Thursday, February 17, 2005

Love, Jordanian Style

DQ reader Steve West sent me a link last week that I originally thought was an urban legend. Now, though, it appears to be true. Here's the link:

AMMAN (AFP) - A budding romance between a Jordanian man and woman turned into an ugly public divorce when the couple found out that they were in fact man and wife, state media reported.

Bakr, who passed himself off as Adnan, fell head over heels for Sanaa, who signed off as Jamila (beautiful) and described herself as a cultured, unmarried woman -- a devout Muslim whose hobby was reading, Petra said.

Cyber love blossomed between the pair for three months and soon they were making wedding plans. To pledge their troth in person, they agreed to meet in the flesh near a bus depot in the town of Zarqa, northeast of Amman.

The shock of finding out their true identities was too much for the pair.

Upon seeing Sanaa-alias-Jamila, Bakr-alias-Adnan turned white and screamed at the top of his lungs: "You are divorced, divorced, divorced" -- the traditional manner of officially ending a marriage in Islam.

"You are a liar," Sanaa retorted before fainting, the agency said.

Bakr (Adnan) was later seen wearing a t-shirt with the slogan "My Wife Wanted To Have An Affair And All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt." Sanaa, meanwhile, has asked for a full refund.

Okay, I added that last paragraph.

I will say, though, that if you can't stand your spouse, you seek an affair online, you find someone who wants to have an affair, and that person turns out to be your spouse, then you are a charter member of the My Life Sucks club.

There's another very funny aspect of this story. If you look at the link, there's a photo included of an unidentified, veiled woman typing on a keyboard. Wow--I guess a picure really is worth a thousand words.

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