WTF Ad of The Day: Yeh! Frozen Yogurt

I have to admit, this is both genius and cringy at the same time! I’m guessing it started as an internal joke among their employees and somebody just decided to post it on their instagram! (they later removed it)

via Anis Tabet

Update:

And here’s another one they posted more than a year ago! (via Gino Raidy)

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Fishermen in Tripoli Caught Huge Inedible Sunfish and Sold it to The People!

Fishermen from Tripoli caught a huge Ocean Sunfish weighing more than 1000Kg this morning and people got outraged about it since it is a threatened specie of fish that feeds on jellyfish and poses absolutely no danger to divers.

In my humble opinion, I believe it is the authorities who should be blamed about such things because it seems like they allow anybody to go fish anything they encounter in the sea. It is true the Ocean Sunfish can be mistaken for a shark sometimes due to its dorsal fin, but fishermen should be educated enough about the species that should not be caught, and should also learn how to differentiate one from the other before given permission to work.

Aside from being endangered or not, fishermen should refrain from killing inedible species, and even if they did by mistake then they should get rid of it instead of selling it in the market, which unfortunately is not the case with this Sunfish! According to Wikipedia, it is not yet confirmed whether the Ocean Sunfish has some poisonous organs or not, so I wouldn’t take a chance trying to eat it. However, several photos on Facebook showed the fish being cut and sold at some fish market in Tripoli.

This is basically similar to witnessing a donkey or a sick cow being killed at the Karantina Slaughterhouse… I doubt such thing would go unnoticed and so should be trading this fish.

I just hope no one gets poisoned from consuming it, and I also the authorities invest a little more into educating the fishermen in order to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future.

Photos via Michel Bariche

Update:

As per the below memo, Governor of North Lebanon Judge Ramzi Nohra ordered the confiscation of this fish meat due to it being poisonous, in addition to ban killing such endangered species. Such memos and decisions are definitely better late than never!

via Animal Animals Lebanon FB Page.

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Touch Teams Up With Booking.com For Cashback Rewards

I’m a bit surprised this isn’t advertised much by “touch” so I thought it’s worth sharing with you.

Touch recently announced a partnership with accommodation booking website booking.com in order to let their subscribers benefit from 4% cashback of the reservation value on their touch lines whether prepaid or postpaid.

To benefit from the offer, all you have to do is to make your next reservations via booking.touch.com.lb or through touch’s mobile app.

Note that booking.com offers you a “Genius” status after booking 5 trips with them, which makes you eligible for a 10% off on selected hotels. That along with the 4% in cashback would save you some good money especially for long trips!

I personally make all my booking online and would definitely consider using this service when planning my next trip since I have a touch line.

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Things to Do This Week in Lebanon – February 1st 2017

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Here are my picks from Lebtivity for this week. Once again, I highly recommend you check the 23rd European film festival.

  1. Skyrocket Your Sales
  2. Recruitment Skills Workshop
  3. Kelkon Sawa – A theater play by Camille Salameh
  4. Quiz Night at Cantina Sociale
  5. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course
  6. Ciné-concert: ‘Vampyr’ by Kinematik
  7. Chess Night at CoPro Space
  8. 23rd European Film Festival | 23e Festival du Cinema Europeen – Lebanon 2017
  9. Blue House Afternoon Tea
  10. 2nd Lebanese Pipe Organ Week – La Semaine de l’Orgue au Liban

Make sure to check Lebtivity.com for much more options

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Ronaldinho is in Beirut!

I just spotted a tweet by Ronaldinho posted a few hours ago stating he’s in Beirut with a photo of himself in Zaitunay Bay.

I didn’t find any accurate details about the purpose of his visit anywhere on the web, but let’s hope he’s negotiating playing a game in Lebanon along with other football legends like the one that took place at Fouad Chehab stadium last summer.

P.S: I hope people stop posting jokes about him signing for Al Ahed because they’re so lame!

Update:

Here are some more photos courtesy of a friend of mine.

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BBC Pop Up Are Coming to Beirut And Want to Hear Your Stories!

BBC Pop Up is BBC’s mobile bureau, it’s a small team that travels to different cities one month at a time to make documentaries.

They have previously been to several places like Russia and India and made some pretty interesting videos. The way they get inspired to make their stories however is different than other show, instead of deciding by themselves what to report on, they rely on suggestions submitted by the inhabitants of the place they’re visiting or other people who simply want to know more about a certain topic related the country they’re in.

Throughout the month of February, BBC Pop Up announced on their twitter account that they will be flying to Beirut, and in a country like ours with countless problems and so many awesome things at the same time, I bet they will have a quite busy month! From the refugee crisis, to waste management, messed up transportation system, our food culture, and cool places off the beaten track like little Armenia (Bourj Hammoud) and cities like Tripoli and Saida… there’s just so much to talk about.

You can submit your ideas to BBC Pop Up through their website or write to them on bbcpopup@bbc.co.uk.

 

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Dalia Freyfer and Télé Liban Break The World Record for Longest Talk Show

Dalia Freyfer just broke the Guinness world record for the longest TV talk-show this morning by going live for 24 continuous hours and hosting more than 90 guests on Télé Liban.

The show started yesterday morning at 8AM and ended exactly 24 hours later today. And as it shows in the above photo, she immediately got her world record certificate .

For those who don’t know her, Dalia performs religious hymns in addition to occupying two jobs at Télé Lumière and Alfa Telecommunications. What makes her special though is that she lost her eyesight at a young age but insisted on pursuing her goals in life by obtaining a degree in psychology and attending the conservatroire.

Out of curiosity, I googled similar record breaking attempts and noticed that presenters from Ukraine and Nepal hosted 52 and 62 hour talk shows in the last few years. This is definitely not to doubt Dalia’s accomplishment since Guinness already approved it, but it would be good if Télé Liban clears out the criteria she satisfied to break the record.

Anyway, congratulations to both of Dalia Freyfer and our national TV channel!

Photo via Mahmoud Ghazayel

Update:

It turned out Dalia actually got the certificate for the first 12 hours of her show in which she interviewed 43 people, but she continued for another 12 hours and interviewed even more people.

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Dude Almost Killed Protecting His Shawarma!

This is one hilarious story! Barbar’s chicken shawarma is worth some trouble, but things went a bit extreme for this guy as he got himself confused for a terrorist while trying to keep his sandwich from getting wet!

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Things to Do This Week in Lebanon – January 25th 2017

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Here are my picks fro Lebtivity for this week. I highly recommend you check the European Film Festival program for some “non-commercial” movies. It is taking place as usual at Empire Sofil from January 26th till February 6th.

  1. Burns Night & Ceilidh – Scottish Night
  2. Dive Into Action Costa Brava Beach Clean Up and Conference
  3. 23rd European Film Festival | 23e Festival du Cinema Europeen – Lebanon 2017
  4. Attract the love of your life
  5. Cheese and Wine at Le Télégraphe de Belle-Vue!
  6. Introduction to Yoga – 2017 Resolution
  7. Festival Photomed Liban 2017
  8. Spanish Wine Night at Cantina Sociale
  9. How to feed a world of 11 billion people?
  10. BandAge Live ‘ 2017 Let’s Rock!

Make sure to check Lebtivity.com for much more options.

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Things to Do This Week in Lebanon – January 18th 2017

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Here are my picks from Lebtivity for this week. I’m personally a fan of the BBChi team so I will be attending their live show at USJ on Monday.

  1. L’apprenti magicien – Comédie
  2. Enchanted Reality – Art Exhibition by Aramé Art Gallery in Beirut Souks
  3. Projection du web-documentaire “La crise des déchets au Liban”
  4. Beirut to the ‘burbs book launch!
  5. The Poetry Pot: First Words
  6. Vegetarian Cooking Course & Meditation (Asian theme)
  7. Aaliya’s book club: The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  8. Sportscode 500
  9. Open Wine | Storytelling & Live Performance at Aleph B
  10. BBChi Live Show

Make sure to check Lebtivity.com for much more options.

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