Star Wars and cockatiels (h/t io9):
I can’t say I agree with or approve of the practice going on here, but I am astonished to see this headline in 2008:
Bare-breasted virgins compete for Swaziland king
By Phakamisa Ndzamela
LUDZIDZINI ROYAL VILLAGE, Swaziland (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of bare-breasted virgins competed for Swaziland King Mswati III’s eye on Monday in a traditional Reed Dance.
Walking through the dense crowds in a leopard skin loin cloth, Sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarch was expected to choose his 14th wife.
Critics say Mswati, who has courted controversy for his lavish lifestyle while two thirds of his subjects live in poverty, sets a bad example by encouraging polygamy and teenage sex in a country where about 40 percent of adults live with HIV.
Some of the women did not seem to mind, hoping to escape from the southern African nation’s hardships for the easy life.
“I came here to dance. I wish the king would have chosen me because it’s nice at the king’s place. The wives live a nice life,” said Tenene Dlamini, 16, in a traditional brown skirt.
“Everything is done for them. They don’t work. They earn.”
Wow. Just wow. Read more about this guy here.