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Osama Bin Laden’s Head Turned Into An Executive Desk Toy

WE want Osama bin Laden’s head as a paperweight (What about a novelty mouse instead? Let’s move with the times – ed). Mark Steyn looks back at how executive toys have altered:

After Kitchener slaughtered the jihadists of the day at the Battle of Omdurman in 1897, he made a point of digging up their leader the Mahdi, chopping off his head and keeping it as a souvenir. The Sudanese got the message. The British had nary a peep out of the joint until they gave it independence six decades later – and, indeed, the locals fought for King and (distant imperial) country as brave British troops during World War Two. Even more amazingly, generations of English schoolchildren were taught about the Mahdi’s skull winding up as Lord Kitchener’s novelty paperweight as an inspiring tale of national greatness.

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Posted: 10th, May 2011 | In: Reviews | Comment (1)