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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Weird news - Lady married 600 year old bridge in France

You get all kind of weird news, and the concept of a bridge being 600 year old and still operational is not something that a lot of people will believe in. In fact, this bridge was fist build by monks in the 11th century and the present structure has been operational for 600 years. This makes the bridge a unique structure, since not many such structures are still surviving after so long (you hear of buildings surviving for so long, but not structures such as bridge which take much more strain and are not so strongly rooted to the ground). However the more weird news about this bridge was not the duration for which it has stood, but it was the groom in a ceremony where a lady married the bridge with witnesses, including the mayor of a nearby town. The marriage would be platonic, and fortunately was not recognized in French law, and it is doubtful whether anybody would protest to make such marriages legal (link to article):

Jodi Rose, an Australian artist who travels the world recording the vibrations of bridge cables for her "Singing Bridges" music project, knew it was true love the first time she laid eyes on Le Pont du Diable, a 600-year-old bridge in Southern France. On June 17, the intimate affair was held at the entrance of her groom with 14 guests in attendance, including the mayor of Saint-Jean-de-Fos, a neighboring town. The beaming bride kept it traditional on her not-so-traditional wedding day, wearing a floor-length ivory dress and carrying a beautiful bouquet, Oddity Central reported. Though their union is not legally recognized in France, Rose said it's just as strong as any other marriage. "While I respect those whose romantic and sexual feelings are oriented towards objects, mine is a symbolic affair, a pagan / animist view of the spiritual vibration in everything," she wrote on her blog, Bridgeland. "He understands that I love other bridges -- and men -- ours is a love that embraces the vagaries of life, as materialized in the swirling currents of the river that flows beneath his magnificent body."

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