Arafat wanted a postage stamp issued with his picture on it. So, he instructed his administrative people to get one put out, stressing that it should be of extremely high international quality. The stamps were created, printed, and released. Arafat was very pleased.
But within a few days of release of the prized stamp, he began hearing numerous complaints that the stamps were not sticking to envelopes, and he was furious! He called the people responsible for manufacturing the stamps, and ordered them to investigate the situation. They checked the matter out at several post offices, and they reported their findings to Arafat.
The report stated, "There is nothing wrong with the quality of the stamps. The problem seems to be that people are spitting on the wrong side."