Sent in by Mahmoud Makkieh
Taken by Ramy Meshref
There’s so much win on this van, other than the Hamada/Angelina epicness, there are several nice phrases like “tayech basss 3ayech” (reckless/stray but alive) and “kazeb bas jezeb” (a liar but attractive), “3amo kifa 2omak?” (uncle/nephew/kiddo how your’s mom?) and of course, the timeless Formula 1 tag.
In English, the word is “Independence”, but in French, it’s “Indépendance” (you can Google Translate it yourself) but on the bill, French is used (since it’s a de-facto second language for Lebanon, since the French mandate after WWI) and the [D'] before it and the [cinquante mille livres] and [banque du liban] confirm it’s French, yet, the English word “independence” has been used. #facepalm
Now, I took my time before I posted this, because honestly, I couldn’t believe it was legit. I couldn’t believe such a bank note could be commissioned and OK-ed. I mean, come on, it’s nightmarish.
It looks like a badly photo-chopped school poster for history class done on MS-Paint on a Windows 95 with those ball thingies instead of a mouse. I take back anything bad I’ve ever said about our Monopoly money, I miss them already…
I’m still clinging to the hope that this is a bad joke and only 5 or so were printed of these new bills. But, we won’t know for sure till Friday when the Central Bank reopens after Ashoora, but, for now, it looks legit, and several news reporters have confirmed to me that it’s already in circulation…