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Hockey night in Saudi arabia
A Canadian, an American and a Swedish
hockey fan were all in Saudi Arabia, sharing a smuggled case of rye. All of a
sudden Saudi police rushed in and arrested them. The mere possession of alcohol
is a severe offence in Saudi Arabia, so for the crime of actually being caught
consuming the alcohol, they were sentenced to death!
However, after many months and with some very good lawyers, they were able to
appeal their sentence down to life imprisonment. Then by a stroke of luck, it
was a Saudi national holiday the day their trial finished, and the extremely
benevolent Sheik decided they could be released after receiving just 20 lashes
each of the whip.
As they were preparing for their punishment, the Sheik suddenly said: "It's
my first wife's birthday today, and she has asked me to allow each of you one
wish before your whipping."
The Swede was first in line, so he thought for a while and said: "Please
tie a pillow to my back." This was done, but the pillow only lasted 10
lashes before the whip went through. The Swede fan was carried away crying in
The American was next up and after watching the scene, said: "All right,
Please fix two pillows to my back!" But even two pillows could only take 15
lashes before the whip went through again, sending the American fan crying.
The Canadian was up last, but before he could say anything, the Sheik turned to
him and said: "You support the greatest team in the world. Your country has
the best and most loyal hockey fans in the world. For this, you may have two
"Thank you, your most Royal highness", the Canadian replies. "In
recognition of your kindness, my first wish is that you give me not 20, but 50
"Not only are you an honorable, powerful man, you are also very
brave," the Sheik says, "If 50 lashes is what you desire, then so be
it. And your second wish?
"Tie the American to my back"
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