Throwing Rice at
Weddings Causes Harm To Birds-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
The old tradition of throwing
rice at a departing wedding couple should be avoided because birds
eat the rice, it expands in their stomachs, and they are harmed by
it. Some folks say the birds can even explode!
The consensus of the multiple organizations we checked with is that
this is Fiction! It's
an urban legend that some say got started, or at least propelled,
when Ann Landers gave advice in her column in the mid-sixties that
the rice would do bad things to birds.
The folks at Birder's magazine, Birdwatcher Digest, The Cornell Lab
of Ornithology, and the USA Rice Federation all agree: rice causes
no harm to birds. There are varieties of birds that routinely
eat rice in the wild and with no harm. As one observer put it,
if rice caused birds to explode, there would be bird parts all over
Most of the wedding planning organizations say that the main reason
for not using rice is because there is too much of a risk of people
slipping on it and falling.
A real example of the story as it has
Try to find out if it is fact or fiction that you can't throw rice at
weddings because birds will eat it, then die.