Ahye Matey!
October 19, 2001 7:37 PM   Subscribe

Ahye Matey! He's mean and one-eyed and known simply as "unidentified translator" .
posted by stbalbach (20 comments total)
He's the translator-attache of, and in this case attached to, the Taliban's representative to Pakistan. Given that the Taliban only keeps in an embassy in PK, this is probably their best simultaneous two-way translator. Wowwa!

I like the shot of the ambassador poking him in the head...Just to let people see that the Taliban can get wacky about public execultions for minor moral slip-ups! Har har har!
posted by rschram at 8:07 PM on October 19, 2001

The new Bert, definitely. Can't wait for him to turn on Bush's reelection poster.
posted by MiguelCardoso at 8:13 PM on October 19, 2001

Is it just me, or is anyone else getting *real* tired of all that facial hair?
posted by airgirl at 8:29 PM on October 19, 2001

Am I the only one who thinks "Klingons" when he sees these pix? Militant, much? Wow.
posted by donkeyschlong at 9:03 PM on October 19, 2001

Am I the only one who thinks "Klingons" when he sees these pix?

i know. i keep squirming reaching for the toilet paper too.
posted by quonsar at 9:46 PM on October 19, 2001

squirming AND reaching, thank you.
posted by quonsar at 9:47 PM on October 19, 2001

Excuse me? You've given me no context. As far as I can tell from this thread, you got these pix from one of those ripoff collections sold to very bad web designers whose job it is to sell crap to us all.
posted by realjanetkagan at 9:56 PM on October 19, 2001

well gee, realjanet, once you learn how to work that browser, you'll find that most links have URLs, and they appear in your status bar and your location bar. and they tell you where you are, and where the pictures are, and all sorts of neato keen geeky stuff like that.
posted by quonsar at 10:44 PM on October 19, 2001

Funny, I've seen it reported that Mullah Umar (sp?) lost an eye during the war against the Soviets, but I guess that reporter was in error.
posted by clevershark at 11:41 PM on October 19, 2001

You've given me no context

Context 1

Context 2: "You think you can catch Keyser Soze? You think a guy like that comes this close to getting caught, and sticks his head out?"
posted by stbalbach at 5:17 AM on October 20, 2001

I want to hear him sing the Spongebob Squarepants song in Afghani.
posted by MrBaliHai at 5:59 AM on October 20, 2001

Are ya ready, kids?

I can't heeeeeear you...
posted by Coda at 10:01 AM on October 20, 2001

Mullah Umar did lose his eye in combat. Evidently most of the Taleban top brass is some how or other impaired physically. Ministers with one leg, or one hand or one arm or both legs either shot, or bombed or may be damged by land mines. Kinda shows what happens during carpet bombings. Where ever u hide u get sharpnel in some part of ure body.
posted by adnanbwp at 11:24 AM on October 20, 2001

i really wish you wouldn't talk about my grandfather that way.
posted by sugarfish at 3:12 PM on October 20, 2001

Ha ha! Good to see others have found this guy to be interesting...in some fashion. On my site (it's ok to link to one's own site in comments, yes?), I noted the uncanny resemblance between this translator and Street Fighter's Sagat. It's about 2 page-downs down. It's uncanny, I tell ya.
posted by tpl1212 at 6:36 PM on October 20, 2001

Frankly, I think the Hathaway Shirt Man has really gone to seed since the company went belly-up last year.
posted by dhartung at 11:25 PM on October 20, 2001

stbalbach: Thanks for the links. I had the same "Wow, pirates!" reaction to the photos that you did. (I confess it: I collected them all.) More thanks for adding the context, because I always like to know what I'm *really* looking at, whenever it's possible. I'm sorry if I seemed rude to you by asking for context. I didn't mean to. I've always loved Urban Legends and, given the stuff that shows up in my inbox these days, I now begin my morning with a quick check of Snopes *before* I read my e-mail. I only wanted to find out where these pix were coming from. I'm sorry if I phrased it badly. I adore pirates and I thank you for the addition to my collection.

quonsar: For what it's worth, the first thing I did when I saw the photos was to try back-clipping the browser urls, because I have learned enough to know that doing that often leads me to an index page that leads me to other really interesting stuff. In the case of the initial links here, however, I got nothing but a great many boring Yahoo 404s. I'm sorry I'm not geeky enough for you...yet. ---But, in your honor, I googled "one-eyed translator"--- and I spent the rest of the afternoon reading page after page of fascinating tales. For that, I thank you. So when I do get to your level of geekiness, I hope I'll think of you fondly and just stop by to say, "Hello, and thanks for all the 'one-eyed translators'."
posted by realjanetkagan at 6:56 PM on October 21, 2001

I've been trolled!

Your search - "one-eyed translator" - did not match any documents
posted by straight at 8:25 AM on October 22, 2001

straight---try this. I'm sorry, I don't know why it didn't work for you.
posted by realjanetkagan at 9:08 AM on October 22, 2001


It's funny! Their clothes are different than my clothes! Ha ha ha!

posted by Skot at 10:44 AM on October 22, 2001

« Older A blistering dissection   |   Omigod!!! Newer »

This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments