Away From Politics

Qatar Launches Ambitious Nobel Prize Programme, Acquires Einstein For $10mn

The small, oil-and-gas rich, state of Qatar has concluded a $10mn deal to acquire the legacy of Albert Einstein in a bid to increase its number of Nobel Prize laureates. The deal is the first step of a an ambitious programme to increase Qatar’s historic contributions to science and will be followed by further deals to acquire Pierre and Maria Curie, Guglielmo Marconi, Max Planck, Enrico Fermi and many others.

The Islamic State Versus Lebanon

I don’t think we will have a new civil war in Lebanon and I strongly believe the Lebanese and the Army (Add to that the Lebanese Pot Farmers) will keep Da3esh away from here.
While the Islamic State and the Al Nusra Front lack the capacity for a full scale invasion, many fear their car bombings, kidnappings and beheadings might prove so destabilizing that the nation might once again spiral towards sectarian civil war.

Lurpak Billboard Looks Like A Shampoo Ad

I didn’t even notice that was a Lurpak ad until I saw Maria’s post yesterday. It does look like a shampoo bottle and ad.
via Maria

AUB Among The Best Five Arab Region Universities

The American University of Beirut was the best ranked in Lebanon, followed by the Lebanese University in 37th spot, Université Saint Joseph de Beyrouth in the 50th spot and finally the Lebanese American University which was ranked 52 out of 91 universities. The rankings seem pretty reasonable except for LAU which I believe should be at a much higher position.
You can check out the full list [Here] and the methodology followed [here].

Lebanon’s Top 20 Entrepreneurial Companies in Science and Technology

Rami Khawandi, the founder of the Tari2ak app which I posted about few weeks back made the list

ACs Not Working At The Beirut Airport

via Salma
My friend Salma tweeted yesterday that air conditioners are not working at the Rafic Hariri Airport and I’ve read a report a week ago about the same matter. I don’t know what the problem is but it’s a good thing winter is almost here.

Stay Baladi and #KeepWalkingLebanon

I took part in Johnnie Walker’s latest campaign #KeepWalkingLebanon and prepared a #Baladi inspired tweet to show my support. It’s a really cool campaign to show that you can’t put out the Lebanese spirit as it’s a fire that burns within us all. I hope you guys like it.
You can share your own tweets using the #KeepWalkingLebanon hashtag or just go [Here].

MTV Misspelled Messi’s Name

We are not talking about any football player here but one of the greatest footballers of all time. It’s Lionel not Leonel MTV!

God is of Lebanese Origin!

Omar Sharif, Mika, Salma Hayek, Terrence Malick, Paul Anka, and many many others are all international celebrities of Lebanese origin. But those big names are about to be eclipsed by the biggest personality of them all – God! According to the findings of a recent extensive investigation, God is also of Lebanese origin, a revelation that is bound to shock the world and increase the Lebanese people’s pride in their country.

Lebanese-Brazilian GP2 Driver Felipe Nasr Will Drive For F1 Sauber In 2015

I’ve already posted on several occasions about Felipe. He was quite impressive in GP2 earlier this year, drove for Williams at the Bahrain F1 GP and has been confirmed as one of Sauber’s drivers for the year 2015. Can’t Distinguish Between Maya Diab and Angelina Jolie

Some Dubai-based website called anaZahra shared and sponsored a post on Facebook about Maya Diab with a picture of Angelina Jolie showing. Fi kteer chabah

Lebanese vs Lesbian Cuisine

via Rob DenBleyker
Make sure to read the comments as well lol!

New Tarboush Flavors: Fraise Wou Bendou2

I thought these were Halloween ads at first for some reason. Did anyone try them out?

What MP Riad Rahhal Thinks Of The CMFA Activists

That’s a very disrespectful thing to say and he should apologize. Maybe we should start throwing our lawmakers in the bin like Ukrainians did.
Stoli Lebanon

Whatsapp’s Latest Update

Since people have been asking about Whatsapp’s latest update, here’s what changed: Whatsapp introduced the blue double check feature which means that the message has been read. So now one grey check means the message has been sent, two grey checks mean it’s been delivered and the two blue checks mean it’s been read.
So now you can’t pretend you didn’t read the message anymore lol!
Update: Here’s Stoli Lebanon’s funny take on this update.

Meet Lebanon’s Ninjas

This is apparently the new look of Hezbollah’s elite forces. I don’t know what these guys do exactly but I like the uniform and it does look like G.I. Joe’s Snake Eyes as pointed out by Alex.
Speaking of Hezbollah and Ninjas, I found a track called “Hezbollah Ninja”.

Old Pan American Airlines To Beirut Ad

via Carole
Unfortunately, the slogan “Where East meets West” no longer applies.

#No_To_Extension Trended But That’s About It

On Twitter, everyone is against the extension of parliament but on the ground only few activists tried to actually block the MPs.

The iPhone 6 To Be Released Officially soon in Lebanon

According to 9to5mac, Apple’s next iPhone 6 rollout will include Lebanon among others and will take place on November 14th. Back in March, we heard that the iPhone will be officially released in Lebanon but these things take time so let’s hope it works out this time.
I will try to get further updates and will keep you posted.

Apocalyptic Storm Clouds Over Jounieh

Thumbs up for this great picture Rodrigue!

FAIL: Chamsine Backery Pastry

Chamsine is really good by the way. I remember we used to stop quite often at his branch on the Khaldeh highway on our way to the South.

For All German Fans In Lebanon: Die Mannschaft The Movie Will Be Out On November 13

I don’t know yet which Lebanese theaters will be showing Die Mannschaft movie, but I am pretty sure thousands of Lebanese fans will be looking forward to watching it and relive the last World Cup magic.
I will update the post as soon as I figure out more details.

The Fara (Mouse) Song

Latizi La Terja3é has some serious competition.
Thanks Terry!

O1NE Beirut Opening On November 7

Skybar is now closed for the winter and O1NE is preparing to open soon for an exciting second season. I’ve been to O1NE twice last year and I had a blast but I didn’t have time to write a proper review. I will try to do so by Tuesday and tell you what to expect this year.
Until then, check out Mark’s review of O1NE in Abu Dhabi which is very similar to the one in Beirut.

Lamborghini Murcielago Crash In South Lebanon

Picture from BeirutBeasts
The car has a Dubai plate but the crash happened in Tyre. What a waste!

Lebanese-born Harry Zakour Running For Ruling Party Chairmanship in Ghana

I was googling his name and the second article I found was about him slapping some customer but it seems he had a good reason to do so.

Week3: LiveLoveBeirut’s Best Pictures Of The Week

Apocalypse Now – By Abraham Helal
Clouds were gorgeous this week and we got some breathtaking lightening pictures. A perfect weather for fresh Manakish and a hot cup of tea.
You can follow LiveLoveBeirut on Instagram [Here]. I’m also on Instagram and you can follow me [Here] if you like.

Indian Summer

Our Indian Summer is definitely over: Fall has set in; gone are the beach days. Here in the mountains it has rained pretty much 24 hours on end. In Beirut it’s been a little drier.  Changing colors in an orchard up in the mountains I am doing the 10K next Sunday during the Beirut Marathon, and I hope it’ll be dry by then. Aregu Sisay, my famous housekeeper, is running her very first marathon. She finds herself between a rock and a hard place on this run.

Victoria’s Secret 2014 Fantasy Bras By Mouawad Jewelry

The 2013 Fantasy Bra was worn by Victoria’s Secret Angel 23-year-old South African model Candice Swanepoel and cost $10 million dollars. These two new fantasy bras which were made by Lebanese jewelers Mouawad cost each two million dollars.

The W Motors Lykan Hypersport Featured In Fast & Furious 7 Trailer

Fast & Furious will mark the final film appearance of Paul Walker in this series and the first appearance of the The W Motors Lykan Hypersport in a movie.
The W Motors Lykan Hypersport is the world’s most exclusive supercar with only 7 units produced and is the first hypercar designed in the Middle East. It is worth noting that W Motors, the company behind the car, is a Lebanese-based one.

More Lightening Pictures From All Over Lebanon

Taken By Toni Obeid
Taken by Rodrigue Zahr

The Legendary Sami Clark Performing At Kahwet Leila

I love this man! Every now and then, I listen to the Grendizer song. He will be at Kahwet Leila in Gemmayze on November 7th.

FAIL: Army Storms Into Battlefield Vegas

Lebanese media and journalists have become so unprofessional in this country that it’s really hard to believe any of them. The above picture was apparently shared by an LBCI reporter called Maroun Nassif (I couldn’t find the post though) about a weapons cache found in Saida, but someone made the link to one of Dan Bilzerian’s pictures and the Lebanese-Forces website quickly posted it and trashed the journalist. The picture is indeed taken from Battlefield Vegas which is one of the largest shooting ranges in the US.