What have these two to do in common one may ask? Actually, they describe driving in Tripoli down to a tee! You see Libyans love their harissa: it's popular in North Africa and is a paste made up principally from chillies and garlic and like many condiments of it's type comes in a range of flavours from barely perceptible to rip your throat out and burn on the way out too.
People that I know here use it to describe their mood and their attitude to things, if they say they have eaten a lot of harissa then they're hot under the collar.
Even something like filling the car is an adventure, does this pump work? is this filling station open? It's a bit like the Middle East, there's an African guy sitting at the pumps to fill your car. Something else I should tell you, it costs about 10LYD (AUD$9.9 or US$8) to fill my car, about 65 litres, so there are a few things that are cheap here. The picture shows the queue into the petrol station opposite the Thobacts hotel.
The moral of the story: Driving and harissa are a bad mix, so cool off on the ice you're trying to get delivered.!