Teh Internets “lol-qats”
posted by August 25 at 10:06 AMon
I was first introduced to the concept of ‘qat’ on my first visit to Yemen. We were travelling with family, and my father was approached by a rather enthusiastic taxi driver. As he drove around at fantastic speeds, he explained he was chewing qat and he hadn’t slept for two days. I was quite worried.
Locally, in Birmingham, the habit has been picked up again. My understanding is that the socialising habits of choice are now to chew qat, have shisha and strong coffee all at the same time. It is Halaaaaal, they proclaim, as they are off their heads.
Qat has a horrendous social impact, like any drug. Wikipedia says that 17% of income on average could be spent on Qat.
For more on qat/khat, check out Charles Mudede’s Stranger feature on its Seattle impact here.
(And thanks for the heads-up, MetaFilter.)