Hebrew word of the day / Niagara

In Israel it means something other than "stunningly beautiful waterfall between America and Ontario."

In Israel it means something other than “stunningly beautiful waterfall between America and Ontario.”

Niagara Falls, straddling the border between the United States and Ontario, is one of the grandest waterfalls in the world, and boasts the speediest flow rate. Actually it’s three waterfalls, but why nitpick.

This natural phenomenon was formed eons ago as the Wisconsin Glacier receded. Water flooding from the Great Lakes carved a path through the rock on its way to the Atlantic Ocean.

Today, Niagara attracts around 20 million tourists per year. The natural wonder is also exploited to generate massive amounts of hydroelectric power.

Wonder of the world it may be, but bring up Niagara in Israel, and the reaction may be other than awe; in Israel, that is the term for a toilet’s water tank.

Yes, indeed. How and why the noble waterfalls came to lend their name to flush-toilet tanks in Israel is unclear.

Disrespectful? Maybe. But come to think about it, naming bathroom fixtures after world wonders has its charm. What about re-naming the bidet: Old Faithful?
Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

From Haaretz

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