Cracked only offers comment voting to subscribing members. Subscribers also have access to loads of hidden content. And wield the awesome power of the thumb. There's no right way to find a mate -- happy couples have met on the Internet, at orgies, and in prison cells. So when we point out the thoroughly bizarre dating rituals you see in far corners of the world, we try not to pass judgment. This dating shit is weird for everybody: When a young girl comes of age in the Kreung tribe of Cambodia, it's tradition for her parents to away from the main home, sort of like setting up a small apartment in the room over your parents' garage. Except the Kreung tribe's so-called love huts serve a bit of a different purpose -- so teenage girls can have all the sex they want without their parents having to listen to it.
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In the Kreung culture, girls are encouraged to sleep with as many boys as they need to in order to find a husband. It's basically dating, only without the stigma associated with premarital sex, and confined entirely within four-legged sex huts. If a girl is interested in a boy, she'll invite him back to her private clubhouse for an intimate evening that may or may not result in sex, depending on how well his jokes are landing. Regardless of the outcome, the boy has to get his ass out of the hut by dawn, because a young man and a young woman aren't allowed to be seen in public together unless they are officially a couple. It's a little like high school in that regard.
The girls are in complete control of the process, with jilted boys dutifully leaving the love huts if the girls decide they're just not feeling it. , and reports of rape are nonexistent. If a girl winds up getting pregnant with a boy she decides not to marry, the boy she does marry will raise the child as his own without complaint (or at least will keep his complaints to his damn self). And while a fair amount of sex is certainly being had in the love huts, it is by no means their only purpose. It seems to work, too -- divorce is almost nonexistent in the culture.
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Although, we admit that could have something to do with middle-aged Kreung men being realistic about their chances of being invited into a love hut. Bill Rice/iStock/Getty Images There's plenty of fish in the sea is a lot less comforting when given as an actual option. We tend to forget that standards of beauty aren't universal. For example, in Western culture, films and television tend to present beautiful women as people who are so thin they could disappear through a sewer grate like loose change. If you're a girl growing up in Mauritania in Western Africa, however, making yourself beautiful enough to attract a husband may involve a casual reenactment of the gluttony scene from Se7en.
In rural parts of Mauritania, the generally accepted belief is that the fatter a woman is, the better wife she'll make. Being fat is seen as a, and a man whose significant other is on the heftier end of the spectrum is thought to be taking good care of his wife. In short, the largeness of your wife is like sexual currency over there. In some extreme cases, the girls are punished with a beating if they can't keep everything down. Joost De Raeymaeker/Marie Claire If we have to use a stick, we make them eat that too.
It isn't that they want to destroy the idea of heavier women being desirable rather, the message is that kidnapping someone and force-feeding them out of several dress sizes is dangerously irresponsible and should probably be illegal. We apparently need to team up with Mauritania for some kind of international television exchange program. In many cultures, the road leading up to the wedding is the most stressful time for an engaged couple. After the embarrassing rhyming vows have been said and all of the cake has been eaten by 8-year-old cousins you've never met, it's time to relax, take off your rented shoes, put your dress in a box, and engage in some child-creating pelvic collision. However, for the Tidong people of Borneo, the wedding is the easy part.
After you're hitched, you'd better have a bladder like a wine cask, because neither you nor your spouse will be allowed to visit a bathroom for the next three days. Jonathan Austin Daniels/iStock/Getty Images God, why did we go Greek-Indian fusion for the catering?