Every time a suicide bomber goes off someone feels compelled to mention the 70 or 72 virgins allegedly waiting languidly on the other side (exact numbers seem to vary, but who is counting after the first three dozen?).
No-one ever mentions what female suicide bombers are rewarded with once they arrive in paradise, but it turns out that their reward might be just the same as for the men.
As with all belief systems, the relevant texts are open to whatever fanciful interpretation the reader wishes to believe, in order to justify whatever it is they are up to at any given moment, so we can’t be surprised if the odd bit of misunderstanding occurs. And so it would seem that the mythical 70 virgins that homicidal-suicide bombers believe will be waiting for them on their entry to heaven may be a little less than they had been promised - in shape and utility, if not numbers.
According to one scholar of ancient Semitic languages, (writing under the pseudonym Christopher Luxenberg), a mistranslation is responsible for the Muslim paradise being strewn with 'virgins’ - Arabic hur, transliterated as 'houris' - literally 'white ones'. It seems to this scholar at least, that passages describing paradise in the Qu'ran were drawn from earlier Christian texts that make frequent use of the Aramaic word hur, meaning 'white raisins'.
Imagine the look on a young martyr's face when, finding himself in a paradise teeming with his fellow thugs, his seventy "houris" arriving in the form of a bowl of white raisins.