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PFLP-GC Accidentally Kidnapped the Seven Estonians

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The chief negotiator charged with ensuring the release of the seven Estonians cyclists revealed that they were accidentally abducted by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command, he told Asharq newspaper in remarks published on Wednesday.

The negotiator, who chose not to disclose his name, said that the abductors were seeking to kidnap Americans, then Frenchmen as a second choice, and English nationals as a third one. [Naharnet]

So we know who kidnapped them and their exact location yet we can’t do anything about it because they did not realize they were Estonians, and not American, English or French?

Maybe the Lebanese government should issue a decree urging kidnappers and evil doers to check their victims’ passports before kidnapping or killing them.

Chili’s Margarita bar finally open

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Chili’s Margarita bar finally opened in Gemmayze some 10 days ago. The first opening date was set to June 1st but got delayed.

I went there last week and it’s as great as the original Chili’s is. Very spacious, good food, good music, great Margaritas and excellent customer service.

To make things even better, there’s little chance you’ll run into screaming and yelling 12 to 15 years old kids.

Jad Aoun: the guardian of Beirut’s image

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“I needed something that would create a more lasting impression. Sending emails is fast and easy but so is deleting them: The answer had to be something more solid and that can travel the world with ease – that is when I came up with the ‘Looks Like Beirut’ Certificate,” he says.

He has now posted 60 LLB certificates around the globe (although he has recorded 150 comparisons since early 2009, it is not always possible to find physical addresses for many of the culprits), each reading, “In recognition of the work done to keep the overused, worn-out, tired cliché ‘… looks like Beirut …’ alive.” [Full Article]

More recognition for Jad Aoun and his consistent efforts to take out that old cliché “Looks like Beirut” from all around the world.

Two new Guinness Records for Lebanon

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The longest “Lahme Chich Shish Kebab” and Longest Dabke line records were both set in Dhour Choueir in Mount Lebanon yesterday.

The “Lahme Chich Shish Kebab” was over 100 meters and was supervised by Chef Antoine el Hajj. [Link]

Here are few thoughts for new world records to beat:

– Biggest Falafel in the world.
– Longest “Fwerigh” in the world.
– Tallest Shawarma Stand in the world.
– Longest Labneh wou Zeitoun sandwich in the world.

Lebanese men can’t beat or kill their women anymore

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As absurd as the title may seem, that’s what the law amendments proposed by MP Sami Gemayel few months ago were all about and today they were finally approved by the government and put into action.

The old law basically stated that if a man were to surprise his wife or one of his female relatives in bed with someone, and committed a crime against them, it would not be considered as a first degree murder but an “honor killing” and would receive a lower sentence.

Mabrouk for all Lebanese women and men!

Lionel Messi: I’m very hurt

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Lionel Messi is not hurt because of a car accident, just because the Argentinian national team did not play well during the Coppa America. He’s in Chile still and preparing for a friendly game tonight. [Link]

This whole rumor about Messi being involved in a car accident was started on some website and picked up by the Lebanese media for unexplainable reasons.

Hope I did not give the Messi fans a scare with the title.

Mosaic reopening soon

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Mosaic is set to reopen its doors next week at the Intercontinental Phoenicia Hotel in Beirut after being closed for renovation. [Link]

This place has the best buffet in town by far and I am looking forward to seeing its new layout.