"Ana raicha Al Qaeda" is colloquial for "I'm going to the toilet". A very common and widespread use of the word "Al- Qaeda" in different Arab countries in the public language is for the toilet bowl. This name comes from the Arabic verb "Qa'ada" which means "to sit" pertinently on the "Toilet Bowl". In most Arabic homes there are two kinds of toilets: "Al-Qaeda", also called the "Hamam Franji" or foreign toilet, and "Hamam Arabi" or "Arab toilet" which is a hole in the ground. Lest we forget it, the potty used by small children is called "Ma Qa'adia" or "Little Qaeda".
So, if you were forming a terrorist group, would you call yourself "The Toilet"?
Physicist, author, father, explorer. NICK HERBERT is the author of three popular physics books Quantum Reality, Faster Than Light and Elemental Mind. He played a prominent oart in the early Boulder Creek BistroScene poetry movement which resulted in two chapbooks Physics on All Fours and Harlot Nature. Nick was the Fringe Science editor for Berkeley-based Mondo 2000 and in featured in David Jay Brown's Mavericks of the Mind and David Kaiser's How the Hippies Saved Physics.