Monday, July 6, 2009

Conflict-Free Israeli Gems is a non-profit educational foundation with a mission to focus media and public attention on the 21st century Israel that exists beyond the conflict; a description I shamelessly ripped from their website. They focus on the innovations in science, technology, art, music, and much more, coming from Israel today. Of course the conflict can't be totally ignored (especially by the mainstream American media), but it's always nice to hear about how Israel is contributing to the world outside of fighting terror. is a great portal site for everything Israel, and I highly recommend you check it out.

The site even has a 'Did you Know?' page which lists dozens of factoids detailing Israel's accomplishments. I've handpicked a few to list here to whet your appetite (with my comments in parentheses):
  • Israel annually exports more than 1.5 billion flowers to the US and Europe (thus freeing countless husbands and boyfriends from sleepless nights on the couch.)
  • An Israeli company has developed the world's first video ringtones for cell phones - the Vringo (so now we get to hear and see Soulja Boy when our phones ring?!)
  • Bill Gates called Israel a major player in the high tech world (which is equivalent to Al Pacino calling you a major player in yelling.)
  • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers was produced by Haim Saban, an Israeli whose family fled persecution in Egypt (is this really something to brag about?)
  • Most of the Windows NT operating system was developed by Microsoft-Israel (if it would have been Vista, this doesn't make the list.)
  • An Israeli doctor claims that he has succeeded in developing a female equivalent to Viagra called Sheagra (too much humor potential here, best to leave it alone.)
  • An Israeli study has shown that anger may trigger strokes (while a separate, 1-subject study found that anger may trigger a transformation into a giant, green, humanoid monster)
And that's just the beginning, be sure to view the complete list here, sans commentary. Enjoy!

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