Friday, February 17, 2006

Taking the Danish

Next time you find yourself in downtown Tehran, just make sure you don't ask for a Danish pastry as you're likely to be on the receiving end of a perplexed look.

Iran has taken to venting its anger over the publication of those cartoons one step further. Having already decided to stoke the flames of over-reaction by cutting commercial ties with Denmark, boycotts and demonstrations, fire has now turned on the humble breakfast-time treat.

 On the heels of Americans renaming French fries cheese-eating surrender monkey fries… no wait that's not right, I mean, of course, Freedom Fries, the Iranians are picking up the renaming baton.

From now on, your delectable Danish will be known as "Roses of the Prophet Muhammad".

It's not quite as catchy is it? While its' usual to ask for a Danish, asking for Roses or a Prophet could end in all sort of problems.

According to reports, one of Tehran's most popular bakeries, Danish Pastries, covered up the word "Danish" on its sign with a black banner emblazoned "Oh Hussein" – referring to a martyred Shiite saint.

As others have pointed out, Hans Christian Anderson had better watch out. Posted by Picasa


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