Sunday, August 28, 2005 


Yazan tagged me on this so here we go:

10 years ago: Skinny 13 year old. 7th or 8th grader. Quite full of myself. Doing well at school. Had the biggest cat fight with my then best friend, never liked or trusted a redhead after that :p

5 years ago: 18 years old. 1st year English Literature student. Recovering from the Baccaloria nightmare. Met one of my two best friends. Feeling a bit lost and overwhelmed by the masses of students at Damascus University. Enjoying my new found freedom.

1 year ago: Graduated from University. First trip to the U.S, had a great time there. Feeling confused about what to do next (work or study some more?, I ended up studying some more), went through some serious religious issues. Discovered my love of discovering new places.

Tomorrow: Work :( And hope it brings everything good to all whom I care about.

5 snacks I enjoy: Chocolate, Chips, Candy, Salads(think Caesar), and fruit.

5 bands/artists that I know the lyrics to most of their songs: Beatles, Abba, Kulna Sawa, Queen and Dalida.

5 things I'd do with $100,000,000: hmm...well I would give half of it to charity /build a charitable organization/help underprivileged kids get a decent education, put half of the rest in the bank at the disposal of my family, and keep the other half for myself.

5 locations I'd like to run away to: Switzerland, Morocco, England, India, and France.

5 bad habits I have: I'm messy, my sharp tongue, not getting enough sleep, I'm sometimes too nice for my own good, and worrying too much.

5 things I like doing: Listen to music, hanging out with my friends, playing computer games, going out, reading, and surfing the net.

5 thing I will never wear: Platforms, Plastic hoop earrings, any color that isn't found in nature(think neon green and pink), big gold jewelry, and a silly hat with feathers.

5 TV shows I like: The Amazing Race, Friends, Frasier, Gilmore Girls and Crossing Jordan.

5 movies I like: Life is beautiful, Harry potter movies, Lord of the Rings movies, City of Angels, and Sense and Sensibility.

5 people I'd like to meet: J.K Rowling, Oprah Winfrey, my unborn nephew ...uh can't think of another two right now.

5 biggest joys at the moment: Photography, my new found hobby, Hanging out with my friends, Going back to doing my artwork, Meeting new people at work, The prospect of having my braces taken off :D

I tag Omar, Omar a.k.a Oz, and No One

Thursday, August 25, 2005 

What's playing on your CD player?

I was feeling nostalgic the other day so I went and got 2 CDs: Dalida and Boney M. We used to listen to them as kids my siblings and I. I still remember how these songs would be playing in the car while my sister and I were fighting over who gets to sit by the window(she did). Ah those good old days …

So guys, what’s playing on your CD player these days?

Sunday, August 21, 2005 

Weird Facts

Things you didn’t know you didn’t know

It is impossible to lick your elbow.

A crocodile can't stick its tongue out.

A shrimp's heart is in its head.

In a study of 200,000 ostriches over a period of 80 years,no one reported a single case where an ostrich buried its head in the sand.

It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.

A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call.

Horses can't vomit.

The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick"is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.

If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib.If you try to suppress a sneeze,you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die.If you keep your eyes open by force,they can pop out.

If the US government has no knowledge of aliens,then why does Title 14, Section 1211of the Code of Federal Regulations,implemented on July 16, 1969,make it illegal for U.S. citizens to have any contact with extraterrestrials or their vehicles?

In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.

A duck's quack doesn't echo,and no one knows why.

23% of all photocopier faults worldwide are caused by people sitting on them and photocopying their butts.

Most lipstick contains fish scales.

Like fingerprints,everyone's tongue print is different.

Over 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow.

Mosquito repellents don't repel. They hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito's sensors so they don't know you're there.

You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.

Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are fifty years of age or older.

The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley's gum.

The king of hearts is the only king without a mustache.

American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating 1 olive from each salad served in first-class.

Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.

Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin.

The first owner of the Marlboro Company died of lung cancer.

Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.

Walt Disney was afraid of mice.

Pearls melt in vinegar.

The three most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca-Cola, and Budweiser, in that order.

It is possible to lead a cow upstairs...but not downstairs.

The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.

Turtles can breathe through their butts.

Butterflies taste with their feet.

In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all of the world's nuclear weapons combined.

Ninety percent of New York City cabbies are recently arrived immigrants.

Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.

Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

A snail can sleep for three years.

No word in the English language rhymes with "MONTH.

"Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing. SCARY!!!

The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

All polar bears are left handed.

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.

"Go," is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

If Barbie were life-size, her measurements would be 39-23-33. She would stand seven feet, two inches tall. Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.

Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

Donald Duck's middle name is Fauntleroy.

A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.

If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.

Friday, August 12, 2005 

The Street Called Straight, Damascus

I found this photo of Souq El Taweel, or Midhat Pasha (also known as the Street Called Straight) at the US Historical Archive website. But I don't know what year was it taken in.

Street called Straight

"The street called Straight is straighter than a corkscrew, but not as straight as a rainbow. St. Luke is careful not to commit himself; he does not say it is the street which is straight, but "the street which is called Straight." It is the only facetious remark in the Bible,I believe."

Mark Twain The Innocents Abroad , 1869


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