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Another Guinness World Record: Biggest Human Blood Drop

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Donner Sang Compter is planning to create the world’s biggest ever human blood drop on the upcoming World Blood Donor day. More than 3500 Lebanese people will participate in this event. [Link]

Who the hell has time to organize such pointless things? Are we on some sort of mission to have the world’s silliest Guinness records? Wouldn’t it be smarter to raise money and open an additional yet very much needed blood bank, and with that prevent hospitals from trafficking blood by selling them to those in need?

Via BeirutSpring

Egyptian to fight lion

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I thought nothing could beat UFC’s action but it looks like we are one step away from having gladiators again.

In an unusual move to revive Egyptian tourism, a young Egyptian man has announced he will fight an African lion. Al-Sayed al-Essawy said he bought the lion, which weighs 280 kilograms, for $4,200 and he’ll use only an iron shield and dagger to defend himself… but will kill the lion with his own hands. [Link]

Not even Lebanon’s Chamchoun dared such a thing.

I truly hope the local authorities will stop him from this barbaric act as I don’t see how killing a lion could revive Egypt’s tourism.

Chili’s to open in Gemmayze

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Chili’s Margarita bar will finally open its doors on June 1st in Gemmayze. I heard that the municipality was giving them a hard time which is why the opening got delayed by a few months.

According to Gino’s Weekly leaks, they’ve been ready to open for quite some time. [Story]

Hoping that more bars with awesome food like Chili’s open up to replace the many overpriced lousy-food bars we have now.

Nadine Labaki wins award at Cannes International Film Festival

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Lebanese actress-director Nadine Labaki on Sunday was awarded the Francois Chalet prize for her film “Halla2 Lawen” (Where Do We Go Now?). The prize is awarded annually for best feature film. Labaki won the trophy under the “Un Certain Regard” category, which contained the event’s second largest pool of competitors.

This is great news for Nadine Labaki but I am curious as to why this award is not shown on the Cannes Festival official website. The movie is showing under the official selection for the mentioned category but it is no where to be seen under the 2011 awards section, nor is Nadine Labaki’s name. [Link]

Obama’s indestructible Cadillac halted by driveway ramp

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Obama’s limo nicknamed “The Beast” was revealed in 2009 and is supposed to be the world’s most indestructible limo. It has 8in thick armor-plated doors, its own oxygen supply, pump-action shotguns, night-vision cameras, Obama’s own personal storage of blood, Kevlar-reinforced tires that are puncture and shred-resistant, and special steel wheels that can drive without the tire attached.

Yet with all these features and it got stuck on a ramp! [YouTube]

Pictures from Mazraat Yachouh’s horrific accident

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Two deaths and three injuries were the result of the accident that occurred yesterday in Mazraat Yachouh when a truck lost its brakes and crashed into four cars. One of those cars was my friend’s uncle’s car who was lucky enough to escape with minor damage to the car.

This is not the first major accident on that stretch of road and I wonder how many deaths are needed before officials make a move. Maybe they are waiting for a real tragedy like a bus full of children or elderly men and women?


This was a Honda Civic


No clue what that car was


The truck driver escaped

Thanks Cyril for the pics

A small victory for Lebanese women

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Amendments on laws related to honor killings in Lebanon proposed by Kataeb MP Sami Gemayel on the 8th of May 2011 were accepted yesterday. This is quite the achievement as those laws were truly insulting to all Lebanese, not just its women.

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. If you want to read more on the matter check [Here]

I don’t know why this didn’t get a lot of media coverage even though it is a major step forward in modernizing our archaic laws on women rights in Lebanon.

Nevertheless, congrats to all the Lebanese women!

Naharnet finally has a new look

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Naharnet is at last revamping their website. You can check out the new design by clicking [Here]. It’s still in beta but so far it’s a major improvement when compared to the old one. However, I didn’t like the Breaking News & Live News boxes since they occupy a lot of space and contain multiple information in them that keeps rotating. I prefer the new DailyStar better although both are actually very similar.

via BeirutSpring