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Oh, The Places You'll Probably Never go: St. Helena

St. Helena is one of the most remote places on earth, located basically in the middle of nowhere, west of Angola in the South Atlantic. With no airport it is the perfect hide out if you need to be cut of from the world for a bit. However, it is still hard to get there.

How I got there:

I ended up on St. Helena accidentally. Some years ago I had hitchhiked to South Africa from the North of Norway (I’ll write more about that trip another time.) When I finished the journey I just hung out in Cape Town for a while. That’s where I met Mr. Dan, at an afterparty. He told me he was travelling on a sailboat due to cross the Atlantic as soon as they found an extra crew and since I was so tired of the road, I thought I’d join them and become a sailor. I wouldn’t have to see road for weeks!

The next day I didn’t even remember Dan’s nam... [more]

By @mrmatias
Is Twitter Becoming Too Serious for The Middle East

We used to tweet anything, and then laugh about it and just say: Haha it’s just twitter, it’s not like it’s going to get us in trouble or really make an impact… Well those days are over now that a man was sentenced to 5 years in prison in Kuwait for what must have been the most extremely insulting tweet of all times.

Although I haven’t seen the tweet, it is hard to believe that it could be so insulting it justifies 5 years behind bars. Let’s assume the tweet was fully loaded and contained all 140 characters. That would mean this very unlucky tweep got about 12.5 days in jail for every character. If he had written a letter he would have been gone for life!

Also, do you get longer sentences if you have many followers? Will the Emir pardon you if you have less than 30 followers? Not to mention how they are going to calculate sentences for re-tweets or favorite... [more]

By @mrmatias

It was already almost impossible for us at 2Famous.TV to get modeling jobs in Israel due to the lack of transportation and political problems between these places. And with the new rules against skinny models, it seems like the last air was drawn out of that balloon. At least for me.

The Israelis have banned models with a BMI index lower than 18.5 in a national campaign to end models starving themselves and promote extremely unhealthy physiques. After a hard year of acting, with roles like a prophet and a kidnapped hostage, I have managed a light weight, but my BMI has therefore sunk down to somewhere between 18.1 and 18.4.

Jobs from Israel haven’t been an issue so far in my career and if this trend doesn’t, against all odds, spread north I will be untouched by the new rules. I mean if Israel is the first country to implement it, then we can be sure Lebanon will be the last, right? G... [more]

By @mrmatias
How Mona Abu Hamze's Feet Introduced us to Lebanon's Foot Fetish Club

Even if the Lebanese are among the most beautiful people on earth, Lebanon has long been famous for boob jobs and plastic surgerys.

That doesn’t mean that we are not surprised to see that more and more people are discovering 2famous.TV with the search term “Mona Abou Hamzes feet”. And after some research we found out that Monas’ feet are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Lebanese foot fetish.

For every year that 2famous graces the spaces of the internet, we publish a list of the most bizaare and surprising keywords people type into search engines and land on our website. This year the terms you searched for on Google et.al. astounded us a bit but took us to corners of the internet we had yet to explore. In fact, many of our readers fell upon us by searching for Mona Abu Hamze’s feet – a phrase we could not ignore.

Mona was fea... [more]

By @mrmatias
The Backpackers Guide to Beirut

Listen, before you let your family and friends dissuade you from travelling to the beautiful but slightly schizophrenic city that is Beirut, Lebanon, let us first give you a complete idea of what you’d be missing out on.

The tragic and tumultuous image is out there, yes, but it is something Lebanon struggles to rid itself of. We at 2famous have tried our best to normalize the otherwise stigmatized image that the Western media has fed us over the past decades.

When we first came here Beirut was listed as the No.1 travel destination by both New York Times and Lonely Planet. Now, three years later, with war in Syria a never ending “Spring” on every front and the occasional bomb, Beirut is not really the hottest destination for tourists anymore. That’s why the Lebanese government even launched a campaign [more]
By 2famousTV
Norwegians disguised as Lebanese at Scandinavian festival in New Mexico, USA

Very funny video from the festival!

During a Norwegian festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico, me and Mr Web disguised as Lebanese Radio reporters and interviewed the Americans about Norway. The audience are actually beeing interviewed for Norwegian Radio. It was a strange undercover mission and we learned a lot of crazy stuff about Norway.

This video is a part of a longer road movie from this Article.

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By @mrmatias
One Movie & 66 Pix from Route 66

Epic Roadtrip Movie Staring Webjørn Espeland from Nrk and Matias Nordahl Carlsen from 2Famous.TV

During the 6000 km road-trip along Route 66 we talked to homeless people, meet an ex-arsonist, pretended we were Lebanese working for Radio Lebanon, and shot big guns. America is just as crazy as I always thought it was. The roads are huge and there are plenty of burger joints. The beer is absolutely better than its reputation with microbrewery’s popping up almost anywhere. Even the criminals are friendly and welcoming and the police let us of with a warning when we were caught speeding. The media is crazy and the information people have about the Middle East is normally punchlines picked up from Fox News.

For me personally Hollywood was an enormous disappointment. When I went to Universal Studios to tell them I was ready to work, they wanted me to pay money to enter the area. God knows that would not have happened in Beirut. After that I tried to call Napoleon Dynamite’s Aunt. Twice. And she still didn’t pick up. But I did meet one of the most famous Leba... [more]

By @mrmatias

After 10 days and more than 2000 miles on the road we finally reached the Grand Canyon. The views are amazing and it is easy to understand why the site was considered holy by many Indian tribes in the area. The Canyon is so deep it is hard to spot the Colorado River in the bottom. During more than 17 million years this river has dug itself down and made the Canyon what it is today.

I put on my blue party suit and checked it out!

Everyone has their own pose while visiting the Grand Canyon.

On our way down from the Grand Canyon we saw some Indigenous People w... [more]

By @mrmatias

Oklahoma comes from the indiginous language Choctaw and means red people. In this Native American trading post we only found a Mexican and souvenirs, made in china. We spent the night in Elk city before we crossed the border to Texas. Here are some pics from the trip.

A couple of horses in Oklahoma.

The dude to the right went to school with Roger “King of the Road” Miller. He says Roger Miller was a crazy kid.

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By @mrmatias

We’ve been driving for two days down Route 66 and already passed 2 different cities called Lebanon. Yesterday we passed Lebanon in Missouri so I had to take a look.

It was actually one of the nicer towns I have seen so far in the US, but the people there told me their city had no relations to Lebanon in the Middle East. Personally I find that hard to believe since the two names are spelled exactly the same… What do you guys think?

After Lebanon we left Missouri for a warmer and more exotic location: Kansas. We passed Joplin where a tornado killed 160ish people last year and destroyed parts of the city.

Then we entered Oklahoma and passed the village of Picher. ... [more]

By @mrmatias
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