Banned in Riyadh, are babies next?
This comes from the You Can't Make This Stuff Up Department.
Seems they're banning the sales of cats and dogs, and the walking of canines, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia's capital, because men use the animals as a means of breaking the ice with women. In other words, they use the pets as props to flirt with members of the opposite sex.
It's been long understood that walking a cute dog on a public street attracts members of the opposite sex. Which then leads to, horrid, conversation. Which leads to - Allah knows what else!
But here's something the authorities in Riyadh may have overlooked. The same thing goes for walking babies.
That's right. As any single straight guy knows, if any of his buddies have recent offspring, the thing to do is borrow the baby and stroller to give Mom and Dad a break. Then when women come up to ooh and ah the baby, you tell them very quickly, "oh this isn't my baby, it's my buddy's, I'm just giving Mom and Dad a break. Besides, I just love children."
If there's anything a woman loves in a man more than his compassion for a puppy it's his love of children. Especially a young, single woman whose biological clock is, "tick, tick, ticking."
So if the authorities in Saudi Arabia really want to end this horrid flirtation practice, maybe they should ban babies as well!
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