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February 9, 2023

Filed under: Journal — Milind Kulkarni @ 9:33 pm

I present to you the greatest first sentence in Wikipedia history: “Joshua Milton Blahyi, also known as General Butt Naked, is a Liberian warlord-turned-preacher.” Followed later by this gem: “Blahyi is now the President of the End Time Train Evangelistic Ministries Inc., with Headquarters in Liberia.”

In fact, just perusing the various articles on Liberia reveals several “stranger than fiction” moments. For example, from the article on Charles Taylor:

After the official end of the civil war in 1996, Taylor became Liberia’s president on August 2, 1997, following a landslide victory in July, in which he took 75 percent of the vote. Taylor’s toughest competitor, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, only collected 10 percent of the vote. The election was judged free and fair by some observers, although Taylor’s victory has been widely attributed to the belief that he would resume the war if he lost. He famously ran on the slogan “He killed my ma, he killed my pa, but I will vote for him.”

And now back to doing actual work.

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