For centuries, Hindu women have worn a dot on their foreheads. Most of us have naively thought this was connected with tradition or religion.
The Indian Embassy has recently revealed the true story.
When a Hindu woman gets married, she brings a dowry into the union. On her wedding night, the husband scratches off the dot to see whether he has won a convenience store, a gas station, a donut shop, a taxi cab or a motel in Jersey.
If nothing is there, then he must remain in India to answer telephones and provide us with technical advice.