I have no idea who originally shot this video but Ninar shared it first and Tchuup sent it to me. It’s hilarious lol! If you know who originally took it, please let me know so I give him/her the credits.
Batman was spotted at the protest giving interviews
I had no clue riot batons can fire bullets – Picture by Mohamad Cheblak
In case you missed the Red Bull Car Park Drift this year, there was another M113 drift happening in Beirut last night. Check out the [video].
Today’s protest is expected to draw large crowds and hopefully will be a peaceful and civilized one. It wouldn’t hurt though to be ready just in case things get out of control. Here’s how:
– Come wearing a swimsuit and get floats and tubes in case the police decides to fire water cannons.
– If you don’t have water at home, get your shampoo with you and enjoy a free shower. The demonstration will last more than an hour so you can enjoy a long bath.
– Get a small inflatable boat as well because the manholes are packed with garbage so you might need to sail your way back to your car.
– Keep your smartphone at home and get a go pro camera instead. Remove the stick because the police might consider it as a weapon.
– If you insist on getting a smartphone, buy a shock and water resistant cover to keep it safe.
– Get a helmet just in case fights erupt.
– Avoid selfie sticks as riot police might consider them as weapons.
– Avoid sun and eyeglasses.
– Have a light lunch and avoid heavy meals before the protest, just in case you need to run.
– Avoid getting sandbags and bring garbage bags instead. They are available everywhere on your way to Beirut. Hint: Karantina has some big solid bags.
– If you’re planning on taking a selfie with the water cannon, make sure the serail is behind you as the picture will come out nicer.
Jokes aside, let’s keep the protest civilized and raise our voices against corruption and for a better waste management plan in this country. See you all tonight!
However, the funniest part for me wasn’t the picture in itself but the fact that she has almost 7 million Twitter followers and still didn’t hire someone to proof-read her tweets. “One of my best Concert ever” LOL!
I first found out about Ma3roof after George al Rif’s tragic incident. Their “2atte3ne 2awou b2at3ak” graphic was a perfect reflection of the reality we are living in and everyone was sharing it online. After I got in touch with Bob Kastoun, the guy behind Ma3roof and visited his page, I noticed he had been producing witty and funny graphics for quite some time and some of them are spot on!
Ma3roof basically “focuses and comments in a sarcastic and funny way on everyday’s political events and all the events we lived decades before, hoping to touch all segments of people from one distance in a way that enlarges their way of thinking and their political maturity in order to build a better political life in Lebanon”, and they are doing a great job so far!
When I posted about the Saadah restaurant offering food for free to poor and needy families in Beirut, I remembered an old post from 2012 about a Lebanese immigrant called Salam Kahil who was nicknamed the Lebanese Sandwich Nazi. This guy ran away from Lebanon aged 15, lived all over Europe before he settled in Vancouver where he runs a deli that makes “The Best Sandwiches in North America”. He’s bad mouthed, he makes nasty jokes, he greets all his customers by a page of rules and warnings but he’s hilarious. He’s also very generous and gives away free sandwiches to homeless people occasionally.
Most of them know that for all his bluster, he has a mile-wide generous side, notably bagging up food to hand out to the many down-and-out denizens of the downtown area each week. Between acts of charity and vulgarity, bits of personal history spill out: He ran away from his large, disapproving Beirut family at age 15, lived all over Europe, “took advantage of a lot of people” as a stud for hire (or sometimes for free, as when female acquaintances wanted a sperm donor without a husband attached), then entered a less illicit business when he “realized my beauty was fading” at age 29. Soon he’d built up a mini-empire of stores, but the hassle of managing employees (and worrying his antics might strike them as sexual harassment) prompted eventual reduction back down to a one-man, one-deli operation. [HuffingtonPost]
Update: Someone did a hilarious edit out of this guy’s reply. Check it out [here].
It’s hot, there’s no electricity and there’s garbage everywhere, an ideal scenario for the Lebanese to keep on nagging. Whether they are at the beach tanning and having drinks by the pool (they might sweat if they swim), or having drinks at a rooftop, they need to tell everyone it’s hot and they can’t stand it, as if we’ve never been through such a hot summer before. More importantly, we always have that urge in Lebanon to one-up each other in every conversation, such as:
Shob lyom kteer.
X: Shob bass?? Fatteeess
Eh walla Fatteess.
X: Fattees bass?? Jhannamm!
3le2et bil 3aj2a 2 hours kenet ra7 jenn.
X: Ana 3le2et 4 hours man!
and so it goes.
Back to the heat wave that is sweeping the country, LBCI was asking few people on how they are handling it and one of them replied with one of the worst pick up lines ever! I’m glad LBCI decided to keep it in the report.
PS: Some guy at Minute 0:18 said something sad yet true “Iza el Arguile btechteghil 3al kahraba, ken 2em el cha3eb el lebnene kello”, but I think this pretty much applies to all Arab countries not just Lebanon.