Stories about Humor from November, 2006
Poland: On Borat, Election, and Russia
The beatroot writes on Borat's Polish connection, a hungover election official, and the current “Polish-Russian meat war.”
China: golden Mao
Shang_kenneth from Shanghaiist reports that a 7 metre high statue of Chairman Mao has been recently erected in Changsha. It is a prelude to Mao's birthday next month.
The Week That Was in Bahrain
More than 300,000 Bahrainis went to the polls on Saturday to elect 40 Municipal Councillors and another 40 Members of Parliament. This is the second time Bahrainis vote in their modern history, after sweeping reforms initiated in 2002. According to official records, seventy-two per cent of the eligible voters took...
Dubai's Spice Bazaar to be Disneyfied!
Dubai's spice market (suq) is being Disneyfied, says Secret Dubai Diary. He has come to the conclusion after hearing from one of the stall keepers that the traditional bazaar will have a roof!
Senegal: Criteria for Recruiting Ministers?
Senegalais Frustre at Blog Politique du Senegal has an unexpected theory about how ministers are recruited in Senegal (Fr): “When [Prime Minister] Macky Sall promises maximal efficiency of our ministers, does that mean that we are going to have an international golf team or an olympic champion in paper crumpling…”
Guyana: Every stale bread?
Turns out that the local ne'er-do-well is one of Guyana-Gyal's admirers. . . .
Guyana: New styles in political talk
Stella Ramsaroop introduces some of the latest additions to the repertoire of rhetorical styles in Guyanese politics, including “Ramotarian dialect”, “Persaudian Grandstanding” and “Ramsaroopian Hyperbole”.
Israel: Driving Shimon Peres
Benji Lovitt from Tel Aviv spent two days driving former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres while on a visit to Atlanta, US.
Croatia: The Angry Baba
The Glory of Carniola posts audio of an old lady cursing violently in Croatian – and a music video created from the soundbite.
China: harmony rights
The President of China University of Political Science and Law claimed that harmony rights is the fourth generation human rights concept, the first three stages are: liberation, survival and development (zh). Wang Xiao feng said that such claim looks like a political spoof (zh).
Malaysia: Timid Response to Australian Insult
Blueheeler is disappointed by the timid response by Malaysian ministers timid response to an Australian journalist's critical article on Malaysia. The blogger misses the days when Mahathir was the prime minister and the world was treated to frequent bouts of verbal fights between him and former Australian prime minister Paul...
The Turkish Invasion compares Russian and Turkish hairdressers.
Image from Mali: Transporting Sheep
Flickr photo blogger Johanne Veilleux posts this shot taken in Siby, Mali and writes (Fr): “Yep, these are indeed sheep attached to the bus’ roof.”
Serbia: Political Parties
On the eve of an election, Dictionary of the Serbian Mess reviews Serbian political parties.
Serbia: Hiding From the Rain
Dictionary of the Serbian Mess posts a hilarious entry on how sometimes it is safer to get soaked than try to hide from the rain next to those old, crumbling buildings.
Former Yugoslavia: Album Cover
The Glory of Carniola posts the “Great Yugoslav Album Covers, Part 16.”
Costa Rica on Arias, Sabina and CAFTA
Costa Rican blogs these past two weeks have had a bit of CAFTA, a bit of music and some complaints on the roads and the trash. The latter two are issues that worry those out in the streets and seem to leave those in power unconcerned. The uproar on the...
Lebanon: Campaigns, Politics and Photos
A wide variety of topics were highlighted in the Lebanese blogosphere this week. There are campaigns against sectarianism, child abuse and AIDS as well as minorities speaking out. There are attempts to define the shades of grey in internal Lebanese politics. We also have posts about the media, nice photos...
Africa: protecting your slippers
How do you protect your slippers from being stolen? Maisha posts a photo with an answer.
Lemuel of Deleted by Tomorrow agrees that “the main sport practiced by Slovaks is jealousy.”
Moldova: Two Vivid Scenes
Adventures in Moldova describes two situations witnessed in the capital Chisinau, both pretty vivid.