For a culture that has yet to discover toilet paper, this is no surprise


Who would have guessed?

Who would have guessed?

Tallest building in Arab world shares a feature with its smaller kin: forgot the sewage system. The accumulated camel dung must be removed by truck, thousands of tons a day. “Oops! Well never mind; next year in Jerusalem” says the building’s chief architect Mufthafi Ahmed.


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13 responses to “For a culture that has yet to discover toilet paper, this is no surprise

  1. Fred2

    Ok, so 2 millenia ago or more, the basics of civil engineering ( sewage and fresh water sub-section) were thought out and implemented by the ancient Romans on a grand urban scale in the vast majority of their cities and towns, to the point where some their works are STILL working.

    1300 years ago arab Muslims burst out of the Arabian peninsula and conquer a large fraction of this ancient world and are exposed to ancient civilizations which have been running urban centers for many centuries using sewage and water infrastructure that is solid, simple and effective.

    The Gulf arabs build a new city in modern times and manage not to put in a effective sewage system.

    Ok, that’s kind of sad.

    • TheWizard

      Sad? I think it’s hilarious, especially when I envisioned a hole cut neatly in each floor vertically aligned…….

    • Greenwich Old Timer

      Fred2’s comments brought to mind a strong visual memory from an otherwise fantastic trip to Egypt two Januaries ago (we left just before the rioting began in earnest). While on a trip outside of Cairo to see some lesser-known ancient ruins, we drove through a squalid neighborhood where the women stood in line for their daily government-issued flatbread while the “men” smoked and drank dark coffee outside what few stores there were. What especially bothered us was the fact that the ingeniously planned system of canals (presumably for drainage/sanitation purposes) built milennia ago were chockablock full of sewage and dead animals whose bloated bellies were clearly visible in what passed for water. Our lovely Egyptian (non-Arab) female guide tried to put a good face on the situation, but it was impossible to ignore the sad fact that Egypt is beyond repair in almost every way. The problems and population are well past the tipping point.

  2. Anonymous

    A sex therapist is travelling through the Middle East getting data on goat-sex.First he visits Mahmud, an Iraqi goat herder on the outskirts of Baghdad. “Tell me” he says, “What method do you use for goat sex?” Mahmud replies, “Well I trap her head in a fig bush then attack from behind”.Next, the therapist goes to Egypt and visits Amar who works on the banks of the Nile, and asks him the same question. “Well” says Amar, I push her into the mud and when her back legs are stuck strong I grab her from behind and give it to her real good.”
    Finally he Visits Abdul in the Gaza strip and again asks the same question. Abdul answers, “”I stick her left front leg over my right shoulder and her right front leg over my left shoulder and as she stands on her back legs facing me …”

    “Hold on” interrupts the researcher, “this is unusual”. “Unusual?” asks Abdul, “In what way?”

    “Well,” says the researcher, “all the other Arabs take the goat from behind, none of them face the sheep”

    “What”! exclaims Abdul, “No kissing?”

  3. Anonymous

    •70% of Palestinian males say they enjoy sex in the shower; the other 30% haven’t been to prison yet.

  4. Anonymous

    Ahmed’s wife, unhappy with his mood swings, bought him one of those mood rings so she could monitor his mood.

    She discovered that when Ahmed is in a good mood, it turns green and, when he’s in a bad mood, it leaves a big f*cking red mark on her forehead

  5. Anonymous

    In Iraq, why don’t they teach driver’s education and sex education on the same day?

    Its just too hard for the camels…

  6. Anonymous

    How many Palestinians does it take to change a light bulb?

    None, they prefer to sit in the dark and blame it on the Jews.

    How many Arabs does it take to change a roll of toilet paper?

    What’s toilet paper?

  7. Anonymous

    Little Zachary, a Jewish kid, was doing very badly in math. His parents had tried everything: tutors, mentors, flash cards, special learning centers, in short, everything they could think of to help his math!

    Finally, in a last ditch effort, they took Zachary down and enrolled him in the local Catholic school.

    After the first day, little Zachary came home with a very serious look on his face. He didn’t even kiss his mother hello. Instead,
    he went straight to his room and started studying. Books and papers were spread out all over the room and little Zachary was
    hard at work. His mother was amazed. She called him down to dinner, to her shock, the minute he was done, he marched
    back to his room without a word, and in no time, he was back hitting the books as hard as before.

    This went on for some time, day after day while the mother tried to understand what made all the difference. Finally, little
    Zachary brought home his report card. He quietly laid it on the table, went up to his room, and hit the books. With great
    trepidation, his mom looked at it and to her great surprise, little Zachary got an “A” in math.

    She could no longer hold her curiosity. She went to his room and said: “Son, what was it? Was it the nuns?”

    Little Zachary looked at her and shook his head, no.

    “Well, then,” she replied, “Was it the books, the discipline, the structure, the uniforms? WHAT was it?”

    Little Zachary looked at her and said, “Well, on the first day of school, when I saw that guy nailed to the plus sign, I knew
    they weren’t screwing around.”

  8. Anonymous

    Why aren’t there any arabs on Star Trek?
    They won’t work in the future either!