsiamon

    Garash-

    I’m currently studying in southern africa, and it’s true; many people actually think that things were better under the Aparthied government. Here is why:

    Even though the Afrikaaners in power were enforced racist policies, they knew how to run a government. When Aparthied ended and blacks (It’s totally PC to call people by color here) gained the ability to vote, they voted in to power a lot of idealists and leaders where were good at motivating the people but honestly knew jack about running the government- particularly because they were specifically given very limited and poor educations under the white government.

    In a nutshell: People think it was better in Aparthied because, as racist as the government was, it knew how government/economy was supposed to work.

  • dj_eMpTy

    “Fist Lady”.
    HAHAHAHAHAHA

  • Lifeschool

    Gov’t publicity stunts – damn! – DON’T GET ME STARTED! How about… no, I really mustn’t.

    @GTT (59): Burping… appearantly, a good burp after a meal is a sign of respect for the provider (or the meal) and is a good sign. NOT burping after a meal in China is seen as an insult – as though the food didn’t deserve even the wind from your guts. Sheesh.

    @Maggot (64): That was so funny I read it twice! g.

  • Lowdog

    @ rob(21)
    wtf since when has sport been defined as an activity with defensive and offensive parts. e.g. archery is a sport but its not offensive or defensive. i dont understand your concept of sport :S

  • Lifeschool

    @GTT (59): I just had to look into the burping thing further; here’s what I found on the first page of a google search – a top 10 would be great if we haven’t had one already… hint?

    “Manners and Etiquette in the Far East
    When traveling to China, Taiwan and other parts of the Far East, be sure to observe a certain after-dinner custom. It is appropriate and even considered a compliment to belch after a meal to indicate that it was wonderful and filling. But wait, do not clean your plate! Your host would certainly consider him or herself to be quite rude if they did not maintain a healthy portion of food on your dish. Eating all of your food would continue to put your host in an awkward position– and it might turn into an awkward position for you when you are not able to get up from the table.

    Also, for those doing business in Japan, a business card is seen as an extension of the person. When receiving a business card from someone do not deface the card by writing on it, folding it in half, or shoving it in your pocket. Give and receive cards with both hands and examine the card to show respect.” (http://manners.quickanddirtytips.com/international-manners.aspx)

    Now! back to those political mo fo’s.

  • dre

    Evita…FIST LADY FTW!!!

  • GTT

    @Lifeschool (71):

    Yes, I knew that was the custom in some places but I doubted because of the way they burp. It´s not like they sit back and burp in contentment, a satisfied, dreamy smile on their lips… They will be eating and talking to you, burp and continue eating. That´s why I thought there might be some medicinal reason (like the whole spit thing mentioned above).

  • granadog

    In the last entry, why is the word black (or blacks) always capitalized, but white (or whites) is not?

  • hoshie

    What about the president of Turkmenistan? Just about everything that guy has done has been a bizarre publicity stunt. He is a nut job!

  • granadog

    @Skrillah (62): I wasn’t even thinking about it, but that would have been a great one. Totally agree with you on that.

  • Marin

    I live in Argentina and I’ve been to the Republica de los Niños… It’s actually quite fun, though I don’t recall being interested in the mini parliament and that kind of stuff, as a kid it was really cool to be in a city built for your height.

    I’m so excited to feel this close to a list…

  • Iakhovas

    @GTT (59): Hearing someone burp actually makes you physically vomit?? In your case, I suggest never having children then.

  • hammit

    Seriously? The whole burping thing is…weird, considering the fact that all of the China Chinese I know don’t agree to that fact. They never even heard of this “rule”.

  • zuh.

    @SallySweet (36):

    yeah, too bad ‘cash for clunkers’ ended as soon as they started it.

  • 14gotmyMANTRA

    Britain embraces Micheal Jackson…. I thought you ment literally. 8/

  • astraya

    Just as well as Michael Jackson didn’t visit King Hussein, otherwise we’d have the title “Jordan embraces Michael Jackson”! (Please think about it. It’s not immediately obvious.)

  • forkinggeenyus

    The spitting clampdown isn’t a bad idea at all – it’s a filthy habit to begin with, and when you think how many germs are spread by people doing it…ugh. Unfortunately, giving the spitter a dirty look never seems to be as effective as the “mucus monitors”.

    http://www.forkinggeenyus.wordpress.com

  • warlock6

    “Mongol” is nothing fro me. I’m attracked to horrors and thrillers. It can be easily seen at my blogs!

    Nice list!

  • gosh..

  • B

    Regarding Korea…
    In The Netherlands they had a funny commercial:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGjIN8Pxxeg&feature=related

  • erickarthik

    Nice list. Could have been a lot better.

    One eg: “India Shinning” ad-campaign, launched by the BJP(Bharatiya Janata Party) during India’s national election (year-2004) . It turned out to be a huge failure and the INC( Indian National Congress) came to power.

    The BJP govt spent public money close to Rs.500 Crores [ Roughly $100 million USD ] for that ad-campaign

  • Mosca

    I went to the República de los Niños this last weekend and my kids had a great time.

  • anonymox

    Mongol was an awesome movie

    Also, i have another one for the list: A while back, China (I think) made a video of a supposed spacewalk that was later found to have happened in a pool. I think this happened, but maybe I’m just going crazy. Please correct me if I am wrong about this.

  • tiamy

    The Tasaday controversy in the Philippines should have been here.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tasaday_controversy

  • Stacy Braswell

    This list was fail. I could have had potential but it was hard to follow. I dont think the writer took into consideration that most of us dont know these people. It might have worked better if he set each one up a little more.

  • saber25

    Thanks tiamy for the link. You should have added this too:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charter_Change
    JFrater this was what I was talking about from my first comment here.

  • bengalboy

    I’m a pretty simple person and had no trouble ‘following’ the list. Perhaps this may encourage those who couldn’t, to do some research and use their own noodle

  • nipper

    Item number 1 was similar to the all blacks rugby tour of south africa debacle to allow the maori players to play as “Honourary Whites”
    Pretty interesting list

  • Simon

    I think the 2500th year celebration of the Persian Empire at Perspolis should have got a mention.

  • @’rund’all,buc’slimy’slim…dear gay brethren, you two jerks remind me of thomson & thompson;laurel- hardy et al. Yourselves and your comments… Least offensive and most hilarious!wotta laugh! Mebbe you two should stop gulping down soups of each other’s penises and getting on a testosteronal high…ha ha ha! ‘Rund’-all!

  • gabi319

    @buclism (96):
    Really? You run off here to complain about them?

  • Kamaralzaman

    There is a small noteworthy doubt about the Kazaks and Borat. Acctually the prototype for Borat was a moldovian which is somewhat more logical both taking the looks of Sacha Baron Cohen in consideration (etnical Kazaks look rather Asian) and also the fact that Borat plays so much on antisemitism for his act.
    I was told this theory by a girl from Kazakstan, which she claimed a lot of Kazaks do belive in. Apparently Kazakstan has some 10% of worlds resources in oil in addition a lot of other natural resources. It is landlocked between Russia and China and forced to sell its oil for a very low revenue still it is a very expanding economy due to the oil and gas. But was still widely unknown in the world before Borat. Tourism and investments go hand in hand. According to her the president of Kazakstan payed Cohen to turn his character into a Kazaki in order for him to promote Kazakstan to the outside world. You might remember that Nazarbayev made a huge campaign in US and UK after the release of the Borat-movie trying to promote a correct view of his country. There was also a video which can be found on youtube were he gives a speech about this.
    If this theory is true (I doubt it because of its conspiratorial aire) it is quite a remarkable pr-stunt and might shed a different light on the movie “Mongol”.

  • katerinaelaena

    “patrol the streets and hand out free spitting bags to those who could not control themselves” – haha! walk,walk,walk *spit*, OOPS! “okay okay, not again” walk,walk, *spit* OOPS! “damn i don’t want a baggie!!”

    Idi Amin – wow. Now THAT’S called “bling”.

    “His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshall Al Hadji Doctor, Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, CBE, MC” – the endinf to that is like a recitation of the alphabet!

    i want a name like that! “Katerina SC DR CA RTS OKW NAP SEGU AZ LAO”

    awesome!

  • bobnickmad

    Nr.5 is a good idea.

  • moldovia

    I was in Beijing and Shenzhen, China, in 2004 and have to say that spitting in the street and even on planes is way out of control there. Foul dirty habit.

  • BreK

    Name

  • superimperial

    i thought i was the only one whos seen mongol

  • Victor

    Very nice and detailed list, but Eva Peron never was Vice President of the nation. She was the first lady and aspired to be Vice President one day but died before that never happened (i live in Argentina).

  • pakeloDalge

    Name