5 Weirdest Marriages in the World to Remind You of Your Sanity

You know Valentines’ Day is coming, and if you are going with the traditional flow, you will probably start searching for holidays’ specific cards (and we suggest the honesty – oriented ones we presented you with not such a long time ago), some shopping sprees and, of course, marriage proposals, as what can be more romantic that saying to the person you love that you want to spend the rest of your life in her or his company?

However, you also know that true love knows no boundaries and no limitations, and if you thought that gay marriage is the hottest subject in the press nowadays, maybe it’s time to remind everybody that stranger things had happen and people married lifeless objects and even pets.

So if you thought this world is stranger than fiction, you ain’t seen nothing yet. We will remind you of five of the weirdest marriages in the world, only to shake you up a bit, although we are certain that even more odd things take place as we speak. Some of these cases are already famous, but once in a while, it’s a good thing to restore the faith in ourselves, as no matter how bad we’re doing on Valentines’ Day, some people may find themselves in stranger situations.

1. Eija-Riitta Berliner-Mauer had her partner broken down. Literally

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Of course you already know this lady’s story. But in case you missed it, here is the summary: Eija – Riita fell in love with the Berlin Wall when she was a child. She waited long enough before she could finally and officially get united with the object of her passion, and she actually married the wall. They had a lovely, happy marriage until 1989, when poor Berlin Wall was put to the ground and Eija – Riita was widowed of her husband. She keeps its pictures close to her heart.

2. Maria Griffin and her beloved truck

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It was 2011 when the news about Maria Griffin started circulating the Internet, bringing her fame and a historical mention on Listverse for marrying her truck. Men weren’t bringing her any satisfaction and she, like all women, just wanted somebody to love, to be loved by and to be happy forever after. She married her truck on a beautiful Valentines’ Day and reports say their sex life was described as being amazing

3. When fiction is better than real life

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So you heard about this guy who married his beloved anime fictional character? Come on, it was on CNN, as it is one thing to marry a cat or the Eiffel Tower and a whole new level of emotion and loyalty when you marry a video game character. People collected posters back in the day, some own entire collectibles art galleries, some wear proudly a tattoo displaying such fascinating character, but marrying one? Now this is either the most brilliant idea to eradicate all boundaries when it comes to love, or the absolute proof that an anime character is better than a human girlfriend. Now that’s a thought to ponder upon…

4. What’s with women and snakes?

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OK, maybe the question sounds wrong, but seriously. If you were too young to read creepy news in 2006, then you should know that back in those times, a Hindu woman fell in love with a snake and decided to marry it. Now, if you ever considered tying the knot with your favorite pair of Manolos, well… other women fell for snakes. This one, in particular, also arranged a traditional wedding ceremony, attended by many people. The groom wasn’t present, for various and probably personal reasons, but there was a brass representation of it to go through the ceremonial. One of the weirdest marriages in the world, you have to admit, and perhaps not even the strangest of them all.

5. Marriage. Doggy style

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Whatever you’re thinking, don’t! It’s not like that! It is true that Joseph Guiso married his Labrador Retriever in 2010. It may have been a just for fun thing or a serious condition, but whatever you are thinking next, don’t. This is pure love we are talking about here and deep sentiments. That’s all.

Now, if you get very lonely on Valentines’ Day, these examples here are the best reminders that people did even stranger things in order to express their love and make their relationships official, so calling your ex in a moment of vulnerability may not be something to hate yourself for until time’s end. These five weirdest marriages in the world (among tens of others just as odd) can be a proof that true loves exists and some people did crazy stuff in the name of love.

3 Most Bizarre and Unlikely Weapons People Managed to Commit Crimes With

Murder. Capital sin and one of the most condemned, heinous and news worthy crimes humans can commit. While psychologists, anthropologists, sociologists and law men all over the world are still studying the exact intricate, subtle and mind-blowing mechanisms that can turn a person from a decent human being into a murderous monster by years, by night or by seconds, the media is always here to present us every gruesome and gory detail of such crime when it’s committed or attempted (sometimes embellish the story for the audience rankings too), not leaving behind any element that might scare us, disgust, shock and terrorize us.

And then again, if we already kind of got used to hearing about guns blazing, knives stabbing, fists and feet hitting, baseball bats cracking and all other sharp, blunt or piercing manufactured weapons or weapon-like common objects, and choose not to read your newsfeed anymore, sometimes, when you hear about a woman stabbed her husband with a squirrel, you feel compelled to read about it, as this is quite a new, original story. So thinking about the most bizarre and unlikely weapons people managed to commit crimes with, we browsed the Internet and found at least three such murder and attempted murder cases, which, if they wouldn’t be so sad, they would be funny in the sickest way.

1. Criminal domestic violence with a squirrel

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This is the freshest and the most intolerable one news-wise, because when you actually read the articles (and not just the titles), you will find out that a woman indeed beat the soul out of her husband and allegedly tried to stab him with a ceramic squirrel on Christmas Eve. The key word is “allegedly” and the squirrel wasn’t Chip, or Dale in some live form, but yet again, to use a ceramic decoration to assault a man deserves a mention in the media and the squirrel definitely found its rightful place among the most bizarre and unlikely weapons people managed to commit crimes with, even if the squirrel isn’t technically a murder weapon, because the husband survived.

2. Beware the Xbox 360

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Also recent and terrifying piece of news, in April 2013, according to the press, a woman found her total demise in the hands of her boyfriend, who used an Xbox 360 to beat her to death with. Now, before over-exaggerating, people committed murder with even more bizarre and unlikely weapons, such as chessboards, stones, pickle jars or toilet tank lids, to only name a few. The logic is clear, the bigger, harder and solid the object, the greatest chances to break somebody’s skull, if you are very determined to successfully reach your goal. But in this case, the motivation of Darrius Johnson was mind-blowing: he sacrificed the girlfriend for her being in possession of his spirit. At the crime scene, three knives were found too, so the man had some serious problems. The Xbox may have just been at hand, who knows?

3. The spatula that kills

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There is a f*-up video on the Internet about some freaky guy murdering another guy with a spoon. Seriously now? Kill an adult by hitting him with a spoon? This is “Tarantino had a smoke with Freddy Kruger” type of scenario horror movie. Don’t watch it if your nerves are not made of steel, though. But since they say there is no smoke without a fire, if you can kill a five year old girl with an ordinary kitchen spatula, who says that if you insist long enough, you can’t beat to death a grown man with a spoon? As impossible, against – nature and shocking as it sounds, this is also true. A very pissed – off mother beaten her 5 year old girl to death with a spatula. The case was covered extensively back in 2010, as both parents lied about the girl’s condition, tried to fool the investigators and get away with it. Only the mother was charged with murder, but the father trying to cover up the truth was held in for child abuse.

There are plenty of other bizarre and unlikely weapons people managed to commit crimes with and you probably heard about chainsaws, bowling balls, corkscrews, a microwave oven and equally insane objects some lunatics used to end or try to end other peoples’ lives. What is in their heads? What can drive them to just pick the most common household item or decoration around and going all Charles Manson on somebody, with no regard to human life, the law or their own self – preservation? This may be one of the most puzzling questions ever…

Five Most Fascinating Cemeteries of the World

Death is no laughable matter. Although it is a natural part of life, it can sometimes be dramatic and difficult to handle. However, while a funeral is surely a reason for tears, the place of rest must not be dull and sad. Cemeteries are places where family and friends can visit their lost ones, but they must not be considered simple places of remembrance. Think about it this way: wouldn’t your loved one like to rest in a place full of flowers, sunlight and other happy things? The answer is probably yes. Other people thought so to, and this is why they have created “Merry Cemeteries”. Let’s take a look at the five most beautiful and fascinating cemeteries in the world:

1. “The Merry Cemetery”, Romania

The Merry Cemetery from Sapanta, Romania, is infamous for its vividly colored graves and happy paintings that depict scenes from the life and occupation of the deceased. It was designed by a local artist known as Stan  Ioan Patras. Some of the colored crosses also have funny poems which are relevant to the people buried there. Here is an example:

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Under this heavy cross
Lies my poor mother in-law
Three more days she would have lived
I would die, and she would read (this cross).
You, who here are passing by
Not to wake her up please try
Cause’ if she comes back home
She’ll criticize me more.
But I’ll behave so well
That she’ll not return from hell.
Stay here, my dear mother in-law!
 

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The unique thing about the Merry Cemetery is the fact that it does not consider death as a solemn and sad event, but rather a reason to smile. This may be connected to the Dacian culture. The Dacians did not fear death, they embraced it. Whenever a child was born they would cry, and when they died, they would do so with a smile on their face.

2. Waverley Cemetery, Sydney 

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Talk about scenery! The Waverley Cemetery is situated o nthe top of a cliff, and it is extremely famous for its preserved Victorian and Edwardian monuments. Interestingly enough it was self-funded, and it represents the final resting place for names such as Henry Lawson (poet) and Australia’s first Prime Minister: Sir Edmund Barton.

3. Islo di San Michele, Venice

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Next on our most fascinating cemeteries list is the Islo di San Michele which is one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world. It is located on an island because in that time, the French decreed that burials on the mainland are not sanitary. For the purpose of moving the deceased, it has special funeral gondolas. It is also the final resting place for Igor Stravinsky, and English author Frederick Rolfe.

4. Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia

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Hundreds of thousands of heroes have laid down their lives in order to protect ours, and for this we must thank them. The Arlington National Cemetery, established at the Arlington House is home to 400.000 souls, and it is the only cemetery of its kind in the world. Every year, on Memorial Day, American flags are planted on the graves as a sign of gratitude.

5.  Hanging Coffins, Sagada Mountain Province, Philippines

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Now this is indeed a sight to behold. For centuries, the indigenous Igorot people of Sagada have practiced an extremely unique burial process: they hang their coffins from cliffs and caves. It is still not known why they do so, but many have speculated that it is a way to bring the deceased closer to heaven. All coffins are hand-carved, and are carried through the dense jungle with the help of ropes and wires. In case you were thinking a more dramatic burial place, you should know that there are special criteria that one must meet before being considered. This includes being married and having grandchildren.

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Scientology, Occult Sorcery and the Jet Propulsion Lab

Whoever thought that Pasadena, California is a place where nothing out of the ordinary ever happens has most certainly never heard of Jack Parsons, a darkly handsome young man and chemistry autodidact. Parsons was also a member of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a group of explosion experts. You might think that being a man of science, he would not believe in the occult, but as it turns out, he was actually a goddess-obsessed acolyte and the financial supporter for a Pagan leader known as Aleister Crowley. Jack Parsons converted an old mansion into a house here artists, writers and other researchers who believed in Pagan culture were welcome.

For those who are not interested in attending college, you will be pleasantly surprised to hear that Parsons forfeited years of teachings in favor of his garage and on his backyard experiments. He became a researcher for CalTech in the year 1930, and by the late 30s he had already helped found the JPL, an international superstar that is responsible for the invention of rocket fuel. In the mean-time he was working on his pagan “hobby”: obtaining the Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO) status within Crowleys pagan organization.

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John Carter retells the story of Jack Parson in a fascinating book called: Sex and Rockets: The Occult World of Jack Parsons. You’d think that invoking Satan at the age of 13 would probably result in an incredible fear towards the occult, but for Parsons it meant the birth of a life-long passion for all that has to do with this field. Nevertheless, although both Crowley and Parsons talk about Satan in their works, they have never considered themselves “Satan worshipers”. Before free-spirited-souls could ever come up with open-relationships, Parsons had already discovered it. Another thing that he had discovered was hallucinogenic drugs. In his fiery passion, he discovered many things, created many fans, and received lots of money in exchange for spiritual guidance. By day he was a genius and respectable scientists, and by night he would dance naked in his backyard. Talk about being controversial. But the surprises don’t stop here.

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Parsons had always shared his life with Betty, his girlfriend (with which he had an open relationship). At a moment in time, a pagan writer, L. Ron Hubbard moved in with them. He was a war veteran with a talent for story-telling, and he quickly became Parson’s best friend when it came to the quest of incarnating the goddess Babalon on Earth. These two men thought that Babalon would be a bewitching redhead, who will, at some point, give birth to the Antichrist. How did they try to achieve them? Well, Hubbard and Parsons held joint rituals inspired by Babalon’s sexuality: Parsons would masturbate repeatedly and Hubbard would chant rituals while taking notes. The notes referred to “invoking” with the help of a “wand”. How adorable.

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Interestingly enough, Hubbard soon became bored with Parson’s lame excuse of invoking so he began sleeping with Betty (not that it was a problem). Soon after, the incarnation of Babalon (or at least this is what the two men thought) came knocking on their door: an adventurous redheaded artists called Marjorie Cameron. Because Parsons was handsome, she accepted to sleep with him and led Hubbard participate. The men believed that they were invoking spirits with their astonishing potency and sorcery, but no Antichrist was ever born. The redheaded beauty left, and this lead to a deeper relationship between Hubbard and Betty. Hubbard also became interested in the OTO status. For those familiar with Scientology, you probably already know that the only way to achieve enlightenment is to ascend through several numerical steps, and gain access to well-kept secrets.

 You might say that Scientology is the science fiction version of the supernatural horror that was the OTO. So the religions may be different genres, but they have a lot in common. (Source: io9.com

In the end, Hubbard and Parsons split up: Hubbard published his work Dianetics, and Parsons died in an idiotic accident on his front porch, but he will always be remembered for his contributions in rocket fuel technology, and his fascination with the occult may be explained by the fact that the major discoveries he made in the field of science emerged from fantasy and became reality. The lines were still blurred, so it is no wonder that magic was involved.

The Five Most Interesting Medical Conditions

Medicine has always been fascinating for most people and although some types of cases are fairly frequent, there are those conditions that only seem to occur once in a blue moon. Startling both doctors and patients, such ailments are by no means easily treated (if they have a treatment at all) and leave those confronted with them bot baffled and at an impossibility to manage. Here are some interesting medical cases that you may find worth reading:

1. Fibrodysplasia osificans progresiva(Stone Man’s Disease)

With only eight hundred cases confirmed worldwide, this disease belongs to the rarest and most incapacitating conditions out there. Patients experience bone growth in place of tendons and muscle (and generally, where connective tissue is found) so that movement is restricted progressively. This ailment can go as far as to turn patients into living statues (they can grow a second skeleton) although their inner organs remain perfectly healthy since they are composed of other types of muscle fibers.

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2. Cotard’s Syndrome

This mental disorder also called “Walking Corpse Syndrome” represents and ailment where patients hold the delusional belief that they are dead (nihilistic delusions that are either literal or figurative but that have the sufferer convinced that he or she is putrefying, has lost his organs or blood and is no longer among the living). There are also rare described instances where patients suffer delusions of immortality. Although the DSM-IV and the ICD 10 (international classifications of mental disease guides) do not recognize Cotard’s Syndrome, there are several treatment options, where electroconvulsive therapy seems to work best.

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3. Neonatal Progeroid Syndrome

Progeroid syndromes represent a class of ailments that go hand in hand with premature aging, and believe it or not, there are forms of this disease that can cause accelerated fat loss as well as tissue degeneration. There are patients who are still being investigated but are believed to belong to a class of this disease and who need to eat every fifteen minutes so as to stay alive . In spite of 60 meals a day, there are women suffering from this disease who absolutely can’t gain weight regardless of the quantities of food they take in (sometimes more tan 8000 calories).

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4. Progeria (Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome)

Another extremely rare genetic disease, progeria represents one of the ailments whose marking symptoms are aging at very early ages and occurs once every 8 million births. Patients rarely live past their teen years, although there have been reported cases of sufferers living past the normal expected age. Sufferers age at eight times the normal rate so that, by the time they are 12-13 patients have already died from heart attacks, strokes or other age related illnesses.

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5. Bark Skin Disorder

Most of us are absolutely appalled by a single wart that might make his way on or skin, but there are some cases of warts appearing across entire limbs, across faces and turning people into what seems to be a treant. As weird as it may seem, epidermodysplasia verruciformis is as real as it gets and represent a disease where the Human Papiloma Virus spreads uncontrolled across the skin of patients. There is also an immune system defect that is being considered in the parthenogenesis of this illness, but there are patients who require more than 2 surgeries per year if they are to remove these growths that keep on growing back.

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There are countless more diseases that can seem both horrific and interesting to the beholder, but the truth is that we will never comprehend the level of stress and pain that patients suffering such illnesses feel, although we can become more understanding by getting acquainted with the illness itself.