During an awards ceremony that was held yesterday to honor the thirty three individuals who used footbridges around Jordan in 2012, hundreds of random people aggressively demanded the organizing committee to hand them some award as well, claiming that the government never have announced before that such awards would be handed.
The Greater Amman Municipality’s award was symbolic in nature: each winner was awarded a copy of Arabic Music and the Tension of Modernity: An Amazingly Exhaustive Study, which is widely considered a seminal text on oriental music and its effects on the brain. Luckily enough, once the crowds found out that the award was a book, tension dissipated, and the aggressors left feeling pity for those who received such an award, soneither the police, nor the gendarmerie, nor the armed military forces needed to interfere.
The ceremony toastmaster pointed out the great advancements taking place in the kingdom and its inhabitants: users of the footbridge increased by 10% from last year, which is a major increase from the thirty footbridge users of last year. This growth is expected to continue consistently in the next forty years, which means that by 2053, the number of users of the footbridge is expected to become nearly 153 individuals.
Samir Jaleed, one of the winners, stated in an interview that the reason he used the footbridge was completely spontaneous. “I have always seen it, sure,” he said, “but using it was a completely different story.” When asked whether he’ll attempt it again, he replied “ If you used one it’s like you’ve used them all really, but I highly recommend this enriching experience to everyone.”
Link to Arabic article