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‘Coup Today, Gone Tomorrow’ and Other Hilarious #FakeArabProverbs

"When in Beirut, do as the Parisians do," tweets Khaled Bey under #FakeArabProverbs. Photo by:  Charbel Torbey. Copyright: Demotix

“When in Beirut, do as the Parisians do,” tweets Khaled Bey under #FakeArabProverbs. Photo by Charbel Torbey. Copyright Demotix

Reading about the Middle East can be upsetting or tiresome. To help alleviate your pain, Arab Twitter users have launched the satirical #FakeArabProverbs campaign.

Echoing the dark humor of the #PalestinianPickUpLines of last year, #FakeArabProverbs broadened its range to include lighter topics as well, such as marriage, food, family and the usual stereotypes associated with the Middle East and North Africa.

So sit back and enjoy. We hope that these pearls of Arabian ‘wisdom’ brighten your day.

Hend from ‘@LibyaLiberty‘ started it with the following tweet:

The following is a hilarious selection of some of the best ones:

For more of these, just follow the hashtag #FakeArabProverbs.

  • Maya

    Dear Joey,

    Thanks for picking up my post on #PalestinianPickUpLines. Both that and #FakeArabProverbs are epic uses of social media, exactly why it was invented. Black humor at its best.

    This one is my current favorite: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a kebab lunch and a good nap.”

    ~ Maya

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