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A man married the sister of his widow.

How is that ever possible?

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  • $\begingroup$ 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
    Commented Mar 26, 2018 at 23:02
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    $\begingroup$ @Shadow The widow isn't the one who's dead, the widow is the spouse of the one who's dead. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 27, 2018 at 0:02
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    $\begingroup$ @jmite yep - thanks. That's what I was missing. Obvious now that you've reminded me. $\endgroup$
    – Shadow
    Commented Mar 27, 2018 at 0:11

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

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    $\begingroup$ @Keelhaul beat you by just 3 minutes, but I accepted your answer as it's more clear. Upvoting both answers, of course. $\endgroup$
    – dr_
    Commented Mar 26, 2018 at 9:35
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    $\begingroup$ This guy didn't marry his widow's sister. He married someone who would later become one. 169. $\endgroup$
    – Bass
    Commented Mar 26, 2018 at 10:14
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    $\begingroup$ @dr01"the widow of his sister"? I think you need to flip that around. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 26, 2018 at 17:36
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    $\begingroup$ 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? $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 26, 2018 at 18:40
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    $\begingroup$ @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
    Commented Mar 27, 2018 at 3:04
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They live in France, where posthumous marriage is legal. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posthumous_marriage

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    $\begingroup$ The most educating answer! $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 26, 2018 at 14:55
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He was a priest, and married her to someone else before popping his clogs.

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  • $\begingroup$ Beat me to it :-) $\endgroup$
    – Phylyp
    Commented Mar 26, 2018 at 9:32
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Maybe

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

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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.

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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).

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

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  • $\begingroup$ 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
    Commented Mar 26, 2018 at 14:55
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    $\begingroup$ 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
    Commented Mar 26, 2018 at 15:10
  • $\begingroup$ This answer would work with any polygamous culture. See this article and this map. $\endgroup$
    – J.R.
    Commented Mar 26, 2018 at 18:29
  • $\begingroup$ This answer duplicates several given before it, but fails to explain the underlying logic. $\endgroup$
    – brichins
    Commented Mar 27, 2018 at 0:51

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