It is always fun to tackle myths and legends – such as the myth that rice thrown at weddings will kill pigeons and other birds. And I will start some conspiracies of my own at the same time.
It was Ann Landers who started the myth that uncooked riced cause birds to explode – and according to snopes.com – this is false. Why would people continue this myth? I believe it is because the rice is messy to clean up. And many wedding reception locations don’t want to clean up rice after a wedding.
So weddings will often celebrate with bubbles, sparklers and in the case of this photograph – bird seed. What better way to not explode birds (except at the waist line)?