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Will Hummus Cause Economic Armageddon????



October 31, 2009 – Comments (7)

Battles over the origins of hummus have raged across the Middle East for generations, with Israelis and Lebanese arguing over which group can claim rights to the first ever recipe and who makes the precious dip better. Recently, however, the war has reached new heights.

In downtown Beirut on October 24, 300 Lebanese chefs mixed up a 4,532-pound batch of hummus and topped it with a Lebanese flag, setting the new Guinness World Record for the largest hummus platter.

The record was set at a recent event called “Come and Fight for Your Bite, You Know You’re Right!” The organizer, Fady Jreissati, told The Associated Press, “Lebanon is trying to win a battle against Israel by registering this new Guinness World Record and telling the whole world that hummus is a Lebanese product, it’s part of our traditions.”

The original record for the largest hummus dish was set by Israeli hummus company Sabra in 2007 in New York City. According to Humus101, the leading hummus blog, this record was superseded by another Israeli company, Hummus Tzabar, in 2008 in Jerusalem’s outdoor market, Mahaneh Yehudah.

Lebanon’s Association of Lebanese Industrialists is taking the recent clash seriously, seeking to copyright the food and stop Israeli companies from marketing the dish overseas as Israeli, citing a 2002 European Union case which decided feta cheese must be from Greece to be labeled feta in the E.U.

Will Israel invade Lebanon to defend it's Chummus heritage?  Why else is it assembling troops along the Lebanese boarder?  Will the Lebanese fire back with Falafal Balls or the proper spelling of Hummus???

Will it escalate into a regional conflict drawing in Iran, Syria and others???

Will the U.S.. Russia, and China enter into the mix???  Who will bring the Tahini???  Maybe the Palistinians???

While the origins of hummus remain unknown, Lebanon and Israel have new competition: A recent Arabic-language cookbook from Ramallah claims that the dish is originally Palestinian.

Who coulda thunk....the collapse of the world's economy arguing over hummus....and identified as such by Alstrynomics.

Stay tuned...things could get really hot if CIT goes bankrupt this weekend....there is little doubt it is a lender to some Middle Eastern food companies and Israeli clothing manufactuers.

7 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On October 31, 2009 at 6:07 PM, kirkydu (90.29) wrote:

nice, lol, hmmm, could they blow up the world over a mediocre dip, I hope not.

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#2) On October 31, 2009 at 6:10 PM, alstry (< 20) wrote:

It seems to be getting our attention:

BEIRUT: The US Special Coordinator for Lebanon warned on Friday that any further security breaches from Lebanon and Israel could lead to a resumption of hostilities between the two nations. Michael Williams’ statement voicing concern over Tuesday’s exchange of rocket fire across the Blue Line came amid media reports that Lebanon’s ambassador to the UN claimed Israel was planning a “vast attack” on the country. 

Following a meeting with Hizbullah international relations head Ammar Musawi, Williams condemned the latest rocket attacks. 

“We remain very concerned by the incidents that have taken place in south Lebanon,” he said and added that any similar event “could easily destabilize the situation in the area and increase the threat of potential conflict.”  Report this comment
#3) On October 31, 2009 at 6:13 PM, jddubya (< 20) wrote:

LOL - You should try to get a gig as a stand up comedian!  You certainly aren't getting the respect you expect on this site.

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#4) On October 31, 2009 at 7:09 PM, alstry (< 20) wrote:

Who is looking for respect.....I am just trying to see how addicted I can make you to my far pretty good don't you think??

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#5) On October 31, 2009 at 7:14 PM, hendrixtrader (< 20) wrote:

Didnt Colbert do this the other night on his show?

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#6) On October 31, 2009 at 7:20 PM, alstry (< 20) wrote:

Not sure...But I am sure he hasn't done anything on Zombulation Nation yet.......

Maria Maior's son is a football-playing, skateboard-riding, Xbox-loving kid whose home reveals all the trappings of domesticity: a cushy sofa, big-screen TV, a framed poster of Brian Urlacher -- one of the 12-year-old's favorite football players. On most evenings, two big dogs curl up on the carpeting.

The scene could be lifted from any suburban subdivision -- except that it's located not in a den, but in a storage unit.

The boy moved into the 10-foot-by-25-foot bunker about two months ago with his mom and her fiance, after a long run of bad luck and the loss of both of their jobs. His mother didn't not want his name used for this article. "As long as I have my parents, I'm fine with this," Maior's son said of the accommodations. "It's really not that bad."

School district officials said the boy is one of a record number of area students living in motels, campgrounds, shelters, cars and, yes, storage facilities.

According to recently released data, McHenry County's homeless enrollment increased by 125 percent from the 2007-08 school year to the 2008-09 school year -- the biggest hike in the six-county metropolitan area. Schools in Kane (85 percent), Will (61 percent), DuPage (53 percent), Lake (44 percent) and suburban Cook (24 percent) counties also posted their largest increases, reflecting the surge in foreclosures and unemployment. Early reports indicate that the trend has continued this fall, with numbers spiraling even higher.

"These are not people in cardboard boxes," said Maggie Dempsey, homeless liaison coordinator for School District U-46, which covers 11 communities in the northwest suburbs. "These are the people next door.",0,7967162.story

At this rate of distress acceleration....important decisions will have to be made soon.

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#7) On October 31, 2009 at 10:02 PM, dickseacup (< 20) wrote:

Baba Ghannouj kicks the crap out of hummus. Just sayin'.

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