Sometimes the joy of newly wedded bliss is just too much for Middle Eastern men to take in. You can understand why they’d be so pumped after seeing their best bud rack up wife number four. Unlike their western brethren, though, who celebrate a friend strapping on the ball and chain by rocking out to the electric slide and the chicken dance, Saudi dudes would rather break out some ordnance and launch a volley or two into the night sky . . .
But the fun of firing wildly into the air doesn’t come without a little risk. From aljazeera.com:
At least 25 people have been killed by electric shock in a wedding in eastern Saudi Arabia, civil defence officials and local media say. Celebratory gunfire brought down an electric cable at a house in Ain Badr village where the wedding was held on Tuesday night, Abdullah Khashman, an Eastern Province official, said.
And in true New York Times fashion, women and children were hardest hit.
Some Saudi media reports said the blaze erupted inside a tent, killing at least 23 women and children. The kingdom’s conservative codes require genders to be separated at most public events, including weddings.
So if you’re ever invited to a wedding in Riyadh, you may want to consider ducking out after the ceremony. Just sayin’.