Bubble, bubble, I’m in trouble?
From Romania comes news that the government has proposed a law under which people who practice witchcraft can be fined or even imprisoned if their predictions do not come true. I am NOT making this up.
Now, let’s set aside the fact that such a law seems more appropriate for fortune-tellers than for witches. Maybe job distinctions overlap over there. But whatever predictions they do make are suddenly going to be a LOT less specific…
“Cackle, cackle…Let’s look at the cards, Dearie! You will get up tomorrow morning after sleeping on a soft, flat rectangular thing, and you will drink a liquid which I believe will be, um, ORANGE in color!”
But it gets even weirder. The bill would also mandate witches to provide receipts for their services.
“Excuse me, Ma’am, but I wanted my boss turned into a NEWT – that’s a small amphibian – rather than a KNUTE, a person of Scandinavian origin…
“I mean, he’s tall and blond and hunky now, and doesn’t seem to be suffering very much at all! Yes, I’m aware I should have checked the receipt you gave me…”
As strange as all this sounds, I think they may be onto something. Only, let’s start with the dimwits who do the weather on television.
“Okay honey, put down your pointer and assume the position. We can do this the easy way, or the hard way…”
Top: Romanian witches Monica, Ana, Mihaela and Bratara perform a night witchcraft ritual in the outskirts of Bucharest February 14, 2011. A week ago Romania’s government has proposed a new bill under which people who practice witchcraft can be fined or even imprisoned if their predictions do not come true. The bill will also mandate witches to keep permits, provide receipts for their services, and to stay away from schools and churches. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel
Left: Nicole Kidman in “To Die For.”