McArabia

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Just found out the McArabia is called the Grilled Chicken Foldover outside the Gulf. Was a crappy name.. [Link]


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Good News for Aramex Customers

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Just got back from Aramex, first good news is the guy who used to collect money has been relocated to another branch and Shop and Ship customers no longer have to deal with him. Seems a lot of people complained about him. Second good news is they will be moving from Emirates airlines to Kuwait Airways which means packages will arrive to Kuwait faster AND they will be going back to mailing out packages 3 times a week instead of 2 which they are doing now.


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Baseball Field

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I found a Baseball field in Kuwait.. with grass!! [Link]


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Personal Rapid Transit… in Kuwait

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prt

Just read this article in Arab Times where they are talking about building a rail system in Kuwait in preparation for the major traffic congestion we will be facing in the upcoming future. Now the cool thing in the article is they are proposing the futuristic Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) to connect major buildings. It was the first time I had heard about it so I did a bit of research and this thing is like super cool. Its like mini trains that hold around 4 people for example, and if you are say at the main NBK branch in Kuwait City and you want to go to Souk Sharq for lunch, instead of taking the car you just hop into one of these tiny air conditioned capsules and tell it to go to Souk Sharq and it will take you. This system just requires major buildings to be connected via tracks and you no longer need to your car to travel from your building to another down the street. Here is a link with more information on PRT. [Link]


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Pizza Italia

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Pizza Italia

Was talking to a friend of mine and he was surprised to hear the Pizza Italia is still open. So incase you guys didn’t know, Pizza Italia IS still open. I know of 2 branches, one in Bayan next to McDonalds, and one in Hawalli nearly opposite Mouhalab Mall. There phone numbers are 538-7798 and 266-7711. They deliver, the Large sized pizza with everything on it (called the God Father) is for only KD1.500


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World Trade Center Survivors

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An article on WIRED brings to light the sad truth about the people who survived the World Trade Center attacks. The majority of the survivors were the ones who ignored officials’ orders to stay put… “According to the engineers, use of elevators in the early phase of the evacuation, along with the decision to not stay put, saved roughly 2,500 lives.” [Link]


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Is it dangerous to hold in a sneeze?

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I hold 90% of my sneezes but people keep telling me its not good to do so. So I decided to do a quick search on this issue and it turns out holding a sneeze doesn’t inflict physical internal damage. The worse that could happen is I would get an infection.

“Have you ever tried to hold in a sneeze? Here’s why you shouldn’t: A sneeze is your nose’s way of keeping things like dust, pollen and bacteria from being inhaled. These are given the boot by being forced out of your nose at terrific speeds — over 100 mph. If you try to prevent a sneeze by pinching your nose closed or holding your breath, you’re creating tremendous pressure. That pressure can force bacteria from your nose back into your sinus cavities or your ears — and the result could aggravate an underlying infection.”

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Update: Tawateeto just commented the following: hey my dads a doctor, i asked him and he said these effects r very rare, the infection is very rare and comes after a very long time, but he says holding it in can bother u for the same reason u wrote, some ppl also think if u open ur eyes while sneezing ur eyes pop out, but thats total crap they just shift in position and u can actually never manage to open ur eyes while sneezing unless ur holding them open its a very strong natural reflex


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How to Talk to an Artist

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This cool link will take you to an editorial which gives you some tips when dealing with an artist. For example never ask the artist “Is this finished?” Just assume a work is finished—unless told otherwise. [Link]


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The End of the Sub Club

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Subway is ending its long-running Sub Club promotion due to the prevalence of counterfeit stamps. With every sub you buy at Subway they give you stamps. Every 8 stamps gets you a free 6inch sub. Due to increasing counterfeiting Subway has decided to stop the Sub Club promotion. Checking ebay you can find over 200 auctions for Subway Club cards! So starting June 30th, your Sub Club will be useless, so use them now. [Link]


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Amwaj Building Behind Starbucks Salmiya

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You know the new apartment building behind Starbucks in Salmiya called Amwaj? Well here are the apartment prices:

Floors 1 to 4:
3 Bedroom Flat = KD1100 per month
4 Bedroom Flat = KD1300 per month

For every floor over 4 add KD100 per month. For example the 3 bedroom flat on the 7th floor would cost you KD1400 per month.


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