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(Washington Post)   Virginia dad claims abandoned African region of Bir Tawil, establishes absolute monarchy, just to make his 7 year old daughter an actual Princess   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 161
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2014-07-12 10:38:47 PM  
The article makes me want to vomit.
 
2014-07-12 10:47:59 PM  
White people stahp
 
2014-07-13 12:17:44 AM  

Bucky Katt: The article makes me want to vomit.


I agree.

I looked him up - he supposedly ran for Congress... but he never paid the filing fee, apparently.  He pulled out and whined about how the other candidate had better political connections than him instead.

Douchenozzle.
 
2014-07-13 01:09:28 AM  
Neo-colonialism.
 
2014-07-13 01:13:53 AM  
It's not exactly my cup of tea, but I'll give him props for taking a promise to his daughter to a ridiculous end.  i sincerely doubt anyone is going to grant him his kingdom, but what a great story.

You haters just have no imagination.
 
2014-07-13 01:48:07 AM  
Isn't Bir Tawil a part of a strange Egypt-Sudan border dispute where neither country wants to lay claim to Bir Tawil in hopes this increases chances for a legitimate claim on a far more desirable location also in dispute?
 
2014-07-13 01:51:00 AM  
Next on his daughter's wishlist, "Daddy, can I have a castle, dragons, and some slaves. PLLLLEEEEAAAASEEEE"
 
2014-07-13 01:52:37 AM  
Something tells me Africa isn't necessarily the fairy-tale kingdom every little girl dreams of.
 
2014-07-13 01:52:42 AM  
Nothing new. There are a few Americans that publicly claim their succession to the English crown. A few years ago some hillbilly did, and it was proven that she was something like 200 in line.
 
2014-07-13 01:53:02 AM  

Lsherm: It's not exactly my cup of tea, but I'll give him props for taking a promise to his daughter to a ridiculous end.  i sincerely doubt anyone is going to grant him his kingdom, but what a great story. You haters just have no imagination.


Agreed. Now that right there is some effort to make your little girl happy.
 
2014-07-13 01:53:41 AM  
Joshua Abraham Norton did it much grander style.
 
2014-07-13 01:55:12 AM  
Why would anyone want to be a princess of Africa??
 
2014-07-13 01:56:15 AM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Why would anyone want to be a princess of Africa??


Why would anybody want to be your child?
 
2014-07-13 01:57:13 AM  

ongbok: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Why would anyone want to be a princess of Africa??

Why would anybody want to be your child?


Because I have a large action figure collection?
 
2014-07-13 01:57:43 AM  

phoenixdan: Next on his daughter's wishlist, "Daddy, can I have a castle, dragons, and some slaves. PLLLLEEEEAAAASEEEE"


12 years a slave 2: the princess diaries
 
2014-07-13 01:58:24 AM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: ongbok: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Why would anyone want to be a princess of Africa??

Why would anybody want to be your child?

Because I have a large action figure collection?


So that is how you lure the kids in.
 
2014-07-13 01:58:42 AM  
Now I'm wondering how much unclaimed land there is. Can I find some stupid rock sticking up out of the ocean, plant a flag, and make a recognized country? Seems kind of stupid.
 
2014-07-13 01:59:01 AM  
"Daddy can I be a princess?"
"You already are a princess"

That's how I would've handled it, but w/e
 
2014-07-13 01:59:08 AM  

Doktor_Zhivago: White people stahp


THIS.

I get what the guy did is halfway kind of neat in a passing sense. However, he spent more effort and money doing one pointless gesture for the one child, far more than 500 children in that region have to survive on in a whole year (those of them that even survive the year). I would be far more impressed if he had left anyone's life better for the effort he spent.
 
2014-07-13 01:59:30 AM  
"Va. man plants flag, claims African country, calling it 'Kingdom of North Sudan'"

i.imgur.com

It counts.
 
2014-07-13 02:00:05 AM  
Next he can name a new strain of hemorrhagic fever after her!
 
2014-07-13 02:02:24 AM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Why would anyone want to be a princess of Africa??


Cleopatra* worship maybe?

//Cleopatra the 7th was actually never a princess and always a pharaoh/ruler of some sort.
 
2014-07-13 02:02:36 AM  
That kid is going to grow up well adjusted.
 
2014-07-13 02:03:55 AM  
Maybe there is a reason that it us unwanted by two countries?
 
2014-07-13 02:04:25 AM  
Lol awesome, go claim those lands for the US big boy! Make sure to teach your princess how to dig for oil properly! No point claiming land if there's no oil or some precious metals around!
 
2014-07-13 02:04:26 AM  

picturescrazy: Now I'm wondering how much unclaimed land there is. Can I find some stupid rock sticking up out of the ocean, plant a flag, and make a recognized country? Seems kind of stupid.


Or you can find an abandoned British naval defense platform and claim it as a sovereign nation.

/There really needs to be a movie made about the history of that.
 
2014-07-13 02:05:37 AM  
I can't wait till this man gets kidnapped or murdered.
 
2014-07-13 02:06:10 AM  
 
2014-07-13 02:06:18 AM  
The Asinine tag was made for this.
 
2014-07-13 02:07:44 AM  

Lsherm: It's not exactly my cup of tea, but I'll give him props for taking a promise to his daughter to a ridiculous end.  i sincerely doubt anyone is going to grant him his kingdom, but what a great story.

You haters just have no imagination.


gs1.wac.edgecastcdn.net
 
2014-07-13 02:08:20 AM  

ongbok: Nothing new. There are a few Americans that publicly claim their succession to the English crown. A few years ago some hillbilly did, and it was proven that she was something like 200 in line.


It's been done...

cdn.niketalk.com

/highly underrated film IMO...
 
2014-07-13 02:08:27 AM  

picturescrazy: Now I'm wondering how much unclaimed land there is. Can I find some stupid rock sticking up out of the ocean, plant a flag, and make a recognized country? Seems kind of stupid.


Doesn't even have to be real land, Sealand is just a decommissioned WWII fort built on concrete pilings in the North Sea some yahoos took over and no one has cared enough yet to evict em
 
2014-07-13 02:09:35 AM  

ongbok: picturescrazy: Now I'm wondering how much unclaimed land there is. Can I find some stupid rock sticking up out of the ocean, plant a flag, and make a recognized country? Seems kind of stupid.

Or you can find an abandoned British naval defense platform and claim it as a sovereign nation.

/There really needs to be a movie made about the history of that.


Curses foiled again!
 
2014-07-13 02:09:59 AM  

Vangor: Isn't Bir Tawil a part of a strange Egypt-Sudan border dispute where neither country wants to lay claim to Bir Tawil in hopes this increases chances for a legitimate claim on a far more desirable location also in dispute?


Pretty much. Both claims are based on historical orders dating to British administration of the Sudan. Egypt claims the de jure border, a straight line along the 22nd parallel, while Sudan claims the de facto border, based on the British administered the region based on tribal areas. As a result both assert a claim to a much larger area with some population and a possibility of oil and ignore the tiny little unpopulated area.
 
2014-07-13 02:10:10 AM  
That's cute and everything, but it all just screams that the guy is doing it to get attention for his own career.

/that, and there's something a bit unseemly about a white dude claiming African territory for himself in the 21st century
 
2014-07-13 02:10:20 AM  
Let it go.
 
2014-07-13 02:12:07 AM  

Ivan the Tolerable: Doktor_Zhivago: White people stahp

THIS.

I get what the guy did is halfway kind of neat in a passing sense. However, he spent more effort and money doing one pointless gesture for the one child, far more than 500 children in that region have to survive on in a whole year (those of them that even survive the year). I would be far more impressed if he had left anyone's life better for the effort he spent.


But what if he can get the US government  to send a few billion dollars in aid to his country?
Who's laughing now?
 
2014-07-13 02:12:16 AM  
Presumably the national motto is "Fark You, You Farking Africans, Ha Ha."

Also, it is "I cannot stress ENOUGH how kind and generous the Egyptian people are" because if you say you can't stress that at all then you're not really paying them a compliment.

Oh and "converting his 'kingdom' into an agricultural production center as his children, especially Emily, wanted"??  Motherfarker, if you establish a pretend desert kingdom and your kids want its national industry to be something other than moisture farming or spice mining then you have already failed. Agricultural production?! Can someone page Mr Kinison please...
 
2014-07-13 02:12:51 AM  
Christ.  Good for the guy I guess?  I hope he did that after he maxed his 529 plan contributions for the year and shiat like that.

Maybe I'm just playing it too safe, but I try to limit my kid's wish fulfillment to not include activities that involve the possibility of me being abducted or killed in a country that has undergone a revolution and coup in the past couple of years.
 
2014-07-13 02:16:37 AM  
thread jack...

Bathia?

Is sooshplaying tonight?
 
2014-07-13 02:17:46 AM  
Might as well claim the moon.
 
2014-07-13 02:21:08 AM  

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: Oh and "converting his 'kingdom' into an agricultural production center as his children, especially Emily, wanted"?? Motherfarker, if you establish a pretend desert kingdom and your kids want its national industry to be something other than moisture farming or spice mining then you have already failed. Agricultural production?! Can someone page Mr Kinison please...


The Israelis converted large areas of desert land into thriving farmlands.  So it's not farfetched.
 
2014-07-13 02:22:29 AM  

Lsherm: It's not exactly my cup of tea, but I'll give him props for taking a promise to his daughter to a ridiculous end.  i sincerely doubt anyone is going to grant him his kingdom, but what a great story.

You haters just have no imagination.


Well, if you're going to pick a bit of land, he picked about the best possible plot of dirt possible. Egypt and Sudan are actually staking competing claims that center on the Hala'ib Triangle (extreme SE Egypt), which is much larger, borders the sea and actually has people in it. Both nations' claims to Hala'ib use maps that give the far inferior Bir Tawil to the other guy, and if either one tries to contest this guy who's bounding in to give his daughter her own country, they jeopardize their claims to Hala'ib.

So they're probably both perfectly happy handing it over, because they both figure it's not theirs in the first place.
 
2014-07-13 02:23:35 AM  
img1.wikia.nocookie.net

It takes a truly dedicated effort to be more offensively ignorant than Peter Griffin.
 
2014-07-13 02:24:03 AM  

RoyFokker'sGhost: ongbok: Nothing new. There are a few Americans that publicly claim their succession to the English crown. A few years ago some hillbilly did, and it was proven that she was something like 200 in line.

It's been done...

[cdn.niketalk.com image 500x527]

/highly underrated film IMO...


He played the fark out of that harpsichord.
 
2014-07-13 02:24:47 AM  

The Pope of Manwich Village: Let it go.


I agree. There are better things out there to be pissed off about, people. Let's just mark this down as "sweet" and move on.
 
2014-07-13 02:26:42 AM  
As a ruler of a Nation that's currently under attack by US interests I must say this approach is much preferred.

I mean I'm sitting here minding my own business then wham.... I've got people funded by foreign interests attacking me from all sides.

At least this nice gentleman from the US didn't show up with a "rebel" group to overthrow a Nation.
 
2014-07-13 02:29:18 AM  
Dude should have spent that money teaching his daughter to be generous and helping out the needy or giving to some charity.
 
2014-07-13 02:29:26 AM  

Rant_Casey's_Rabies_Buffet: The Pope of Manwich Village: Let it go.

I agree. There are better things out there to be pissed off about, people. Let's just mark this down as "sweet" and move on.


He's also thinking: "hey, it's Africa, the cold never bothered me anyway."
 
2014-07-13 02:30:02 AM  
Oh yeah, this has been done.  My friends and I claimed the tiny space between Canada and America on the Peace Bridge back in 1989.
 
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