Mississippi Is Using Baby Yoda to Encourage Drivers to Use Car Seats

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It’s known that Yoda stayed in the swamps of Coruscant for over 800 years, so maybe it makes sense that Baby Yoda, formerly known as The Child, would be found in the swamps of ... Mississippi?

The New York Daily News reports that the Mississippi Department of Transportation is behind using the character from Star Wars: The Mandalorian to influence driving safety. The department tweeted out a meme of The Child that says, “Baby Yoda uses the Force but still needs a carseat.” They also displayed the quote on digital highway signs.

The Mandalorian is the first live-action Star Wars series. While it’s only been out for five weeks, that hasn’t stopped everyone’s new favorite green child from being made into countless memes. And while the initial round of The Child merch left many fans feeling pretty disappointed, there are more options now, ranging from Funkos to sweatshirts. One fan already has even gotten tattoobut Twitter was not very impressed.

The Child is still a bit of an enigma to viewers. So far, we know that baby Yoda is 50 years old, has Force-healing abilities, and not much else. But while we don’t know much about baby Yoda, it’s clear that he is here to stay, and his ability to use the Force goes far beyond the Disney + series.

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Wa Wa Wee Wa: The Origin of Borat's Favorite Catchphrase

Wa wa wee wa! Sacha Baron Cohen is back in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2020).
Wa wa wee wa! Sacha Baron Cohen is back in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2020).
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When Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan was released in 2006, a new audience was exposed to Borat Sagdiyev, a “journalist” portrayed by Sacha Baron Cohen who had made frequent appearances on the comedian’s Da Ali G Show.

Soon, in our country there was problem: People mimicked Borat’s catchphrases, "very nice" and “wa wa wee wa,” incessantly. The latter phrase was used to denote surprise or happiness on Borat’s part. While some may have assumed it was made up, it turns out that it actually means something.

Wa wa wee wa is Hebrew, which Cohen speaks throughout the film and which helped make Borat a hit in Israel. (Cohen is himself Jewish.) It was taken from an Israeli comedy show and is the equivalent of the word wow. Reportedly, the expression was popular among Israelis, and they appreciated Cohen’s use of it.

The original Borat also sees Cohen singing a popular Hebrew folk song, “Koom Bachur Atzel,” or “get up lazy boy,” among other Hebrew mentions. It remains to be seen how much of it he’ll be speaking in the sequel, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. It premieres on Amazon Prime Friday, October 23.

[h/t The Los Angeles Times]