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Saturday, May 30, 2021

I’ll never claim to know the ins and outs of wedding etiquette, but this situation, which a friend just related to me today, just doesn’t seem right:

A local bride-to-be is calling up everyone on her invite list who declined, and asking for them to return the mailed invitations they got — so she can re-use them for sending out to a second wave of prospective guests. Apparently, the price of a second full print-run is a little too steep, so this is how the bride’s looking to defray costs.

Seems tacky. It’s one thing to recycle the paper from old, leftover invites, and quite another to beg for them back from people who had to beg off in the first place. Might was well just email the remaining guestlist.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 05/30/2009 07:31pm
Category: Society
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Figuring that what worked in wartime would work in courtship, Iraqi men are using their bomb-making skills to land a bride:

The authorities call it a “love I.E.D.,” or improvised explosive device, and it is not just an isolated case. Capt. Nabil Abdul Hussein of the Iraqi national police said that six had exploded in the Dora neighborhood of Baghdad alone in the past year.

“These guys, they face any problem with their girlfriends, family, anyone, and they’re making this kind of I.E.D.,” Captain Hussein said…

The police say that many of the men are former insurgents who are no longer trying to kill foreign troops but who have an array of bomb-making skills and a stash of TNT.

So, the logic is: The girl’s family won’t consent to marriage, so the spurned lover threatens to blow them up — so that they’ll then let him into the same family that he was trying to explode.

I’m sure that’ll make the girl’s father change his mind about his future son-in-law’s worthiness. I guess it does demonstrate that the bridegroom is good with his hands.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 05/30/2009 09:03am
Category: Society, True Crime
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