Richard Johnson, the 9th Vice-President of the USA, literally owned his wife. Slave Julia Chinn was 1/8ths African and was inherited by Johnson after his father’s death. Interracial marriage was illegal, so Johnson kept her as his “slave.”
The wife’s happiness is more important than her husband’s when it comes to keeping a happy, lasting marriage, in a study that surveyed older couples married for an average of 39 years.
A Korean man fell in love and eventually married a pillow with an anime character printed on it.
In China, women who remain unmarried until their late 20s are given the term “leftover women”.
A 18C. astronomer went to India to see a Transit of Venus. Delayed, he missed it, but decided to stay for the next one, in 8 years. The second try was clouded out. 3 years later he returned to France to find he’d been declared dead, his wife had remarried, and his estate was gone.
Jerry Lee Lewis courted so much controversy by marrying his 13 year old cousin at the age of 22 that he went from playing $10,000 concert halls to $250 dollar a night dive bars.
Here’s a brief interview with Jerry Lee Lewis and Myra shortly after their marriage.