5
$\begingroup$

A man married the sister of his widow.

How is that ever possible?

$\endgroup$

closed as too broad by Ankoganit, DqwertyC, Set Big O, Aggie Kidd, A J Mar 27 '18 at 7:17

Please edit the question to limit it to a specific problem with enough detail to identify an adequate answer. Avoid asking multiple distinct questions at once. See the How to Ask page for help clarifying this question. If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

  • $\begingroup$ I feel like I must be missing something here.. A man marries someone who dies, and then proceeds to chat up her sister (hopefully not during the funeral). Can someone please explain to me the complication? $\endgroup$ – Shadow Mar 26 '18 at 23:02
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ @Shadow The widow isn't the one who's dead, the widow is the spouse of the one who's dead. $\endgroup$ – jmite Mar 27 '18 at 0:02
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ @jmite yep - thanks. That's what I was missing. Obvious now that you've reminded me. $\endgroup$ – Shadow Mar 27 '18 at 0:11
21
$\begingroup$

He divorced his wife and then married his ex-wife's sister. After his death, his first wife is his widow's sister...

$\endgroup$
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ @Keelhaul beat you by just 3 minutes, but I accepted your answer as it's more clear. Upvoting both answers, of course. $\endgroup$ – dr01 Mar 26 '18 at 9:35
  • 14
    $\begingroup$ This guy didn't marry his widow's sister. He married someone who would later become one. 169. $\endgroup$ – Bass Mar 26 '18 at 10:14
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ @dr01"the widow of his sister"? I think you need to flip that around. $\endgroup$ – Sean Henderson Mar 26 '18 at 17:36
  • 9
    $\begingroup$ Agree with @Bass, it's stretching common use of language for this to be reasonable. By this logic, it's not uncommon for a man to marry his own widow, but we all know a man marries a woman who later becomes his widow. You might as well say the man marries a corpse, because she'll be one eventually, right? $\endgroup$ – Nuclear Wang Mar 26 '18 at 18:40
  • 2
    $\begingroup$ @NuclearWang, a corpse marries another corpse, who is the sister of another corpse who was earlier married to the first corpse. Seems legit. $\endgroup$ – Wildcard Mar 27 '18 at 3:04
32
$\begingroup$

They live in France, where posthumous marriage is legal. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posthumous_marriage

$\endgroup$
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ The most educating answer! $\endgroup$ – Kirill Bulygin Mar 26 '18 at 14:55
24
$\begingroup$

He was a priest, and married her to someone else before popping his clogs.

$\endgroup$
  • $\begingroup$ Beat me to it :-) $\endgroup$ – Phylyp Mar 26 '18 at 9:32
18
$\begingroup$

Maybe

He married the sister before marrying his last wife before his death, and not the other way around.

$\endgroup$
7
$\begingroup$

He was an artificial heart recipient in a country where "death" is defined as the medical state when your heart ceases working.

 

This was the case of Leif Stenberg in Sweden, though he married his wife shortly before the operation and no sister has been involved.

$\endgroup$
4
$\begingroup$

There was a case recently where a Romanian living in Turkey didn't stay in touch with his wife, who managed to get him declared dead. He is medically alive, but the Romanian courts have declared themselves unable to cancel his death certificate, so in Romania he is legally dead. If his (ex-)wife has a sister, all he would need to do is to marry her in a country which accepts that he's alive and not committing illegal bigamy (either because it allows bigamy or because it accepts that his first marriage is over).

$\endgroup$
-1
$\begingroup$

He is a mormon and married both sisters. Possible Prove: Google unserious boulevard media

$\endgroup$
  • $\begingroup$ Please make sure to add a spoiler to your solutions, you can do this in the future by adding >! in front of the text. $\endgroup$ – Sensoray Mar 26 '18 at 14:55
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Google tends to show different results for different people (based on your past searches, among other things) - in the future, consider adding a link to your post instead so we get to the right website :) $\endgroup$ – puzzledPig Mar 26 '18 at 15:10
  • $\begingroup$ This answer would work with any polygamous culture. See this article and this map. $\endgroup$ – J.R. Mar 26 '18 at 18:29
  • $\begingroup$ This answer duplicates several given before it, but fails to explain the underlying logic. $\endgroup$ – brichins Mar 27 '18 at 0:51

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.