jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Thursday 15th April 2021


Wishing an amazing couple William Spray and Georgie Heath

the very best of best wishes on their Wedding Day!!!

Yes, Covid-19 tried but wasn’t big enough to stop the wedding in the end.

 See our Top 10 Bizarre Wedding Rituals in Various Cultures – specially to celebrate William and Georgie’s Wedding.

 DIDN’T KNOW THAT LAST WEEK – 8th April 2021

1          You can buy a flying bicycle. It sounds like something out of a sci-fi novel, but British inventors John Foden and Yannick Read have come up with a bicycle that actually flies. The XploreAir Paravelo is composed of a folding bicycle and a lightweight trailer that contains a biofuel-powered fan motor. The motor turns the fan, and with enough of a runway, it can reach up to 25 mph in the air and 4,000 feet in altitude. While the inventors were unable to reach their funding goal to produce enough XploreAirs for wide availability, they are offering their inventive services through “bespoke production.”

2          There’s a LEGO bridge in Germany that you can walk across. The German town of Wupperttal is home to Lego-Brücke, also known as LEGO Bridge—a bridge that looks like it’s made of candy-coloured LEGO bricks, providing a foot- and bikeway for those looking to cross over the street below. Despite appearances, the bridge is not made of giant plastic bricks however, but concrete, and it was painted to look like the popular building toys by street artist Martin Heuwold.

3          Umbrellas were once only used by women. While umbrellas are used and appreciated by pretty much everyone living in rainy places, for centuries they were seen as something only to be used by women—associated with the fashionable parasols women would carry during nicer days to keep the sun from their skin. But in the mid-18th century, the barriers started to fall, with public figures like philanthropist Jonas Hanway carrying umbrellas during public events. Soon others took notice of the accessory’s practicality and it wasn’t long before men were using them as often as women.

4          You can now get a headstone with a QR code. Called “Living Headstones”, they show pages with photos, video biographies, and comments from loved ones.

5          The average American will eat 35,000 cookies in their lifetime.

6          Alfred Hitchcock was frightened of eggs. The master of suspense, who terrified audiences with movies like Psycho and The Birds, considered himself an ovophobe—someone frightened of eggs. Alfred Hitchcock explained to an interviewer in 1963: “I’m frightened of eggs, worse than frightened; they revolt me. That white round thing without any holes, and when you break it, inside there’s that yellow thing, round, without any holes…Blood is jolly, red. But egg yolk is yellow, revolting. I’ve never tasted it.”

7          The television was invented two years after the invention of sliced bread.

8          A one-day weather forecast requires about 10 billion math calculations.

9          You share your birthday with at least 9 million other people in the world.

10        Smelling apples or bananas can help you lose weight.

11        Most toilet paper sold in France is pink.

12        At birth, a baby panda is smaller than a mouse.

13        There actually aren’t “57 varieties” of Heinz ketchup, and never were. Company founder H.J. Heinz thought his product should have a number, and he liked 57.

14        The original name for the search engine Google was Backrub. It was renamed Google after the googol, which is the number one followed by 100 zeros.

15         A ten-gallon hat holds less than one gallon of liquid.

16        One of the most famous movie lines in history was never said. We often quote, “Play it again, Sam,” from Casablanca; but the real line is, “Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By.’” 

17        The average raindrop falls at 7 mph.

18        The dog ate John Steinbeck’s homework—literally. The author’s pup chewed up an early version of Of Mice and Men. “I was pretty mad, but the poor fellow may have been acting critically,” he wrote.

19        The biggest pizza ever created was 13,580 square feet, made in Rome, Italy, in 2012. The pizza was gluten-free and named “Ottavia” after a roman emperor.

20        Buckingham Palace in London, England, has 775 rooms, including 78 bathrooms.

21        People started wearing pyjamas, originally spelled “pyjamas,” instead of nightgowns so they’d be prepared to run outside in public during World War I air raids in England.

22        Bobbing for apples started as a British courting ritual. Today, bobbing for apples is a popular party game. But it turns out, the quirky activity started as an 18th-century British courting ritual, according to the History Channel. In one set of rules, each apple was assigned to a potential suitor. The bobber would attempt to bite into the apple associated with her preferred beau. If she bit it on the first try, they would be destined for love. If it took her two tries, their love would sizzle and then fade. If it took her three, their relationship would be doomed.

23        Smiles are innate, not learned. It’s heartening to know that your most joyful reaction is something you’re simply born wanting to do. “Individuals blind from birth could not have learned to control their emotions in this way through visual learning, so there must be another mechanism,” San Francisco State University psychologist David Matsumoto said in a statement. “It could be that our emotions, and the systems to regulate them, are vestiges of our evolutionary ancestry.”

24        A village in India plants trees every time a baby girl is born. When the leader of Piplantri, a small village in Rajasthan, India, lost his 16-year-old daughter in 2006, he decided to turn his grief into something beautiful. In order to ensure that the village treasured each baby girl (since daughters were not traditionally valued as much as sons), he set up an initiative that sees trees planted every time a girl is born in the village, according to The Guardian.

25        The voice actors for Mickey and Minnie Mouse were married in real life. Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse have had one of the most enduring romances in Hollywood history. But behind the scenes, their story is even sweeter: Wayne Allwine, the man who voiced Mickey, fell in love with and married Russi Taylor, the woman who provided the voice for Minnie. “We just started hanging out as pals, and the next thing you know, we were an item,” the late Taylor recalled to Variety of her husband, who died in 2009. “We just had fun. He was the best. He was a wonderful man, he was a good man, and he was a kind man.”

26        One country measures its Gross National Happiness instead of its Gross Domestic Product. Since 1971, the country of Bhutan has rejected the idea that the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is the only way to measure progress. In its place, the Buddhist kingdom measures Gross National Happiness (GNH) to determine citizens’ level of contentment. According to The Guardian, the GNH intends to measure “the spiritual, physical, social and environmental health of its citizens and natural environment.”

27        “Looking at a picture of a loved one can relieve pain.

The next time you need to get a shot or have blood drawn and want to avoid as much pain as possible, bring along a snapshot of your significant other, your kids, or anyone else that you adore. One 2010 study published in the journal PLOS One found that looking at a picture of a loved one can help reduce moderate pain by around 40 percent; it even relieved severe pain by between 10 and 15 percent.”

28        “There’s a tiny Polish village where everything is painted with pictures of flowers. Sometime in the 19th century, the people of Zalipie, a tiny town northeast of Krakow, began painting flowers on local buildings. Originally, the paintings were meant to cover up the blackened walls left behind by soot from chimneys. But soon, they became a tradition.


Nowadays, the flowers cover everything from houses and barns to schools and churches, according to Travel & Leisure. At the end of the 1940s, Zalipie even started an annual flower-painting competition that takes place after the Feast of the Corpus Christi in June.”

29        Humans are made from stardust. Whenever you start to feel inadequate, remember that you’re made of actual stardust. “Everything we are and everything in the universe and on Earth originated from stardust, and it continually floats through us even today,” Iris Schrijver, professor of pathology at Stanford University, told National Geographic. “It directly connects us to the universe, rebuilding our bodies over and again over our lifetimes.”

30        In 2012, an entire village in Spain won the lottery. In 2012, the jackpot in Spain reached $950 million. With stakes that high, nearly everyone in the tiny 250-person town of Sodeto bought in, playing the same numbers: 58268. And miraculously, they won! That meant each Sodeto resident took home at least $130,000—and one ticket even paid out $520,000.


BONUS          The act of smiling can make you happier. Still not in a great mood? Try smiling. One notable 2009 study presented at the British Psychological Society’s annual conference found that even if a smile is forced, the brain still responds to the expression by releasing chemicals that improve your mood.



10 Bizarre Wedding Rituals in Various Cultures

Specially to celebrate William and Georgie’s Wedding.

Wedding rituals and traditions vary greatly between cultures, religions, countries, and social classes. Most wedding ceremonies involve an exchange of marriage vows by the couple, presentation of a gift (ring, flowers etc.), and a public proclamation of marriage by an authority figure. Many cultures have adopted the traditional Western custom of the white wedding (associated with the wedding of Queen Victoria), in which a bride wears a white wedding dress and veil. But, here we are going to discus some most bizarre wedding rituals across the world.

  1. Crying Ritual of the Tujia People | China

Crying Marriage Custom

The Tujia people of China prepare for a wedding 30 days before the wedding day by crying. The bride spends an hour a day crying. 10 days later, she is joined by her mother, and then ten days after that, her grandmother, and this continues until all the females in the family are crying daily for an hour. Thankfully it is not an act of sadness but this is actually meant as an expression of joy and deep love. Because the women all weep in different tones the collected noise sounds almost like a song.

  1. The Kissing Tradition | Sweden

Bizarre Wedding Rituals. No, not just between the bride and groom, in fact as a guest you might just be lucky enough to plant a kiss on the bride or groom yourself. At the wedding ceremony, it is traditional for the groom to disappear during part of the ceremony for any reason, then the all unmarried young men allowed to kiss the bride. The same goes for the groom and female guests if the bride should leave the room. A unique Swedish tradition and one of most bizarre wedding rituals without a doubt.

  1. Spitting on the Bride | Massai Nation, Kenya

One of the most bizarre wedding rituals of Massai (Masai) nation of Kenya. At a wedding ceremony held by the Massai people, the bride’s head is shaved and lamb fat and oil is applied on her head. The father of the bride blesses his daughter by spitting on her head and breasts. Spitting is a symbol of disgrace usually but in Massai nation it is thought to bring good luck and fortune. She then leaves with her husband and does not look back for fear of turning into stone. The husband doesn’t stay in the house in which she stays for the next two days and then her mother in law shaves her head. This commences the wedding ceremony declaring them man and wife for life.

  1. Kumbh Vivah | An Indian Ritual For Manglik Dosh

Kumbh Vivah is one of the most amazing ritual performed in Indian spirituality. It is a process which is used when a Indian men and women has a Manglik Dosh. This is a wedding between a Mangalik and either a statue of Vishnu or a Peepal tree or banana tree. In some areas, Kumbh vivah is an imaginary marriage of girl with a pitcher of water. According to some Indian astrologers, Mangalik Dosha negatively impacts married life, causing tension and sometimes the untimely death of one of the partners. To cancel these effects, a Kumbh Vivah can be performed before the wedding.

Kumbh Vivah is just like a normal wedding. A Manglik Dosh girl has to perform this ritual like the real wedding. She has to wear the wedding dress and jewelery along with a thread. Parents do Kanya Daan and “Phere” are also taken with the Mud pot, everything like a real hindu wedding. Later on the girl has to change the clothes, remove the thread and that thread is tied over the Mud pot and the pot later on is drown in some river or pond without letting some one know. Once the Ritual is done the girl is out of Manglik Dosh. She can now merry to the actual person and will not be having any further issues after wedding. Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai had one such marriage with a tree before marrying her husband, Abhishek.

  1. Beating the Groom’s Feet | South Korea

The ritual of “beating the groom’s feet” takes place after the wedding ceremony in South Korea. The Groom’s friends remove his shoes and tie his feet together with a rope or sash. They then lift his legs off the ground and start beating the soles of his feet with a stick or dried yellow corvina. Yellow corvina is a kind of fish! It is believed that this will make the groom stronger before the first wedding night. It can be painful but it’s more fun than cruel. Actually it’s a fun tradition, the intention behind this is to check the groom’s strength and knowledge. He is often asked questions and quizzed during the test. This amusing ritual holds an important place in Korean wedding culture.

  1. Carrying the Bride Across the Threshold

The tradition of carrying the bride over the threshold is not a new tradition; it dates back centuries and has a few different origins. One most common belief is that this ritual began in Medieval Europe, where many believed that a bride was extra vulnerable to evil spirits through the soles of her feet. To avoid bringing in any evil spirits, the groom carried the bride into their new home. Also, some ancient believed that the bride had to show that she was not at all crazy about leaving her father’s home, and so was dragged over the threshold to her groom’s house.

  1. Exorcise Ghosts by Marrying Animals | India

In some parts of India it is believed that ghosts can inhabit certain people of the living world. Most notably, girls who are born with a baby tooth already erupted through the gum and girls who are very ugly or have some facial dissimulation are believed to be possessed by ghosts. The only way to break this weird curse is for the girl to marry an animal, typically a goat or dog. They manage a lavish wedding ceremony complete with booze and dancing. This is nothing but a mock ceremony and the girl is not expected to copulate with the animal. It’s just to ward off the evil spirits, she is free to marry a man later on.

  1. The Ritual of Blackening the Bride | Scotland

Blackening of the bride is a very old Scottish tradition. It’s part of a hazing ritual that actually happens before the wedding. The bride is taken by surprise, by hands down the crummiest friends you could have, and covered from head to toe with all kinds of crap. It can be anything: spoiled milk from the back of your fridge right down to tar and feathers. The ritual of covering brides and grooms in treacle, soot and flour used to be carried out to ward off evil spirits. This one of most bizarre wedding rituals still happens in some parts of Scotland.

  1. Kyz ala kachuu | The Practice of Kidnapping Brides

Kyz ala kachuu, means “to take a young woman and run away”, is a pretty crazy ritual. It has been practised throughout history around the world. The ritual also known as “Bride kidnapping”, marriage by abduction or marriage by capture. It is a practice in which a man abduct the woman he wishes to marry. The young man abducting a woman either by force or by guile, often accompanied by friends or male relatives. They take her to his family home, where she is kept in a room until the man’s female relatives convince her to put on the scarf of a married woman as a sign of acceptance. It’s said that bride kidnapping still practised in some cultures like the Romani (known as Gypsies) and Kyrgyzstan.

  1. Money Dance | Guests Pay to Dance with the Bride

The money dance is an event at some wedding receptions in various cultures. It was originated in Poland during 1990s. During a money dance, male guests pay to dance briefly with the bride, and sometimes female guests pay to dance with the groom. At the wedding reception, the bride will dance with her father, while a relative holds out an apron. Guests who place money in the apron win the opportunity to dance with the bride. At the same time the dance includes bridesmaids and other ladies who dance.





Show me a marriage with humour and I’ll show you a healthy marriage.


Happiness is…getting married!


William just remember, the five most essential words for a healthy, vital relationship are “I apologize” and “You are right.”


Love is…making your marriage vows to one another.


A time for engagement…a time for marriage.




15th April

1955  Ray Kroc opens first McDonald’s Inc. fast food restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois

1991 Musical “Miss Saigon” created by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil opens at Broadway Theater NYC.

1865 Abraham Lincoln dies 9 hours after he is shot attending the play “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theatre in Washington.

1912 RMS Titanic sinks at 2:27 AM off Newfoundland as the band plays on, with the loss of between 1,490 and 1,635 people.



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