Blast from the Past

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Someone of a certain age has noted the growing resemblance between Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak and the Mighty Favog, from Saturday Night Live, way back in 1975-1976. They do more than look alike, however. Favog was a deity in the Land of Gorch, offering wisdom to King Ploobis and the planet’s other residents in exchange for sacrifices. But he apparently didn’t please the SNL gods, and lasted for only that first season of the long-running show. Mubarak was in his 30th season of asking Egyptians for sacrifices when he decided today to self-cancel.