Stories about Humor from August, 2007
Guyana: A Few Things…
From listing the things on her desk (“a pen with invisible feet”) to things she can do (“cheer up sooner rather than later”), Guyana-Gyal will put a smile on your face today.
Japan: Robot cat
James from Japan Probe reported on the a T.V commercial on the sale of robot cat in Japan. There are three youtube videos to demonstrate the robot cat's emotion.
Guyana: Dark Side of the Moon
Guyana-Gyal might have missed an eclipse…
Georgia: UFO in Abkhazia
At Steady State, rindi is amused about conflicting reports of a mysterious object falling from the sky in the breakaway province of Abkhazia. Was it a Russian or a Georgian airplane? Or a US spy drone? Or even a “cosmic object”?
Bulgaria: A Wedding
Petya of Bighead writes about her Bulgarian Orthodox church wedding – and “the ability of people to reach across cultural and language barriers.”
Kuwait: Crazy Week for Bloggers
Kuwaiti bloggers had a crazy week, which started with an earthquake, or rather a small tremor, early on Saturday morning. The next day a blogger was arrested for a comment an anonymous reader left on his online forum. The week culminated with a fire at a local hospital and the resignation of Kuwait's first female minister.
Tajikistan: Getting a haircut
John Musarra retells his ordeal of trying to get a haircut in downtown Dushanbe. Tajikistan's summers are hot, dusty and difficult to cope with. The barbershop John chose, however, proved equally difficult to cope with.
Uzbekistan: Sarcastic sociologists
Jamiyat doesn't find much else than sarcasm in a recently published opinion poll that says, above all, that the president of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, is doing an astonishingly good job.
Guyana-Gyal takes us on a tour of “whine country”…
Arabeyes: It's All in a Sign
Signs are an important means to get first-hand information or advertise messages necessary for everyday life. But what happens when the signs are misleading and don't serve the purpose they were put up for. Amira Al Hussaini takes us on a tour of blogs in the Middle East which take a closer look at signs.
Jordan: Arab-American Comedy Fun
Bakkouz from Jordan comments on a new Arab-American comedy taking the world by storm.
Bahrain: Getting Into Gear and Going All the Way…
Our topics range from the highbrow to the lowlife this week, with an exhortation to read more books from across the Arab world, a child’s misunderstanding of a word in a cartoon, and an encounter with a prostitute. A new blogger has just arrived in Bahrain, and another blogger has just returned from a holiday in Iran – where he experienced rather more than he had bargained on during a taxi ride... Read Ayesha Saldanha's take on Bahraini blogs for more.
Cayman Islands, Jamaica: Elections Predictions?
Mad Bull consults his “second favourite Tarot card reader” to determine the results of the upcoming Jamaican elections – and the results are “clear as mud”.
Japan: Crazy for a Bug
A catchy tune about a funny-looking bug that bites people's bums and makes them happy, featured regularly as filler between children's programming on the national broadcaster NHK, is catching on like crazy across Japan. In this post, read more about the thinking behind the song, reactions from Japanese bloggers, and a post from one of the creators of the clip.
Kenya: Political satire on Facebook
Kenyan political satire of Facebook: Kenyan opposition figure Raila Odinga has two facebook profiles. In one of them, his only friend appears to be the very dodgy Artur Margaryan. The other, which seems more likely to be real, says that Raila is ” Raila is Working hard to cement ODMK...
Guyana: Let There Be Light
“Yes, in these bright nights of electricity and days of sunlight, jumbies stalking we land, living jumbies with minds so dead they can’t switch on the light no more…” Guyana-Gyal finds a way to shine light on dark days.
Trinidad & Tobago: Costly Mistake
“For an event that is asking people to pay $100,000 per plate you would think that they would at least get the invitation right!” Now is Wow has a bone to pick with the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago.
Malaysia: Fun Look at Sibu
Kempua Talk takes a fun look at her hometown Sibu.
Afghan bloggers irritated by Iranian TV series
The Afghan embassy in Iran has complained about an Iranian television series on Channel 3, Char Khoone, that depicts Afghans characters as villains. Several Afghan and even Iranian bloggers have reacted to this news. Dialogue 3, an Afghan blogger, says: Since the beginning of the summer Iranian TV has aired...
Central Asia: Amusement parks
You kind of always wanted to visit the ubiquitous amusement parks in Central Asia and the Caucasus, but just never dared to go inside, right? Joshua Kucera takes you on a photo tour.
Syria: Ambassador's Summer Holiday
Syria's Ambassador to the USA Mr. Imad Mustapha, takes some time off from Washington DC, hops on a plane back to Syria and spends his summer holiday with his family water-parachuting in Latakia's Cote d'Azure. He writes about his time here.