A man in Qatif divorced his wife of only a week last Saturday when he discovered that she had had her appendix removed without his knowledge, believing the procedure to be the result of a hereditary condition.
On his first visit to his bride at her house to sign the marriage formalities last week, the not-husband-to-be noticed that she was a bit “under the weather”, and when he inquired of the reason he was told that she had had her appendix out and was still suffering from the consequences of the operation.
Believing the procedure to be the result of some sort of “condition” that would be passed on to any future children, the man resolved to divorce the appendix-less lady, and prolonged efforts by both families to set the record straight were fruitless, and, in the words of the seven-day husband, “too late”.
Jeff Weintraub is a social & political theorist, political sociologist, and democratic socialist who has been teaching most recently at the University of Pennsylvania and Bryn Mawr College. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University in 2015-2016 and is currently a Research Associate at the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, Bryn Mawr College.
(Also an Affiliated Professor with the University of Haifa in Israel & an opponent of academic blacklists.)