In England until the early 20th century, a man wishing to separate from his wife could lead her to market by a halter and sell her to the highest bidder.
At 52, Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman married 18-year-old Mandy Smith but divorced after a year. Bill’s 30-year-old son then Stephen married Mandy’s mother, age 46. If Bill and Mandy had remained married, Stephen would have been his father’s father-in-law and his own grandpa.
Couples who spent $1,000 or less were 53% less likely to get divorced, while couples whose weddings cost over $20,000 had divorce rates 43% higher than average. Weddings attended by more than 200 people were 92% less likely to get divorced.
Kåre Rodahl, a Norwegian physician and physiologist, a research fellow in Arctic physiology and medicine in the United States, met his future wife for the first time when he was parachuting, coincidentally landing beside her while she was milking a cow.
In 1998 a British man faked his own death to make his wife realize how much she missed him. He left his clothes on the beach and hid. It backfired as his wife divorced him after learning about it.
In 2007 a married couple unknowingly met each other on a cheating site. They then went on a date and realized, horrified, they were both cheating – with each other.
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.