Outrageous Love and Marriage in the News

Sometimes "til death do you part" isn't soon enough.

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A South African man was sailing from East London, South Africa, to Madagascar when his yacht ran aground and was severely damaged. He scooped up his beloved nine-year-old Jack Russell terrier and swam ashore to safety. Only when he was assured that his dog would be all right did he swim back to the yacht to save his other traveling companion—his wife. Source: news24.com

At the conclusion of the divorce proceedings, a Serbian judge ordered a man to share all his property equally with his soon to be ex-wife, including his dearly loved farm equipment. Following the judgment to the letter, the man purchased a grinder and cut all his tools and machinery in half. Source: Reuters

After learning that her husband was cheating on her, a British woman decided to end the relationship. She let her husband know by convincing the owner of their favorite pub to temporarily change its name to “Paul I Am Divorcing You.” Source: mirror.co.uk

A Michigan man clearly has not sorted out his anger toward his ex-wife. He bought the house next to hers and erected a giant statue of a clenched fist with one finger extended so that it faced her home. Which finger? Here’s a hint: It’s not the thumb, index finger, ring finger, or pinkie. Source: dailymail.co.uk

A husband in Kenya told his wife that he needed to travel to his home village to visit family, but he instead rented a hotel room with his mistress. That evening, he stepped out into the hallway to call his wife. At that moment, the door to the neighboring room opened, and his wife walked out to answer his call. No, it wasn’t a trap—inside her room was the man she’d been having an affair with. Source: standardmedia.co.ke

Sometimes outrageous news is just flat-out fake. This is how the U.S. countered fake news during World War II. 

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Andy Simmons is a features editor at Reader's Digest.