Read this news snippet making the rounds today in Western media, which falls into what my friend, Amit would classify under the WTF news of the day:
Every single man knows: Walking a dog in the park is a sure babe magnet. Saudi Arabia's Islamic religious police, in their zeal to keep the sexes apart, want to make sure the technique doesn't catch on here. The solution: Ban selling dogs and cats as pets, as well as walking them in public.So, somebody tell me where the dogs are going to do what they usually do when walked in public! (Ok: do NOT answer that! It's a rhetorical question.) Maybe the "keep the sexes apart" is only an excuse. After all even robots have feelings and Saudis are just human. In reality, some Saudi minister heard the Seinfeld joke about "What if an alien lands on earth tomorrow and sees human kind traipsing along behind dogs, picking up their you-know-what after them! Who will they think is the master in that relationship?"
I tell you -- it's a mad mad mad mad world (1, 2, 3, 4) that we live in. Even The Onion could not come up with some of the news that we hear every day!
Not to make light of a serious infringement on human freedoms but isn't satire and humor the only way to deal with such farce. Its lucky they have not banned cellphones yet!
Saudi Youth Use Cellphone Savvy To Outwit the Sentries of Romance
(Also read this older but related news articles: No Oases for Saudi Youths)
Though I must add that last year, one Western reporter thought, albeit based on one observation, that he saw a change in attitudes for the better, albeit a glacially slow change.("Change here is glacial, but there is a thaw.")