It’s not Friday, and this probably belongs in Benet’s Strange But True blog, but I just couldn’t help myself.
South African airline Kulula, known for its whacky publicity stunts, has launched a Facebook campaign asking the public how many cows to send to the future queen of England. Yes that’s right. Kulula wants to send Kate Middleton, fiance of Prince William, a herd of cattle.
According to South African tradition, a groom gives the bride’s family a payment for her hand in marriage. The payment, called a ‘labola’, is traditionally made in the form of cows.
“The tradition is designed to bring the families of the couple together, encourage mutual respect, and ensure that the man is capable of supporting his wife financially and emotionally,” according to the airline’s Facebook page.
“Wills has been a big fan of South Africa and we’re big fans of him and his bride-to-be. With all there is to arrange (not to mention all that polo to play) he probably hasn’t considered fully the benefits of the lobola tradition,” said airline spokeswoman Nadine Damen.
Every Kulula flight booked from February 14 until the day before the wedding will go towards paying for the labola. According to internet reports, the airline will source the cows in the U.K.
“We’re more than happy... to be sending him the finest cows we can get our hands on in order to make their happy day even more special”, says the airline.
Kulula fans can discuss how many cows would be a suitable gift for Ms Middleton by visiting http://www.facebook.com/iflykulula