BBC News is reporting that a family in Saudi Arabia is suing a genie, accusing it of threats, stonings and mobile phone theft. They say the troublesome spirit has forced them to flee their home of 15 years.
Westerners know genies, or jinn, from the tale of Aladdin and the sitcom I Dream of Jeannie, but they are actually supernatural figures deeply rooted in, and predating, Islam. But granting wishes for others and never yourself, and living in oil lamps and bottles, has got to take its toll on a spirit over the millennia. Phenomenal cosmic powers … itty-bitty living space!