Lebanon Interesting Facts
- The Phoenicians, the ancient
Lebanese, were the first to develop an alphabetic script in 1100 B.C.
They did so to facilitate their prosperous trade further.
- The Phoenicians sailors were the
first to explore the coasts of West Africa and Britain in 1000 B.C.
- Lebanon is the only country in the
Middle East that does not have a desert
- On January 22, 1976, a guerrilla
force blasted into the vaults of the British Bank of the Middle East in Bab
Idriss, cleaning out the contents of the safe deposit. The boxes of cash and
other valuables were estimated by former finance minister Lucien Dahdah at
$50 million. It was the single most lucrative bank robbery in history,
occurring during the worst civil unrest period ever in Beirut, Lebanon.
Well, here is a fiction joke about the fact of Lebanon's
creation. No offense! :-)
On the sixth day, God turned to the Angels and said:
"Today, I am going to create a land called Lebanon, it will be a land of
outstanding natural beauty. It shall have tall majestic mountains full of snow,
beautiful sparkling lakes cutting forests full of all kinds of trees, high
cliffs overlooking sandy beaches with an abundance of sea life."
God continued, "I shall make the land rich so to make the inhabitants
prosper, I shall call these inhabitants Lebanese, and they shall be known as the
most friendly people on earth." "But Lord", asked the Angels,
"don't you think you are being too
generous to the Lebanese? "Not really", replied God, "just wait
and see the neighbors I am going to give them!"