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Poor show by Einstein look-alikes
Mr Rashidzada would probably have seen off the competition...
A New York university planned to mark the 127th birthday of genius physicist Albert Einstein by bringing dozens of his look-alikes together in a room.

But when the City University of New York placed an advert in an actors' newspaper, only one person turned up - a man originally from Afghanistan.

However, as luck would have it, Latif Rashidzada bore a striking similarity to the scientist who developed the theory of relativity.

The university is holding a party on Monday evening with two of Einstein's former associates who are now in their 90s.

Latif Rashidzada at the Einstein look-alike auditions in New York
But he was the only entrant

Physicist Brian Schwartz said they had hopes of bringing lots of Einstein look-alikes along as well.

"Imagine a picture of 100 Einsteins all in one place at one time," he was quoted as saying on the WNYC radio station website.

"But actually it seems like actors are doing better than I thought because not many showed up - although we have one gorgeous Einstein who is actually from Afghanistan."

Mr Rashidzada was born in the Afghan capital Kabul but now lives in New York.

A year of events is being held globally to mark 100 years of Einstein's work.

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