Love is in the Air

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"I'm not a saint, but I'm not a sinner...everything's cool as long as I'm getting thinner."
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Posted on February 07, 2005 3:40 PM in Elsewhere
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I've found yet another gem in Wired's Furthermore section:

Love Is in the Air

This sounds too fanciful to be true, but the Jordanian news service Petra is reporting it as fact, and the world is weird enough that maybe, just maybe.... A married man, identified as Bakr Melhem, found new love in a chat room while corresponding with a woman who identified herself as Jamila. After three months of wooing, Jamila and Bakr, who called himself Adnan, agreed they would marry. To seal the deal, they arranged to meet at a bus station in a small Jordanian town outside the capital. Imagine their surprise when Jamila turned out to be Sanaa – Bakr's wife. Bakr turned white, screaming loudly: "You are divorced, divorced, divorced!" – the traditional way of ending a marriage in Islam. Sanaa fainted, but not before calling her husband a liar.

This sounds like a twenty-first century version of something Shakespeare would have written.

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