Madison, Wisconsin

Otis Redding Memorial Plaque

A bronze plaque marks the site of the only show the King of the Soul Singers ever missed
29 May 2015
Huntsville, Alabama

Dead Children's Playground

What else would you call a playground hidden in Alabama's oldest and largest cemetery?
29 May 2015
Mara River, Kenya

Mara River Crossing

Life and death are on parade at the most reliably perilous site of “the Great Migration”
28 May 2015
New York, New York

The Sugar House Prison Window

An odd, ancient window that may have once been part of a brutal prison is embedded in the side of New York's Police Plaza
28 May 2015
Daxing, China

China Watermelon Museum

This Chinese museum proves that it's a watermelon world, we're all just living in it
28 May 2015
Rochester, United States

Rochester Abandoned Subway

The remains of a failed subway in upstate New York is now an underground graffiti bunker
28 May 2015


Corpse Brides and Ghost Grooms: A Guide to Marrying the Dead

by Ella Morton / 29 May 2015


(Photo: Boston Public Library/Flickr)

So you want to marry a ghost.

In some societies, it's possible—with a few caveats. Posthumous marriage—that is, nuptials in which one or both members of the couple are dead—is an established practice in China, Japan, Sudan, France, and even the United States, among members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The procedural and legal nuances of each approach vary wildly between cultures, but here is an overview of how to tie the knot with someone who isn't quite alive.

China: Skewed Sex Ratios and Grave Robbery  
Although Chinese dating and marriage practices are slowly changing under the influence of technology and online dating, traditional, family-oriented values still rule. Matchmaking, via meddling parents and/or a marriage broker, is big business. To be female and unmarried at 30 is to be a “leftover woman.”

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