Ayatollah
September 24, 2002 12:07 PM   Subscribe

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, revolutionary and founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, would be 100 years old today.
posted by Silune (30 comments total)
 
Thats Imam Ruhullah Musavi Khomeini to you, (infidel).
posted by jeremias at 12:13 PM on September 24, 2002


Somebody has a centennial fetish.
posted by donkeyschlong at 12:15 PM on September 24, 2002


he's dead?
posted by clavdivs at 12:17 PM on September 24, 2002


He's still dead.
posted by MrBaliHai at 12:20 PM on September 24, 2002


Somebody has a centennial fetish.

Heh. I was wondering how long it would take someone to figure that out. Well done.
posted by Silune at 12:21 PM on September 24, 2002


Khomeini was a sick bastard, wasn't he?
posted by mr_crash_davis at 12:30 PM on September 24, 2002


I can't help but be reminded of Chris Jericho:

"I am ... The Ayatolla of Rock 'n Rolla!"
posted by Dark Messiah at 12:42 PM on September 24, 2002


Jeez. I'm always complaining that I don't share my birthday with anyone interesting. I did not know until two minutes ago that I shared it with this man. If only my mother had waited one day, I could have shared it with Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas, Will Smith and Cheryl Tiegs. All right, maybe my actual birthday compadres don't look so bad...
posted by CreequeAlley at 12:50 PM on September 24, 2002


and jimmy carter kicked his ass just the way dubya is gonna kick saddams.
posted by quonsar at 12:55 PM on September 24, 2002


Ayatollah Ass-a-hole-a!!
posted by imaswinger at 1:00 PM on September 24, 2002


F. Scott Fitzgerald was born 106 years ago today.
posted by UnReality at 1:02 PM on September 24, 2002


That guy's funeral procession still ranks up there as the funniest footage I've ever seen on professional news, where the crowd is so upset at his passing that they yank down his corpse and desecrate it in an attempt to snatch a piece of his clothes/decaying flesh/whatnot. Great, great stuff.
posted by jonson at 1:03 PM on September 24, 2002


Would that make him a Vigo or a Pisces?
posted by rogde at 1:06 PM on September 24, 2002


He is Vigo! You are like the buzzing of flies to him!
posted by dragstroke at 1:10 PM on September 24, 2002


Hey, Viggo Mortensen is also a vegan! Funny coicidence, eh?
posted by drinkcoffee at 1:15 PM on September 24, 2002


"He should not sell the meat to the people in his own village; however, selling the meat to the next door village should be fine."

If he were still around he could appointed to shrub's USDA.
posted by 2sheets at 1:16 PM on September 24, 2002


RE: Khomeini was a sick bastard, wasn't he?

He sodomizes a cow and it's the cow's fault? Now that's really unfair.
posted by funkuncle at 1:18 PM on September 24, 2002


[derail]
[complete and utter geek mode]

Ahem, Dark Messiah. Chris Jericho in fact took that line from "The Road Warrior." So there.

[/complete and utter geek mode]
[/derail]
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 1:20 PM on September 24, 2002


donkeyschlong: Somebody has a centennial fetish.
Willard Scott?
posted by eddydamascene at 1:48 PM on September 24, 2002


A hundred years old today? I think that guy was born a hundred years old. And without a sense of humor.
posted by TBoneMcCool at 3:10 PM on September 24, 2002


Someone somewhere in Paris is having a party.
posted by RubberHen at 4:10 PM on September 24, 2002


Khomeini was a sick bastard, wasn't he?

"Eleven things are impure: urine, excrement, sperm...non-Moslem men and women...and the sweat of an excrement-eating camel."

Happy Birthday, Sunshine!
posted by hama7 at 5:03 PM on September 24, 2002


Hey! I just got an e-mail! For every birthday card we send to Khomeini, an anonymous donor will contribute $1 to a fatwah. I'm so there.
posted by Joey Michaels at 5:13 PM on September 24, 2002


dammit, joey michaels, i just snorted 12 ounces of ice cold diet pepsi out through my nose and all over my monitor!
posted by quonsar at 5:46 PM on September 24, 2002


Is this fatwah Snopes approved? I'd hate to get scammed by a bunch of spamming jihadists.
posted by TBoneMcCool at 5:48 PM on September 24, 2002


Eleven things are impure: urine, excrement, sperm...non-Moslem men and women...and the sweat of an excrement-eating camel.

Could he not count, or did you elide several of the less interesting impure things? If the latter, thank you.
posted by kindall at 5:55 PM on September 24, 2002


Well, I didn't really need any more after the camel, but the quote must have been edited where the "..." was.

Here's the link again from mr._crash_davis.
posted by hama7 at 6:24 PM on September 24, 2002


His birthday is disputed though. Many list it as May 17th. The year is reported anywhere from 1900 to 1902.
posted by ?! at 8:23 PM on September 24, 2002


Khomeini is a mystery in Iranian history. He was the most charismatic figure many Iranians ever seen in their whole life. However his life was divided into two sections: before revolution he was the most popular, the kindest, the strongest, the greatest man in Iran, and suddenly after the revolution he became more and more hostile, fanatic and unpopular.
Most of it was the result of executing many Shah's high-ranked officials, the Iran-Iraq war, and the way he treated with opposition during the 8 year war and afterwards.
His fattwa to kill Salman Rushdie just for writing a book was the silliest thing he ever did and many people around the world can not forget it. He had a dark side, as well as a bright side.
posted by hoder at 11:12 PM on September 24, 2002


I'm sure Hitoshi Igarashi would be happy to pay his respects as well...
posted by apollo3000 at 3:39 AM on September 25, 2002


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