The Lebanese village Kab Elias, located in the Bekaa, prepared the largest fattoush plate in the world, weighing up to 4432 Kg to enter the Guinness book of records.
It took 100 people working for 3 hours and 20 minutes and involved the following ingredients:
85 kilos of Ba2le.
150 kilos of tomato.
105 kilos of onions.
105 kilos of radish.
42 kilos of na3na3.
1050 kilos of cucumber.
315 kilos of lettuce.
126 kilos of semma2.
30 kilos of salt.
210 kilos of olive oil.
336 kilos of lemon sauce.
336 kilos of bread.
The United Arab Emirates, citing security concerns, said Sunday that it would suspend BlackBerry mobile services like e-mail and text messaging beginning in October, the latest high-stakes clash between governments and communications providers over the flow of digital information.
And it looks like other countries will follow.
The decision could have significant implications for BlackBerry use in the Persian Gulf region, where Saudi Arabia has been closely studying the issue and may follow suit. Other countries, including Kuwait and Bahrain, have also raised concerns.
But that night he seemed to be in the mood for something else. So he asked the driver for a virgin girl he could â€œhave fun withâ€ for the night in exchange for $50,000. The driver came back an hour later with his 17-year-old daughter.
According to Nabil, when the taxi driver picked up his daughter in the morning, the prince paid him $5,000 extra â€œfor the damages.â€ The teenager was taken to the hospital and treated for internal bleeding. The taxi driver took his daughter and disappeared without a trace after the incident. â€œI just hope she will be able to live with it,â€ Nabil said.
I was headed the other day towards the City mall on the maritime road when i saw some traffic near City Mall’s entrance. As i was getting closer to the parking entrance, i spotted a police car and two police motorcycles and a prison truck. The truck was stopped at the start of the bridge leading towards Roumieh. Cars were being forced back and the truck was slowly backing up from the bridge.
I start wondering what’s happening then i see a big truck blocking the road some 100 meters ahead of the prison truck. There was no accident or anything. The prison truck kept going backwards and then left using a different road.
It appeared like they were transferring some major prisoner as more police backups were coming. Not sure if it was a decoy to free the prisoner but the police officers looked pretty freaked out.
Prison breaks are not that rare in Roumieh and the last one saw 8 terrorists escape with one only succeeding but eventually getting caught hours later.
So much for this much expected internet cable that will enhance the download and upload rates and make our lifes better. Yesterday, there was a press conference at the Ministry of Telecommunications and the outcome was as expected, talks and talks and empty promises.
According to Matt Nash, a blogger on nowlebanon who attended the conference, Lebanon is still awaiting a response from Egypt indefinitly. It appears to me the Egyptians emailed us the response with a large attachment and our ministry needs few weeks to download it!
However, until we receive an answer, the government will increase in the next 18 months bandwidth at 42 Ogero central offices by 15 Mbytes, which is better than nothing.
On a final note, and this is addressed to Matt Nash, he seemed pretty upset by the addition of only 15 Mbytes and justifies his anger by giving the following example:
With a BlackBerry plan you get 50 megabits of free downloading per month. And thatâ€™s for one person, not the whole damn neighborhood. Good god.
Bandwidth rate has nothing to do with how much mbytes you are allowed to download per month. If the whole Achrafieh area has 500 users who presumably download at 512 Kps rate but can only reach 394 kps, adding 15 mbytes to the whole Achrafieh Bandwidth will allow those users to maybe reach the 512 kps as it is spread among them.
A Kuwaiti businessman’s plane is still being held for investigation by the Italian police in Napoli after it was fired at when leaving the Beirut Airport three weeks ago.
The plane is a Challenger 604 and was departing from the Beirut Airport when gun shots were fired at it causing several holes in the plane’s body.
Now here’s the funniest part of the story.
International investigators handling this case are claiming that Lebanese living next to the airport could have shot at the airport by mistake in post-game celebrations during the World Cup. [lebanonfiles]
If this turns out to be true, we should be very relieved to know that anyone can sneak in Beirut’s Airport and get on a plane without anyone noticing and that every plane is in shooting range from the airport’s nearby habitats.
Yesterday, i posted about a bunch of girls handing out penis-shaped lollipops in Kaslik. My cousin calls me later that night and tells me his friend spotted them near Crepaway Kaslik three days ago selling bananas.
Also, they were more than just two and some were wearing beauty pageant sashes (a detail my brother forgot to mention).
I think i should pay Kaslik a visit more often these days.
Update: Turns out the girls behind the penis-shaped lollipop have their own blog and sell the lollipop openly and proudly. They handed the first lollipop to the new “fugly” Miss Lebanon 2010.
Thank you Darine!
So my younger brother calls me yesterday and tells me he has a good story for the blog. He has been telling me that numerous times but that’s the first time he really has an interesting story.
He was driving in Kaslik along with my cousin shopping for some new shorts. As they were leaving Timberland, they hear two girls dressed in sexy clothes call them and ask them if they want a Lollipop.
They were like what the heck and took the lollipops and drove away. Few minutes later, they look at the lollipops and realized they are shaped like a male genital organ. Yup! penis-shaped lollipops being handed out by sexy girls in Kaslik.
There’s no label on the lollipop or name or anything. It just says “lollipop”. Bruno would have been delighted to have it that’s for sure!!
Lebanese national Rami Chemali died Thursday at the age of 22 in a car crash in Cairo, the National News Agency (NNA) reported.
According to an eyewitness the accident occurred due to excessive speed. A car with 3 young people crashed into the car that was driven by Chemali, which resulted in the killing of Chemali and the 3 young Egyptians.
I don’t watch Star Academy, so i don’t know anything about him. The cause of the accident conflicted from one source to another. I heard first Rami was the one speeding and jumped from one side of the road to the other and hit the other car. Nonetheless, may he rest in peace.
It looks like the most beautiful teams, not just the strongest teams are winning in the 2010 World Cup.
According to beautifulpeople.com, the Spanish team has the highest average beauty score (5.79), followed by the Dutch (5.52) and the Germans (5.15). [Full List]
The best-looking player turned out to be Fabio Cannavaro, while the ugliest player was England player Wayne Rooney. [Eurosport]
Finally, Paraguay might not have the most beautiful squad, but one of its supporters, Lingerie model Larissa Riquelme, has promised to run naked through the streets of Asuncion naked despite her team’s loss.
Maradona also promised to run naked in the streets of Bueno Aires if Argentina were to win the world cup, but who would want such an ugly sight?
For all those interested, No date has been set yet for Riquelme’s naked run.
It looks like Maxime Chaya has managed to inspire more Lebanese. Ralph Baz is only 22 and “is seeking climb the world’s highest mountain peak, the Everest (8,848 meters), next year to become the youngest Arab climber to reach the highest mountain top”. [Naharnet]
He already climbed Baruntse mountain in Nepal this past weekend and plans to climb Nepal’s Cho Oyu mountain next. He also has his own blog to update everyone on his journey. Too bad there are no pictures yet uploaded.
Nonetheless, good luck to this young man and i hope he does climb Everest next year!
Note: The youngest man to climb Everest is a 13 year old American. [Link]
There’s been many talks about internal disputes in the Rahbani family, mainly opposing Fairouz and her daughter Rima to the sons of Mansour Rahbani, but i never thought it would degenerate and lead to official lawsuits. But now it’s official, the Lebanese diva is being brought to justice by Mansour Rahbani’s sons, who died only recently.
The dispute is basically about Fairuz using “copyrighted” material that belong to Mansour Rahbani. MTV was broadcasting an episode on this matter when it was asked not to show it by a letter from Mansour Rahbani’s sons, Marwan, Ghadi and Ossama.
This is very sad news and i honestly feel the blame is on Mansour’s sons, as i don’t recall Fairuz ever causing controversy. She is a modest lady who barely makes any public statements or appearances except in very few occasions, and i don’t think she wants any more money for herself.