According to AFP, Jeff Dotts and Erin Albers of Nashville, Tennessee, were one of four couples (and the only Americans) who brought home the bacon this weekend literally. A bizarre ritual, dating back to the 12th century, in which the couple who can prove to a mock-court that they have the happiest marriage took place in England over the weekend. The prize? A flitch, or a half a pig.
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The Los Angeles Times reports today on a 10-year-old girl from Yemen who successfully divorced her husband, a man in his mid-30s, after suffering physical and sexual abuse. The girl's father, fearing death if he dishonored his family by asking for a divorce, refused to intervene on his daughter's behalf. The groom had apparently promised not to touch the girl, Nujood Ali, until she reached puberty.
"That's What He Said," takes to the street to find out what men think about domestic duties. How do you split up the chores around the house? Is it 50/50?
John McCain press corps got silence instead of 'straight talk' when asked by a reporter what he would do about the fact that some health insurance plans cover Viagra but not birth control. Watch his awkward answer regarding b.s. double standards after eight seconds of squirming!
Building a social network online, for dating purposes or otherwise, just got a lot more fun. Youniverse.com profiles your dating, love, mind, party and personality types--to name a few--based on the images you select to correspond to prompts such as "I find this the funniest..." or "To me, sexy is..." At the end of the quiz, your profile is revealed, along with how your image choices correspond to all other Youniverse participants.
The Boston Herald reported on a growing wedding-planning trend: the man shower. Traditionally, the bridal shower has taken center stage, and co-ed showers have become increasingly common, but this is a first.
Apropos of nothing, nerve.com lists an edifying list of the top ten weirdest sex laws, which includes:
I watched the finale of the Bachelorette last night. WTF? I didn't think she had chemistry with either one of them, but what I really dont understand is how she got engaged to him when she said she was "falling in love" with about 17 other men at the same time. I mean, how did Jesse feel when he had to watch her crying over Graham and Jeremy? I love bad TV.
Ah, spring in Beijing. A sea of children, runners, and the like in the park. And an overabundance of elderly, each clutching a piece of paper of vital stats, approaching one another with hopeful expectations. This is the scene the Asia Times recently reported as they investigated the growing marriage mart trend, a collection of senior citizens who gather in the park, hoping to find matches for their grown, single children.
Trumping news of war, health, food, pets or fashion, the most e-mailed item currently on The New York Times' site is Maureen Dowd's column from July 6 called "An Ideal Husband." In light of celebrity divorces stealing recent headlines, Dowd turned to a man whose motto on marriage would have to be "Do as I say, not as I do": a Catholic priest.