Today is November 12, 2013. Or, in calendar/shorthand-speak, it’s 11/12/13.
It’s a numerologist’s dream, of course, but lots of ordinary people also think the numerical sequence is pretty cool. After all, it’s one of only 12 sequential calendar dates this century. As a result, today was a surprisingly popular day for weddings. No one is sure exactly why some brides want to get married on sequential dates. (And we know it’s brides making the decision, don’t we, because what guy is going to pick the day for his wedding?) Do brides think the date is lucky? Do they think it is unique? Or, do desperate but farsighted brides hope that their hapless husbands-to-be might actually remember their freaking anniversary if the guys just have to remember 11/12/13?
Any happy couples that missed 11/12/13 will have their shot at sequentialism next year, on December 13, 2014 — or 12/13/14. After that, they’ll have to wait for almost 90 years, until 1/2/03, to tie the knot.
I’ve seen the show Bridezillas once or twice, and I always thought it was one of those “reality” TV shows that seems pretty darned fake. Could anyone be as obsessive and crazed about their wedding as the brides-to-be in the show?
Now I’ve seen a story that makes me ask whether lunatic brides are more common than I thought. The story is about the “K-E diet” — a diet for women who are worried about fitting into their bridal gowns and want to lose weight fast. The diet requires women to run a feeding tube through their noses to their stomachs and then feeds them a constant slow drip of protein and fat mixed with water, which results in the burn-off of body fat through a process called ketosis. The dieter doesn’t eat any food for the duration of the diet but doesn’t feel any hunger because she is being “fed” constantly. Dieters can lose up to 20 pounds in 10 days. (Of course, once the tube is removed and the bride goes back to eating solid food, you’d expect the weight to be put right back on — and perhaps a bit more besides.)
What’s the downside of the diet? Well, you carry a bag of glop around in your purse. You have bad breath and, often, diarrhea because you’re not consuming any solid food. And, of course, you walk around in public for days with a feeding tube sticking out of your nose. Other than that, not much.
Haven’t we reached a dangerous point in the destructive self-image category if women are so obsessed with their weddings that they are willing to be fed through a tube for days in order to squeeze into the bridal gown of their dreams?