Over the past two months, people in Lebanon have been through a whirlwind of emotions in response to the ongoing revolution. We've experienced rage, despair, and a whole lot of confusion; but it hasn't been all somber.
Every once in a while, we experience an adrenaline rush while partaking in revolutionary events and sense some pride in the milestones achieved thus far. And when all else fails, the limitless supply of humorous online content is bound to give our serotonin levels a much-needed boost.
Despite the tense political climate, us Lebanese have kept our humor intact and risen above the hardships with an impeccable sense of satire — one might say it's one of our many national superpowers. The interwebs have been flooded with jokes and memes that add a funny twist to the national turmoil and lighten up our distressing timelines.
Among the revolution's many humorous offerings is the Twitter account dedicated to the Lebanese pound (lira).
Recent events, coupled with previous economic and political shortcomings, have taken their toll on the value of the national currency. One Twitter user decided to tackle the country's collapsing economy with humor through an account simply titled "Lebanese Lira."
The account tweets in the first person, giving birth to a virtual mouthpiece for the lira. She is a sassy, moody attention-seeker who makes pop culture references like a pro.
Without any further ado, here are 15 of the lira's most iconic tweets:
1. She's equal parts wise old woman...
"Every rise is followed by a fall."
2. And spoiled brat
3. Tongue-in-cheek humor is totally her thing
4. And so is brutal honesty
"Q: Are you still the same person you were three years ago?
A: My love, I've even changed since yesterday. Bring on the next question, please."
5. Who doesn't like a poetic gal?
"Today is Halloween and I'm still collapsing."
6. She sure knows how to keep things interesting
7. Her take on lullabies would give grownups serious nightmares
8. She's not on the best terms with her family
9. Say what you will about her, at least she's sympathetic
"I'm worried about you guys: If I settle on a weird exchange rate (like 1,850 or 1,950), how will you manage to make your calculations instantly while paying?"
10. She always makes time for self-reflection
"Every time I remember how cheap I've become."
11. But still leaves room for a little bit of vanity
"Can you please change the card's design? It makes me look ugly."