Yoda makes a surprise appearance in a Saudi Arabian textbook

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Sep 23, 2017

When Saudi artist Shaweesh superimposed Yoda into an image of Saudia Arabia's King Faisal at the United Nations, he never imagined his artwork would wind up in a Saudi school textbook -- but that's exactly what happened.

In 2013, Shaweesh created a series of photographs that superimposed American pop culture characters into historical photographs. For example, Captain America is seen with refugees during the evacuation of Fallujah in 1949. Darth Vader also appears in the same art series as does Yoda. Shaweesh says he put Yoda next to King Faisal as he signed the UN Charter in 1945 because he felt both of them were "wise, strong, and always calm."

That would have been the end of it, except that same picture was recently discovered in a school textbook, leading to some questions for Saudi Arabia's Education Minister. 

They're going to fix the book and remove the photo (since it's not technically history and all), but I'm a little sad that children won't learn about Yoda's achievements in bringing peace to the world, y'know?

(via BBC)