In 2018, the US hit a record high of never-married adults. 35% of Americans ages 25 to 50 had never been married, compared to 9% in 1970.
In 1965, a Swedish student was told by his fiancée in East Germany that she would never be able to leave the country to live with him in Sweden. Undeterred, he took flying lessons for a year, illegally flew a Cessna from Austria into Czechoslovakia, smuggled her out, and married her in Sweden.
According to a study, the “honeymoon phase” of marriage wears off after 30 months. An initially high level of marital satisfaction steadily decreases after that period of time for most couples. 86 percent of women reported their happiness slowly decreased, and 78 percent of men said their satisfaction remained steady.
The best-selling living author, Danielle Steel, has received “a resounding lack of critical acclaim” for her 179 books. In her romance novels, she draws from her experiences of having been married 5 times to financiers, ex-convicts, and a vintner, and having 9 children.
The Wodaabe tribe from Chad has a courtship tradition called Gerewol. Men spend hours getting dressed to dance in front of the tribe’s women in hopes of being judged the most beautiful. Women from the tribe can pick who they want to get married to.
In 2019, a British woman married her dog. She explained that after four failed engagements, 220 dates, and a range of unsatisfactory experiences in the search for love, she had given up on the male of her species – whereas with her dog, she felt that he had saved her and she had saved him.
Contrary to what the movies would have you believe, romantic relationships invariably involve conflict. It may seem like arguing with your partner signals the end of a relationship but new research findings suggest it could help couples bond better.
The shortest marriage in recorded history was 3 minutes. On the way out of the courthouse, the bride tripped over and fell. Instead of helping her up, the groom called her “stupid”. On the spot the bride insisted the magistrate annul the wedding, and the magistrate complied.
Astronauts Mark Lee and Jan Davis married in secret 9 months before their joint flight to the ISS and didn’t tell NASA until it was too late to train replacements. They are the only married couple to have ever flown in space together.
The “Herbivore Men” of Japan are the men who have basically given up on marriage and love. They often can’t afford it, and they don’t want to work to death to raise a family, instead they have hobbies or anime or the internet to fill up their time.