i show lack of tolerance for other cultures
The other day, we were having some work done on our chimney. One of the workers climbed down the ladder and handed me a bullet that was embedded in our roof.
(Eww, not a good picture; sorry.) So I asked, what, was our house under fire some time? He said it had probably been shot into the air sometime, and after all, what goes up...
I've never understood people who do that sort of thing. It doesn't seem to happen much around here, but I've celebrated New Year's in New Orleans, and the cracke of small-arms fire can be heard all night. It doesn't make much sense to me to pop off a few caps when fireworks make just as much noise (and can be at least as dangerous). If memory serves me right, a US aircraft over Afghanistan even mistakenly targeted a group of people who were firing their AK-47s skyward in celebration of something.
But please, please, someone explain why it's necessary to shoot off a freakin' mortar shell to celebrate a wedding? A shell intended for such use in a Pakistani wedding exploded prematurely, killing the groom and more than 20 others.