Thankfully we live in a world where most countries provide their citizens with the freedom to marry the one they love, for now anyway. However, what happens when someone falls in love with an inanimate object rather than a real person? Yeah, it's a thing. Known as objectophilia, those who experience it are said to hold a strong sense of attraction towards lifeless objects such as bridges or cars, with some even forming an extreme emotional bond. Plus, although objectophilia is related to lifeless objects, some sufferers claim that the objects themselves actually have feelings, with many stating that the objects they have fallen in love with have been able to communicate through intense passion.
Research has suggested that the range of emotions felt by those who are attracted to inanimate objects is extremely striking in that the level of connection felt appears to be extremely genuine. Sometimes classified as a form of sexuality, the attraction itself has had little publicity, with it usually judged negatively. Seen as strange and even sickening, it can be difficult for people to admit their feelings or indeed seek help if that's what they wanted.
However, at the end of the day, these people are doing no harm, with their attachment easily seen as just another case of unrequited love that we are so used to seeing throughout film, music, the media, and our own lives. But, what if the object was a living and breathing animal, and not the kind that you usually meet romantically on a night out? With people marrying animals now exceptionally common, it then begs the question to what is morally right, especially with the animal unable to say "no". As odd as this is, it does happen. So for your entertainment, let's take a look at the 15 weirdest things people have actually married.
15 The Eiffel Tower
No stranger to object sexuality, Erika La Tour Eiffel, (yes, that is her real name) has fallen in love with a number of objects throughout her life. From the Berlin Wall to a piece of fence that she keeps in her bedroom, La Tour Eiffel, is comfortable and confident with her sexuality. However, with one object in particular stealing her heart, La Tour Eiffel decided to take it that step further by marrying it. That's right, declaring her love for the Eiffel Tower, the pair married in 2008, pledging to love, honor and obey one another, or at least one of them did. Legally changing her name, the ceremony was witnessed by a number of her friends in support of her marriage. Commenting on her infatuations, La Tour Eiffel admitted, "I find my type is an object that’s misunderstood by the world. The Eiffel Tower is surrounded by millions of tourists who are in love with each other, not with her".
14 A Doll
Upon hearing the news that he had terminal cancer, a 28-year-old Chinese man decided that he wanted to get married before his untimely death. However, without a lady in his life, the man chose to marry a doll instead, so as not to upset anyone when he eventually passed. The ceremony was composed of everything that would usually be seen at a wedding, apart from the bride that it is, and the man documented the entire event through a number of formal and glamorous wedding photographs. However, although it may seem extremely real, many have accused the man of faking it, declaring it to be one big media stunt, to increase the sales of the dolls themselves. Whatever the case may be, it is still an interesting story, as well as exceptionally heartbreaking when you think about it.
13 A Dolphin
Originally hailing from England, Sharon Tendler, met and proposed to dolphin Cindy almost 25 years ago, declaring that it was love at first sight. Marrying in Eilat, in the south of Israel, the ceremony consisted of Tendler, Cindy and a handful of witnesses, who all supported the marriage. In fact, with Tendler's marriage to Cindy the first of its kind, Tendler proudly shut down the haters by declaring, "It's not a perverted thing. I do love this dolphin. He's the love of my life". Dressed in a white dress and a veil, Tendler and Cindy made the marriage official by sharing a kiss, with Tendler often returning to Israel to visit her husband. However, like all great romances, tragedy struck as Cindy sadly passed away a short time later. Estimated to be almost 40 years old, Cindy lived a great life, even marrying a human in the process, I mean what dolphin can say that right?
12 A Corpse
Probably the most strange on the list, depending on how you view life, Thailand born Chadil Deffy married his recently deceased girlfriend in a ceremony dubbed as both a wedding and a funeral. Together for almost ten years, the pair were said to have been inseparable, causing Deffy an obvious amount of distress when she died. Although some may disagree, Deffy's friend recalls the reason to why Deffy made such a drastic decision claiming, "the motivation for this display was guilt, pure and simple. He felt he hadn’t done enough for his girlfriend of 10 years while she was alive. Before her sudden death in a road accident, she had suggested that he marry her. But he had demurred, putting the idea on hold. The 'wedding' was his attempt to right a wrong, however belated the gesture might have been." There is no doubting the love shared between the two, with Deffy wanting to fulfill his promise.
11 A Goat
Deciding to finish his days married to his beloved goat Carmelita, 74-year-old Brazilian Aparecido Castaldo had actually been involved with the goat for almost two years prior to the wedding. Said to have eaten the wedding dress before she even had a chance to put it on, Castaldo and his goat are very much in love, living a life of wedded bliss. Discussing the benefits of marrying a goat as opposed to a real woman, Castaldo confessed, "she doesn’t speak and doesn’t want money", declaring her the love of his life. With the goat now acting as step-mother to Castaldo's seven children, the wedding itself has caused a number of controversies, especially with regards to animal rights activists and church goers. However, don't worry, when asked if Castaldo would consummate the marriage, he quickly admitted that is not what he was interested in but rather companionship. Phew!
10 A Truck
Frustrated by her lack of libido, Maria Griffin initially thought she was asexual, a sexuality in which a person feels no sexual pleasure or thoughts for another person. However, after discovering that she was attracted to objects after experiencing her first climax when looking at a picture of the New York Chrysler building, Griffin began to have an interest in trucks. Attending truck showrooms just to be around them, Griffin began to regularly pleasure herself over the images, meeting her future husband, who was also a truck, not long after. Marrying her four-wheeled lump on Valentine's Day in 2011, Griffin claims their sex life is amazing, often making love a number of times per week. Coming out to her parents and a number of friends, Griffin admitted that the revelation had been difficult for a number of people, with her mother and father having not spoken to her since.
9 A Roller Coaster
Born in the USA, 35-year-old Amy Wolfe recently married the '1001 Nachts', a roller coaster based in Knoebels Amusement Park, Pennsylvania. Originally meeting when she was just 13 years old, Wolfe instantly fell in love, repeatedly going back to ride her eventual lover. Accumulating over 3000 rides over the next ten years, Wolfe and 1000 Nachts finally married, changing her last name to Weber after the roller coaster's manufacturer. Visiting her partner at least ten times a year, Wolfe admitted, “I love him as much as women love their husbands and know we’ll be together forever”. Claiming that she doesn't get jealous when other men and women ride him, Wolfe sleeps with a photo of the machine on her ceiling, as well as carrying a number of spare nuts and bolts from the ride itself stating, "I’m not hurting anyone and I can’t help it, It’s a part of who I am".
8 A Video Game Character
With the gaming industry at an all time high, it was only a matter of time until someone tried to take it that little bit further. Born in Japan, 29-year-old Sal 9000 shocked the world when he married a computer game character, making him the first human to marry an avatar. Pictured in a white tuxedo, the ceremony was streamed online, with a number of witnesses able to watch Sal confess his love and eternal devotion to the computerized image. And the wife? Full name Nene Anegasaki, Sal admits she is better than a full time girlfriend, claiming, "she doesn't get angry if I'm late in replying to her. Well, she gets angry, but she forgives me quickly." Featured on the popular Nintendo DS game 'Love Plus', Sal and Nene are currently living happily ever after, virtually of course, with Sal able to bring her everywhere he goes.
7 A Cobra
Heartbroken due to the untimely death of his girlfriend 5 years prior, a young unidentified Asian man suddenly became convinced that she had come back to him in the form of a snake. That's right, claiming that the cobra in question bore a striking resemblance to his late lover (charming), the man ultimately decided that he just had to marry the 10ft reptile, organizing a ceremony soon after. Now happily married, the pair are regularly snapped out and about, going to the gym together and watching television, with the snake seemingly having the same romantic feelings. In fact, it is also said that the two sleep together, sharing a bed as husband and snake. Genuinely convinced that the cobra is his girlfriend reincarnated, the man is famed for his romantic relationship with the serpent all over the world, with reports that the pair are planning their first holiday together.
6 A Bridge
Originally hailing from Australia, artist Jodi Rose began an intimate affair with Le Pont Du Diable, a bridge in Southern France, as soon as she laid eyes on it. Marrying the bridge in 2013, Rose wore a floor length wedding dress, as well as providing rings for the occasion. Commenting on the day itself, Rose stated, "our wedding night was very special, although we didn’t have time alone together right after the ceremony, as he is a workaholic so couldn’t leave the river banks. I left him with a loving kiss and my friends joined me in helping to celebrate the union with a swim in the River Tech which flows beneath him". Although not legally recognized, Rose is adamant that the love between them is binding, going as far as writing a blog on the matter. In fact, Rose claims, "he is everything I could desire in a husband, sturdy, trustworthy, sensual, kind and handsome, there is longevity in the arch of his back, he has stood for 600 years and he will stand for 600 more.” Saucy.
5 The Berlin Wall
After changing her name to Berliner-Mauer, which means Berlin Wall in German, Eija-Riitta married the famous wall in 1979. Admitting that she had fallen in love with the magnificent structure when she had first seen it on television as a child, Berliner-Mauer now claims that the wall is the love of her life. However, things got a little nasty when the wall was torn down ten years later, with Berliner-Mauer claiming that "what they did was awful. They mutilated my husband. The last few years have been very difficult for me since the attack on my spouse. Rather than continue like that, I have altered my consciousness using temporal displacement. This is a method I have used before to cope with other traumatic events". Still clinging on to pictures of her late husband, Berliner-Mauer has yet to visit the remains. However, bouncing back, Berliner-Mauer has moved on to a number of other objects since, yet still holds a special place in her heart for the historic landmark.
4 A Tree
Often mistaken for hunky American actor Johnny Depp, Peruvian Richard Torres married his favorite tree due to his overwhelming love for environmental health. Vowing to stay true to the tree forever, Torres dressed appropriately for the formal gathering, donning a white tuxedo, and a blue top hat, as well as providing rings for the newlyweds. Pictured kissing the tree after the ceremony Torres' initial aim was to highlight the environmental issues that so often occur, with global warming and pollution high on the list. Claiming, "my commitment is to life and peace on Earth," Torres is actually a tree polygamist, racking up 3 previous marriages beforehand. He's more than just your average tree hugger, it seems Torres just can't keep his branch in his pants. However, with his marriages not exactly legally binding anyway, it seems Torres is free to marry as many trees as he wants.
3 A Computer
Army veteran Chris Sevier recently filed a lawsuit that claimed he had been prevented from marrying his iBook computer. Suing the Utah County Clerk over a rejection of his request to marry his computer, Sevier declared that if same sex couples were able to marry then he should be able to wed his laptop. Threatening to take the case all the way to the Supreme Court, Sevier admitted his sexual attraction to the device, stating that the computer was his preferred sexual object in that he enjoyed being intimate with it more than anything else. After being rejected, Sevier claimed he was being singled out, angrily declaring, "they discriminated against me when they rejected my request to marry my computer, I approached the Utah clerk to have a marriage licence issued for me and my machine-spouse. The clerk denied my request for a marriage licence... my object of affection was outside the scope of the narrow definition".
2 A Pillow
Known as a 'dakimakura', a large and comfortable pillow made in Japan, the product has been extremely successful throughout the world. However, designed for comfort and resting your head, South Korean man Lee Jin-gyu found another use, deciding to marry it instead. Pictured with a popular anime character on the side of its face, the pair married in a special ceremony in front of a local priest who happily blessed the marriage between them. With claims that he is absolutely head over heels in love, Jin-guy's friends stated, "he is completely obsessed with this pillow and takes it everywhere, they go out to the park or the funfair where it will go on all the rides with him. Then when he goes out to eat he takes it with him and it gets its own seat and its own meal". With the image featuring the face of anime fire cracker Fate Testarossa, the pair had already been dating for six years before tying the knot, now lovingly living the life of husband and wife.
So what do you do if all fails and you can't find anyone (or anything) to marry? Marry yourself, of course! Originally hailing from China, 39-year-old Liu Ye married himself back in 2007, now racking up nearly ten years of wedded bliss. Holding the ceremony in front of 100 guests, Liu Ye made a cutout cardboard version of himself, donned in a red bridal dress and made-up hair. Making sure to adhere to Chinese wedding rituals and traditions, Liu Ye also did the rounds with regards to toasting the huge number of guests that had all been invited, as well as taking part in a number of other Bride and Groom customs. Liu Ye explained, "there are many reasons for marrying myself, but mainly to express my dissatisfaction with reality. This marriage makes me whole again. My definition of marriage is different from others".
Sources: thefw.com, rebelcircus.com, lifebuzz.com, jezebel.com
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