FASHAL: Elmarada.org Posts Bush Cocaine Satire As Actual News

Screen Shot 2014-07-31 at 2.05.03 PMThis news of course is not true. It was published on Empirenews.net, a satirical news website. Unfortunately, the ElMarada website didn’t let that stop them from publishing a translated version of the story under the name “Al Anba2″ (which is unclear if they man the newspaper in Lebanon, or an “Anba2″ category on their website).

Anyway, the really funny part is people’s reactions. Those with enough wit to remember to Google first, made loads of funny and politically-charged rebukes at this blooper, but, funnier still were the people who bought it, like this person here:

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It roughly translates to: “Of course the terrorist and chief of the gangs of death is a drug dealer. This is nothing new for us, but where is his stupid American people?”

This reminds me of the time when Iranian media thought a The Onion piece claiming Ahmadinejad’s approval rates in the US were higher than Obama’s, was true, and ran with it very seriously =P

Websites like Elmarada.org, Tayyar.org, Kataeb.org, Lebanese-Forces.com and others are horrible at what they’re supposed to do: offer news. Instead, they’re amazing at publishing crap, stealing content without proper annotations and  other juvenile, typical Lebanese politics idiocies.

FASHAL – Erbil Engrish

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Everyone keeps saying Erbil is where it’s at to make money, but come on, this is like Google Translate Fail Level 9000. “Meat Ball” is written in Arabic, which is spelled somewhat similar to “paul is dead” in Arabic.

Good job Erbil International Hotel, +1

Photo courtesy of Patrick Lahoud

FASHAL – EPIC Valet Ad

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Now, we all hate valet parking in Lebanon, but you can’t but pause and give props for this epic ad.

It roughly translates to “catch the zaffe (traditional dance in weddings and happy occasions), and we’ll take care of parking” (it rhymes in Arabic, so it’s a bit lost in translation.

And, to top it all off, they used the wedding scene from Twilight… So many things we all hate in one ad, that it’s impossible not to chuckle and clap.

Thanks Maher Laham for the photo

FASHAL – ISF Internet Security Video

Calrification: This is an old video from their archives, check out the new ones here.

GOOD LAWD ALMIGHTY! This is absolute gold! Everything from the Windows XP theme, to the embarrassingly ancient animations, CGI and notification sounds, looks more like a parody than an actual informative video by the police. Anyway, enjoy it, and do be careful online.

I just wish the ISF would shut down online scam businesses in Lebanon, not just do bad videos about it…