Anderson Cooper was on David Letterman's "Late Show" on Wednesday, and he talked about being attacked in Egypt last week.
"I don't recommend it," he told Letterman. "I'd never been punched in the head before."
Cooper continued his recent pattern of very tough talk about the government of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. He said the regime has been "continuously lying" to people throughout the uprising, that the people who attacked him were a group of "thugs" organized by the government, and that the Egyptian people are simply demanding "basic rights" from a "dictator."
Cooper also revealed that his limited Arabic got the better of him during the attack. He thought he was saying "peace" to his attackers, but it turned out he was actually using the Arabic term for "God willing." He called the slip "sort of stupid."
Letterman asked Cooper if he thought he'd been targeted because of his fame. Cooper said he didn't think his attackers "particularly" knew who he was. Letterman pointed out that, even so, Cooper has a distinctive look about him. "You...just standing on a corner, call attention to yourself," he said.
"Yes, I'm like a newt who's emerged from underneath a rock," Cooper joked back. "'Look for the pale, skinny, gray-haired man.' Not too hard to identify."
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