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11 Arrested After 'Corpse Bride' Is Dug Up

Chinese woman's body used for ancient 'ghost marriage' ritual

(Newser) - It sounds like a Tim Burton film, but the reality is much creepier: Chinese police have arrested 11 people in the country's east who are accused of playing a role in a "ghost marriage." In the ancient custom, a man who dies single is laid to rest... More »

Court Blesses Marriage Between Niece, Half-Uncle

New York judge says first cousins can wed, so these folks can, too

(Newser) - Marriage rights are being expanded all across the nation, and New York's highest court has joined the club. Except, as the Albany Times Union notes, "the change is probably not one you were expecting." This one involves half-uncles and half-nieces, and from now on, marriages between them... More »

Saudi Man Told to Pony Up iPhone 6 in Order to Marry

Bride's father just wanted cash, but her brother had something else in mind

(Newser) - Before he can marry his fiancee, a Saudi man must provide her with a phone that's not even on the market yet, according to her brother. The brother has set an iPhone 6 as the price of marriage, Gulf News reports, though the would-be bride's father had earlier... More »

Sorry, Guys: Wives' Happiness Matters More

Study: If women are happy in marriage, men are happy, period

(Newser) - A new study of marriage by sociologists suggests that what Medical Daily calls an age-old "morsel of manly wisdom" is actually true: For men, "a happy wife is a happy life." Researchers from Rutgers and the University of Michigan found the following dynamic at play: If women... More »

A First: Majority of Americans Are Single

124.6M haven't gotten hitched

(Newser) - On your own? You're in good company. Just north of half of Americans over the age of 16—50.2% of them, or 124.6 million, to be specific—are single, the Bureau of Labor Statistics finds. It's the first time a majority have been single since such... More »

Kids Fight Over Marriage of Newlyweds, 95 and 96

Daughter challenging union based on inheritance concerns

(Newser) - Edith Hill, 96, and Eddie Harrison, 95, are thrilled to have found each other. "He touched my heart. I fell in love with him," Hill told WJLA in July. The Virginia pair met 10 years ago while buying lottery tickets—splitting a $2,500 winner—and married earlier... More »

Iowa Women Marry After 72 Years Together

Vivian Boyack, 91, and Alice 'Nonie' Dubes, 90, finally tie the knot

(Newser) - After 72 years together, two Iowa women have finally said "I do." "This is a celebration of something that should have happened a very long time ago," said the reverend officiating the Saturday wedding of Vivian Boyack, 91, and Alice "Nonie" Dubes, 90. They met... More »

Couples Who Smoke Pot Together Stay ... Chill

Researchers say it's especially true when both spouses partake

(Newser) - It isn't called a peace pipe for nothing. New research backs up what most people would have probably guessed—that married couples who smoke pot tend to be less violent than those who don't, and that this is especially true when both partners toke up. In a study... More »

In Marriage, Short Guys Keep the Girl

New research shows they get divorced at vastly lower rates

(Newser) - The short guy doesn't always get the girl, but when he does, he usually gets to keep her. So says a new study in the National Bureau of Economic Research , which found that short guys, defined as those shorter than 5-foot-7, are about 18% less likely to marry than... More »

Want a Happy Marriage? Have a Big Wedding, Says Study

Researchers find a correlation; it also helps to have few prior sexual partners

(Newser) - To boost your odds of a lasting marriage, you might want to extend the list of wedding invitations. Why? Perhaps because when a lot of people see you making your commitment, you're more likely to work to keep it, say researchers. Their new study finds that couples who had... More »

Woman Sets Husband on Fire ... to Get His Attention

Toddi Bork mad that he sprayed poison on weeds

(Newser) - An Oregon woman accused of setting her husband on fire because of an argument over weed killer is in jail on an attempted murder charge. KPTV reports an officer on patrol Friday evening saw the couple outside their Mount Angel home and initially thought there had been an accident with... More »

23 Hurt in Bizarre Attack at Chicago Anniversary Party

The injured, mostly kids, were treated for skin irritation from mace-like spray

(Newser) - If they hadn't already had to, a couple celebrating 50 years of marriage with family and friends is now being called to make good on the "in sickness and in health" portion of their wedding vows: Someone sprayed a mace-like substance into the yard where the anniversary party... More »

Saudi Men Need Permission to Marry Foreigners

Government cracks down, even for foreign women already in the country

(Newser) - Saudi men now need government consent to take foreign brides—and if their true love happens to be an expatriate from Myanmar, Chad, Pakistan, or Bangladesh, they're out of luck completely, reports Makkah Daily via the Al Arabiya Network . Police have informed Saudi men that they're banned from... More »

Trophy Wife? She Doesn't Really Exist

Successful men typically end up with successful women

(Newser) - Before you assume the attractive woman married to the rich guy is a trophy wife, read this: A new study finds that stereotype is largely a myth. The belief goes that, when it comes to mates, rich men care about physical attractiveness more than any other attribute (like level of... More »

Reporter Investigates ... Her Own Marriage Proposal

Maryanne Firth's boyfriend knew the mysterious signs would pull her to scene

(Newser) - Maryanne Firth, a reporter in Welland, Ontario, didn't mind that it was her turn to work last weekend. She'd finally get to learn what was behind the mysterious pink heart posters that started popping up all over town in late April: New ones had recently arrived alongside their... More »

You and Your Spouse May Have Similar DNA

But new study finds your education level similarity is likely much stronger

(Newser) - You may have more in common with your spouse than you think—like DNA, a new study suggests. Scientists came to their conclusion, published yesterday in the journal PNAS , after reviewing data on 9,429 non-Hispanic whites, a group that included 825 wedded couples. The bigger number of the study:... More »

For a Better Marriage, Mind Your Blood Sugar

Low blood sugar linked to marital discord

(Newser) - "If couples have a sensitive topic to discuss, it would be really smart to do it over dinner or better yet after dinner," say researchers who have linked low blood sugar to marital hostility. "They should definitely not do it on an empty stomach." Researchers tracked... More »

Study: Marriage Is Good for Your Heart

Those who say 'I do' seem to have fewer problems

(Newser) - A new study says getting married could be good for your heart. After surveying 3.5 million women and men across the nation, researchers at NYU's Langone Medical Center concluded that marriage lowers the risk of heart disease by 5%. And apparently, marriage was most beneficial to those younger... More »

Florida Moves to Ban Under-16 Marriages

Rep. cites case of 13-year-old groom

(Newser) - Floridians too young to drive should be considered too young to get married, even if they're not too young to have made a baby, a Florida lawmaker says. Rep. Cynthia Stafford, a Democrat, has introduced a bill to scrap a law that allows people 15 or younger to marry... More »

Shacking Up Before Marriage Not a Ticket to Divorce

Study found age when you live together, married or not, matters most

(Newser) - In a study that throws conventional wisdom to the wind, a sociologist now says that shacking up before marriage isn't tied to divorce, in what is ostensibly good news for the two-thirds of marriages where cohabitation precedes the wedding day. Researchers and social commentators have proclaimed the existence of... More »

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