When Bill Gates got married, he bought out all the available hotel rooms in Lanai to keep media from staying there & hired all the helicopters on Maui to keep photographers from flying over the wedding archive.seattletimes.com/…
In 1911 The Rigby family included their cat Tom in their census form. 'Tom Cat' was listed as being an 8-year old, married Mouse-Catcher, Soloist and Thief with 16 children. His birthplace was listed as Cheshire and he was described as being 'speechless' in the infirmity section of the form. findmypast.co.uk/blog/dis…
In 1996, a 'fan' of serial killer Richard Ramirez married him in prison. However, she broke up with him in 2009 when DNA evidence showed that, in addition to the 13 adults he murdered, he also killed a 9-year-old girl. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
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. ifstudies.org/blog/the-sh…
On Nov 22, 1963 while watching TV reports of JFK's death, Annie Shapiro had a stroke and slipped into a coma. 29 years later she awoke in bed as a 79 year old grandmother still married to her husband. Her first words upon sitting up were "Turn on the television. I want to watch I Love Lucy" cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/…
Ireland has the oldest average age at first marriage of any country. The average Irish citizen gets married for the first time at age 35. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
A married couple was hired by the MLB from 1981-2004 to draw up each season's baseball schedule. They were responsible for scheduling 2,430 games played by 30 teams. everythingzoomer.com/arts…
The rise of Japanese whisky rests on the efforts of Masataka Taketsuru, a pioneering chemist who brought the craft of Scottish whisky to Japan. He married a Scottish woman and they founded Yoichi distillery in 1934. While the first whisky was maturing, they sold apple juice to make ends meet. chilledmagazine.com/masat…
The marriage of Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter is the longest presidential marriage in US history. They had already been married for 30 years when Carter was sworn in as president in 1977. potus.com/presidential-fa…
When Buddy Holly married Maria Elena Santiago in 1958, less than 2 months after their first date, his manager advised him to keep it secret to avoid upsetting his many female fans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bud…
Mary, Queen of Scots, was raised in France, was married to the French king, and signed documents that any son she bore would rule both realms. But for Elizabeth I's outmaneuvering of her rival, Scotland might well have spent the past four centuries as part of France instead of Britain. historytoday.com/archive/…
Today I learned about Jan Davis and Mark Lee, two NASA astronauts who were secretly married shortly before their launch on the space shuttle, becoming the only married couple to travel to space together time.com/4218472/astronau…
Jerry Lee Lewis (Great Balls of Fire), disgraced televangelist Jimmy Swaggart, and Mickey Gilley (Urban Cowboy/Country Singer) are cousins and grew up playing music together. All were first married prior to turning 18 to girls younger than them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
By the age of 18, Elagabalus had been a high priest, consul, married four times, Roman Emperor for four years, and the victim of an assassination devised by his grandmother. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ela…
When Congolese dictator Mobutu's wife died he married his mistress and made her twin sister his new mistress. The Pope refused to officiate. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
Today I learned about solo weddings in Japan. It's a way of businesses in the marriage market to make their services available to a growing number of Japanese women who are giving up on the idea of ever getting married. tokyoesque.com/marriage-m…
Frankie Lymon, who wrote and sang "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" at the age of 13, died at the age of 25. He was married three times, became addicted to heroin, got straight, then on the eve of recording what would be his comeback record, died of a heroin overdose. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
The runaway in the Beatles' song "She's Leaving Home" was based on a real person. At 17 she left a note and ran off with an older man, leaving all her things behind. She complained her parents gave her everything but affection. Brought home again, she married at 18 and divorced in under a year. rollingstone.com/feature/…
A sports writer wrote a rude and snarky article about the WNBA even though he had never been to a game. He was confronted by a WNBA star who chided him and invited him to watch her play. Two years later they were married. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reb…
In 1990, Julia Roberts and Kiefer Sutherland were to be married - but Julia ran away to Europe with Kiefer's best friend. Humiliated, Kiefer took solace in steer roping. And despite breaking three fingers at his first rodeo he persevered to become a tournament-winning rider on the rodeo circuit. theguardian.com/film/2006…
In the 20th century, the phrase "He never married" was a euphemism used by British obituary writers to imply that the deceased man in question was homosexual. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Today I learned of Marie Anna Mancini who married a French duke. During her marriage, she attempted to poison her husband in order to marry her nephew. She was never convicted for her crimes, instead her older sister was forced to flee the court. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned of Hurrem Sultana aka Roxelana. She was captured during a slave raid by the Crimean Tatars & taken to the harem of the Ottoman Empire. She rose through the ranks & eventually married Suleiman the Magnificent. She broke tradition as the Sultan only married noble ladies prior. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hur…
Barbara Hutton was worth the equivalent of over $1 billion in the 1930s, but due to her extreme generosity, died with only $3500. She married 7 times: a Georgian prince, a Danish count, actor Cary Grant, a Russian prince, a notorious Dominican playboy, a German baron, and a Cambodian prince en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
James Buchanan was the only president of the USA to serve his term as a bachelor. He never married, and during his tenure the role of first lady was fulfilled by his niece, Harriet Lane. history.com/topics/us-pre…
Eric Clapton wrote the song 'Layla' because, in 1969, Clapton fell in love with Pattie Boyd, the wife of one of his best friends, Beatles' George Harrison. He hoped the lyrics would convince Boyd to leave her husband for him. Boyd married Clapton in 1979. azer.com/aiweb/categories…
Before proposing to Melinda, Bill Gates presented her with a whiteboard listing out the pros and cons of getting married. cnbc.com/2019/09/24/bill-…
Pam Courson was named Jim Morrison's heir despite never been married. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pam…
Today I learned about the 21 month long Jubilee line corruption trial, the longest jury trial in UK history. 2 jurors were discharged for personal reasons. One was promised she would be able to get married and go on honeymoon which were cancelled. The trial ended (with acquittals) when a juror β€œwent on strike”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jub…
When Eleanor Roosevelt married FDR, she did NOT have to change her maiden name as it was already Roosevelt. Eleanor’s father was the brother of former President Theodore β€œTeddy” Roosevelt. aboutfranklindroosevelt.c…
If a bride’s Maid Of Honor is married she is technically referred to as a Matron Of Honor and you can have both a Maid and Matron Of Honor at your wedding. dweddings.com/story/the-d…
Empress Catherine I of Russia was a peasant girl captured as a war prize then transferred around until becoming a concubine to Peter the Great. She quickly knew how to best please him, so he married her, and later Romanovs are her descendants. After Peter's death she reigned in her own name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
Today I learned of Martin Pistorius, a man who fell into a coma at age twelve. He was trapped in his body for 12 years. When he showed signs of recovery, his mum quit her job and worked with him for two years, teaching him to speak with a computer. He went on to get a degree, learn to drive, and get married. npr.org/sections/health-s…
Thousands of people of Jewish decent were conscripted or volunteered into the German army during WWII, some ending up in senior positions. Hitler personally signed off on the "declaration of German blood" for 77 high-ranking officers who had Jewish parents or were married to Jews. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
A man once received a heart transplant from a suicide victim, married the donor's widow, then killed himself four years later in the same manner as the donor. nbcnews.com/id/wbna239848…
Hipparchia of Maroneia demanded to marry cynic philosopher Crates despite her parents objecting. Crates, removed his clothes in front of her parents and declared "this is the bridegroom and this is his property". They got married and lived in the streets as cynics, often having sex in public en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hip…
Chrissy Hynde of The Pretenders nearly married both Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious of The Sex Pistols in order to stay in Britain. ultimateclassicrock.com/c…
Ashley Madison, a popular dating site for married people looking to have an affair, had so many fake accounts that in 2012 an employee tasked with creating these fake accounts sued the company due to "repetitive stress injury". The case settled out of court. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ash…
Aubrey Plaza and Michael Cera nearly married each other in Las Vegas following the 2010 movie Scott Pilgrim vs The World news.avclub.com/why-are-w…
Today I learned of couples who decide not to live together but remain married, called "living apart together" couples. The U.S. number of spouses who do so has doubled to 3.6 million since 1991. Research suggests it's common among younger people, due to wanting more autonomy or just liking their own place. glamour.com/story/living-…
Adultery is a felony in the state of Michigan, and when a Married Woman and Single Man commit adultery, the male is also guilty of a felony legislature.mi.gov/(S(fko…
Despite Christians making up only 1.5% of the population of Japan, the majority of Japanese people are married in a Christian ceremony. By contrast, the traditional Shinto ceremony makes up only 1 in 6 Japanese weddings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Philadelphia man David Good was reunited with his mother after traveling deep in to the Amazon, to locate her tribe. His mother, Yarima, escaped back to the Amazon 6 years after David's father had married her and brought her to Philadelphia. inquirer.com/philly/livin…
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. vice.com/en_us/article/3d…
The Christian β€œBob Jones University” didn’t allow blacks to attend until 1971. From β€˜71 to β€˜76 the only blacks that were allowed were married couples. In β€˜82 they lost a Supreme Court case and had to pay back taxes from β€˜71. Interracial dating wasn’t allowed at the university until 2000. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
When Richard the Lionheart got married, he was busy with the Crusades, so his bride came to Cyprus for the wedding. Richard then deposed the ruler of Cyprus, claiming the island for England. Richard wrapped the ruler in gold and silver chains, and presented him to the new queen as a wedding gift mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The Florence Nightingale Effect is only a dramatic story trope and there is no record of Florence Nightingale actually falling in love with her patients. In fact, she never married for fear it might interfere with her calling for nursing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flo…
In the year 1200, all of France was placed under Interdict - a punishment from the Catholic Church banning rites like communion, marriages, communion, etc. - because King Phillip II took a second wife while still legally married to (and imprisoning) Ingeborg of Denmark. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ing…
Louis Armstrong, an influential jazz figure, didn't receive formal musical training until he was arrested for firing a pistol at age 11. In there, the music teacher, Peter Davis, taught him how to play the bugle and cornet. In retrospect, Louis said that was when "me and music got married." history.com/news/9-things…
Emma of Normandy married both Γ†thelred the Unready, the King of the English, and Cnut the Great, the son of Sweyn Forkbeard who overthrew Γ†thelred. Her sons by each, Edward the Confessor and Harthacnut, each became king of England. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emm…

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