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We Google Translated A Thomas Friedman Article Into Arabic And Back Into English And Now It Makes Sense

We were perplexed by Thomas Friedman's latest article so we Google translated it into Arabic and back into English and now it makes much more sense. Below is the direct results from Google, unaltered. 
Freud and the Middle East

Thomas Friedman

What Could غير مطابق Mean?

via Al Jomhouria

London’s ‘Gherkin’ Tower Sold To Lebanese-Brazilian Billionaire Joseph Safra

Joseph Safra is presumably the richest banker in the world and is the top ranked Lebanese in the world’s richest Arabs list.
The Safra Group bought the Gherkin for a bit over 1 Billion Dollars.

Jean-Paul Goude recreates iconic photo with Kim Kardashian #paper #breaktheinternet


Strange... I've seen this photo before... To paraphrase Grace Jones' hit, the muse of none other than legendary creator Jean-Paul Goude. Goude is the man behind today's photos which broke the internet, and no wonder since Paper magazine actually wanted us to #breaktheinternet.

Kol ….. Wou Chkor!

via Al Jomhouria
Haha!

Did The Ministry Of Health Inspect Beirut’s Public Slaughterhouse?

I posted this video a year ago. Compassion in World Farming visited the Karantina Slaughterhouse and were shocked by what’s happening there. Since the Ministry of Health is launching a food safety campaign, it would be a great idea to start with the Beirut Slaughterhouse where most of the restaurants in Lebanon get their meat from.

The Ethiopian Worker Who Jumped Off The Fourth Floor Is Recovering And Will Be Fine

I am sure you all saw the video of the Ethiopian housekeeper who tried to commit suicide in Salim Salam. Well the good news is that she did not die and is recovering at the hospital right now. Unfortunately though, we still don’t know why she decided to jump as her employer is denying the fact that he didn’t book an airline ticket for her to go back home.

6 Awesome Calligraffiti Pieces in Tripoli by Hayat Chaaban

Hayat Chaaban is a young street artist from Tripoli who I had the fortune of meeting during my latest visit to Tripoli. In a city damaged with the scars of conflict, crumbling under the weight of neglect and suffocating amid the posters of politicians that disfigure its charm, Hayat’s work lifts its spirits up just a little bit, while preserving its Arab culture and heritage.
Here are a few pieces I chose, and some captions underneath them translated from what Hayat has told me about them.

Mamarowana: Yes, We Can Still Party! The Evolution of Date Night Apres Having Kids


First of all, let’s agree they were never called ‘date-nights’. We just went out, had fun and didn’t think of anyone but ourselves. We enjoyed leaving one place and going to the next and then to a few more. We would have late-night breakfast feasts to wake up the next morning feeling pretty good, only ever so slightly affected. If such debauchery was attempted today, the morning after would be filled with a pounding headache and erupting acid reflux rendering the day miserable.

Health Minister Wael Bou Faour Issues A list of Lebanon’s Violating Supermarkets And Restaurants

Health Minister Bou Faour confirmed to all the Lebanese today that the food they are eating is full of diseases and issued a list of restaurants and supermarkets that do not meet the proper health and hygiene conditions. The minister said that violating restaurants will be warned and fines will be forced.

Uber Beirut Offering Free Rides This Week!

I love Uber and I use it all the time when I don’t feel like driving to events in Beirut. The drivers are extremely friendly, always on time and very professional, the cars are super cool and the service is impeccable. If you don’t believe me, go ahead and try them as they are offering free uberX rides from Thursday November 13th till Sunday November 16th.
Here’s how to claim your free rides:

It’s True If I Say It Is, The World according To the Great Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Portrait of Mr Taleb using traditional Phoenician photography. With a swan.History is full of great Lebanese people who have contributed so much to humanity, and they never even mention it. But in the modern era nobody can come close to matching the genius of the greatest public intellectual of our era, Nassim Nicholas Taleb. The claim is largely based on Mr Taleb’s own self-perception but that doesn’t make it wrong.

Charbel Nassour plays is "un"safe with condoms to tackle parliamentary extension!


Credit: Charbel Nassour

Charbel Nassour, who was formerly a student, tackes the parliamentary self-extension of their mandate playing on the Durex condom.... The ad is self-explanatory, witty, and expresses the thinking of the majority of the population. Well done!

Update: You Can Now Edit Photo Captions On Instagram

I wrote a post back in September wondering whether it was possible to edit a photo caption on Instagram, specially after people had commented on it. For all I know, it’s not possible but it is now as Instagram has finally decided to roll out an update yesterday allowing users to edit captions.
I don’t have the feature yet as the update is not yet available on the Play Store but my friend Maia tried it and it’s working.

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