Utah students ‘research’ mistletoe kiss

Some light relief from Utah this morning – students, apparently from Brigham Young University (BYU), have uploaded a Youtube video called the Mistletoe Kissing Prank. They interview people about their Christmas habits, ending with a question about kisssing under mistletoe, at which point mistletoe is lowered, by an unseen assistant, over their head.

It’s an interesting video, and the slap at 30 seconds in is a must-see, but it’s also interesting for two fascinating anomolies:

Firstly BYU is a private university operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – i.e. the Mormons, and of course mistletoe, and kissing under it, is deemed pagan and unacceptable by many far less conservative churches (so why aren’t there more slaps?).

Secondly, that stuff dangled over their heads surely isn’t mistletoe – looks like a bit of fake fir-tree and a few big red baubles.

BYU has an ‘honor code’ requiring particular standards of dress, grooming, no alcohol or drug use, no extramarital sex etc – but it obviously doesn’t extend to requiring proper mistletoe.  Though perhaps it does the opposite, and actually bans mistletoe, so maybe this was the best they could do?

Similar story from Toronto to follow later…

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