Love is grand: divorce is a hundred grand.



Sharia Law

Under Sharia law practiced in Iran, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Sudan, a man needs no reason to divorce his wife. All he needs to do is say the word 'talaq' three times.

Unusual Divorce Settlements

  • In 2005, Simon and Chana Taub had their life turned into a promising format for a sitcom by a judge who ordered them to build a wall through the middle of their house. Chana and three of the kids lived on one side, Simon and the youngest child the other. The division on the ground floor meant the only way for Chana to get to her car from inside the house was to crouch and shuffle under the staircase. Another problem which brought them back to Court and contributed towards their $2 million legal bill (which ultimately led to their losing the house altogether) was that the switch for the air conditioning was on Simon’s side, and according to Chana he refused to turn it on.

  • In 2003, a Manhattan physician was so determined to stop his wife from acquiring their four-story town house that he blew up the house and himself.

  • One of the FAQs on the Nectar Points website was what happens to your points if you get divorced. The answer: Nectar will split them for you.

  • Who gets the pets? In some American divorce cases they have a ‘calling contest’ where the parties meet at a neutral location, stand in opposite directions from the dog, and call the animal to see who it goes to first. The dog has to stay with a third party for a couple of days beforehand. Competing owners have been known to use tactics such as rubbing their hands with sausage to give them the edge, so a vet has to be present to check for such deceptions.

  • New York surgeon Richard Batista donated one of his kidneys to save the life of his wife Dawnell, but then demanded it back when they divorced (though he did say he’d accept $1.5 million in lieu). Under US law a donated organ is a gift, so he has no chance of winning.

  • Cambodian Moeun Rim and his wife, Nhanh sawed their house in half when they separated, and Mr Rim took his half off to the other end of the village.

JACK BENNY (1894-1974)

Mary and I have been married 47 years and not once have we ever had an argument serious enough to mention the word 'divorce'. 'Murder', yes, but 'divorce', never.

Unusual Divorces

  • In 2006 a Bengali man named Akhtar inadvertently divorced his wife Sobena by saying ‘I divorce you’ three times in his sleep (which is all you need to do under Islamic law). She mentioned this to some friends, who then ostracised the couple and boycotted Akhtar’s father’s shop because they were living in sin, so they had to re-marry.

  • Cornish couple David Pollard and Amy Taylor met online and married in the world of Second Life, then married for real - but subsequently got divorced (also for real) when Amy’s online avatar (‘Laura Skye’) caught David’s online avatar (‘Dave Barmy’) canoodling with another avatar. This was a bit of bad luck for David’s avatar, who had previously successfully resisted the blandishments of an online private detective hired by Amy’s avatar to operate a honey trap.

  • A Japanese piano teacher was arrested in 2008 after murdering her virtual husband inside a role-playing game called Maplestory after his avatar divorced her avatar without telling her. She hacked into the game and deleted the avatar which he had spent a year training to battle monsters, and last we heard she was looking at the possibility of a five-year stretch in real life (these avatars take a lot of time to create, so can change hands for hundreds of pounds).

A ‘School of Undressing’ was founded for women in 1937, in the belief that ‘poor technique’ was driving up divorce rates.

Between 1539 and 1857, there were only 317 divorces. One needed a private act of parliament to legally finalise it.

Einstein gave his $32,000 Nobel Prize money to his first wife, Mileva, as part of their divorce settlement.

The Philippines and The Vatican are the only two countries in the world with no divorce laws.

Until the early 20th century, left-handedness in a wife was grounds for divorce in Japan.

Amoeba Houses

The amoeba Difflugia coronata are able to build a portable shelter from grains of sand and carry it around for protection. These houses are smaller than a full stop at 150 thousandths of a millimeter in diameter. The house is a sphere made up of a few hundred grains all cemented together, on top of which there are seven or eight spikes each made of big grains at the bottom of the spike, and smaller ones at the tip making a point.
Difflugia coronata amoebas swim about, eating food particles and growing. As they go they pick up and engulf sand grains. When the cell gets to a certain size it splits in two, one half gets the ancestral home, the other gets the building material – the tiny sand grains. The grains move to the body surface and are used to create a new home for the amoeba. 

Going to Guam?

Until 2006, an American could get divorced in Guam by mail - neither partner needed ever to have been there, and the divorce was as valid as any other issued in the USA.

Japanese wakaresaseya are professionals hired to begin affairs to create grounds for divorce.


I have never found a good cook divorced, deserted or even widowed.

In the US, mail-order marriages have a much higher success rate than traditional ones.