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Someone Thought Mindy Kaling And Malala Yousafzai Were The Same Person

Apparently not everyone realizes they are two distinct people.

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But for some people, it seems that their difference in age, skin tone, facial structure, and profession (among other things) is not enough to distinguish them.

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At the after-party for a recent Q&A as part of The New Yorker Festival, the New York Times recounted that an elderly man approached Kaling and told her, “Congratulations on your Nobel Prize."

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The man also allegedly noted how well Yousafzai — er, Kaling — had recovered from the 2012 shooting of Yousafzai that captured international attention.

Kaling was understandably confused, especially because the after-party was at a nightclub. After he left, she asked, “Did he really think I’m Malala?...And that if I were, I’d be at the Boom Boom Room?"

  1. Now, let's make sure that you can tell the difference: Which one of these two women is Mindy Kaling?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Getty Images Christopher Furlong
    Getty Images Christopher Furlong
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Getty Images Noam Galai
    Getty Images Noam Galai
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    THIS IS MINDY KALING. NOT MALALA YOUSAFZAI.

    THIS IS MINDY KALING. NOT MALALA YOUSAFZAI.
    Getty Images Noam Galai

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