Swoosh...swoosh...swoosh. Swoosh...swoosh...swoosh. Rice throwing has been associated with joining a couple together in matrimony since Roman times. It later evolved into a wedding tradition in which guests showered the happy couple with rice to represent fertility. In more modern times, throwing rice at the bride and groom has been strongly discouraged due to some of the potential dangers. Rice becomes very slippery when wet, which poses a hazard to individuals walking along the sidewalk. Rumors have also been spread throughout the Maggie Sottero Arden industry which suggests that rice throwing is hazardous to birds' health.