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King Farouk

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The Resume

    (February 11, 1920-March 18, 1965)
    Born in Cairo, Egypt
    King of Egypt (1936-52)
    Overthrown in a coup led by Gamal Abdel Nasser
    Died in exile in Rome

Why he might be annoying:

    His lavish lifestyle, including European shopping sprees, gambling and womanizing, alienated his subjects.
    He stole numerous objects, including Winston Churchill's pocket watch and a cermonial sword from the Shah of Iran.
    He ballooned to nearly 300 pounds and one acquaintance described him as 'a stomach with a head.'
    He reportedly knew every call girl in Rome by first name.

Why he might not be annoying:

    After his coronation, he made a public radio address, becoming the first Egyptian monarch to speak to his people directly.
    David Suchet modeled his mustache as Hercule Poirot on Farouk's.
    He famously observed, 'There will soon be only five kings left: the Kings of England, Diamonds, Hearts, Spades and Clubs.'

Credit: C. Fishel

Featured in the following Annoying Collections:

Year In Review:

    In 2021, Out of 57 Votes: 45.61% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 59 Votes: 45.76% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 19 Votes: 52.63% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 48 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 16 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 15 Votes: 53.33% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 8 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 62 Votes: 53.23% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 26 Votes: 61.54% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 21 Votes: 76.19% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 36 Votes: 44.44% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 105 Votes: 67.62% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 88 Votes: 73.86% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 70 Votes: 74.29% Annoying