Monday, January 11, 2010

Whose hummus reigns supreme? Battle of the chickpeas gets nasty.

As many of you know, there has been a long and heated battle raging for decades -- nay centuries -- in the Middle East, a battle of epic proportions over a very sticky subject. I am, of course, referring to the Middle East Hummus Wars, being waged between Lebanon and Israel.

"People actually call me from Lebanon on a regular basis just to say that their hummus is better," Jawadat Ibrahim Ibrahim, an Arab-Israeli restaurant owner told CNN. "If you live in the Middle East, before you've learnt to talk, you've learnt to love hummus -- so I just want the world to know that mine is the best."

Which is why this past Friday, Ibrahim and a group of fellow hummus-loving Arab-Israelis from the village of Abu Gosh launched a counter-hummus offensive, creating the world's largest plate of hummus, weighing in at just over four tons.

Per a CNN report:
There was so much hummus that the only "bowl" able to hold the ocean of dip was a satellite dish six meters in diameter, kindly provided by a local telecommunications company.
Despite their victory, it is doubtful that the Israelis will hold the hummus record for long as a group of Lebanese chefs, who previously held the hummus record, have already sworn vengeance.

To which I say, just remember what happens when you fight hummus with... well, hummus:

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