Where's Osama?

Funny story written by victor nicholas

Sunday, 1 November 2009

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Where's Osama?

British illustrator Martin Handford plans on following the success of his Where's Waldo children's books with a new series called Where's Osama?.

The Where's Osama? books will follow the format of the hugely successful Where's Waldo series and consist of a series of full-page illustrations of hundreds of Muslim people typically depicted during a frenzy of activity; each illustration depicting a unique location, time period, or activity in political hotspots such as Western Africa, Pakistan or the war-torn mountains of Afghanistan.

The intent is for the reader to find a character named Osama hidden in the group. Like Waldo, Osama is distinguished from the crowd by always being dressed in a red and white horizontally striped military jacket with, blue pants, and bobble hat, carrying a wooden walking stick and wearing glasses. Osama is somewhat different from Waldo however and sports a long flowing beard, an AK-47 slung over his shoulder and a handheld microphone.

Early success with the British editions has sparked interest in publishing the books in the United States where they are now being used unofficially as CIA training manuals.

The funny story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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