I have heard much about Boris Karshina, but cannot find any biographical information for him on the Internet (other than here, where his name is misspelled). Please help me!

Edit: Never mind, I found him here on Facebook. (Apparently my jokes are not original...)

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  • Help us out a bit. I see the linked question. But, please translate the Aramaic term, literally.
    – DanF
    Commented Feb 18, 2018 at 4:00
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    @DanF What Aramaic term? It is about a Russian person, not anything Aramaic! Commented Feb 18, 2018 at 4:12
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    I'm willing to lose a point just to protest the allowance of these ridiculous questions, IMHO.
    – user8726
    Commented Feb 18, 2018 at 7:07
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    @DanF Purim Torah aside: borit means an alkaline cleanser; (you'll find the prophet talking about washing away their sins with neter and borit) karshinin are a kind of bean usually used as animal feed, usually translated as "vetch." So it was some kind of alkaline solution made from these beans. Artscroll half-translates "Karshina lye"; R' Aryeh Kaplan says "vetch lye."
    – Shalom
    Commented Feb 18, 2018 at 13:21
  • @Moses613 I asked the question because it inspires creativity, such as msh210's answer. Here are a bunch of other similar questions, check out their vote totals: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/80247/who-is-morris-ayin judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/55622/who-is-this-lamar judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/80688/who-is-herbert Commented Feb 18, 2018 at 15:15

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He lives in Cabin 9, In, Cyprus.

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    And like many random people on the Internet, don't believe anything that Boris says! It's almost certainly a lye and/or a k'vetch. In fact, everyone he's come into contact with winds up just shutting down conversations with nuh-uh!
    – Shalom
    Commented Feb 18, 2018 at 9:17
  • @Shalom this would make more sense as a comment to Shmuel's answer below... But excellent point! Commented Feb 18, 2018 at 15:11

You could try asking him directly.

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    Omg there's actually guy named this?
    – ezra
    Commented Feb 18, 2018 at 6:15
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    A simple google search revealed two such people. And yes, omg.
    – Dr. Shmuel
    Commented Feb 18, 2018 at 6:16
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    @ezra, Shmuel, not likely a real person. It's just a google account for someone with that name. See this facebook page as an illustration facebook.com/people/Boris-Karshina/100009793695456 Commented Feb 18, 2018 at 6:24
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    Clearly that guy thought of this joke first.
    – Dr. Shmuel
    Commented Feb 18, 2018 at 13:25
  • @Shmuel, indeed, see the edit to my question. Commented Feb 18, 2018 at 15:11

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