I was watching the evening news, which talked about all the bets that were being taken in London regarding Kate and William’s wedding. 5 to 4 odds she wears a hat, spreads on when their first child will be born. Stupid crap like that.
I remember a similar phenomenon when the last Pope was being chosen, and that wasn’t even natively English like the royals.
I don’t get it. Is it a cultural thing that explains the British’s propensity towards absurd bets of this sort? Is it the media blowing it out of proportion? Or is it just a law (or lack thereof) that makes it easier for this sort of thing to happen in the UK?