Friday, December 18, 2009

Japanese Man Weds Virtual Bride, No One Stunned

TOKYO, JAPAN - A man calling himself Sal9000 has wed a virtual woman, surprising no one. Neil Wells of AP called the story a yawner. "A Japanese guy hooking up with a virtual woman is like reporting seawater salty. What else is new?" Nene Anegasaki, the virtual wife, is from a Nintendo dating simulation game called Love Plus, though Sal9000 married her in a real ceremony. "Typical these days," said Japanese Shinto priest Ito Atsugi. "At least this fellow [Sal9000] married a computer woman. Last week I married two men to Pokemon characters and one man to a golf glove." Sal9000 wandered Tokyo with his new bride, ending up at a karaoke bar where they raised no eyebrows performing a duet on 'Neutron Dance.' "This is quite common," said karaoke bar owner, Akhiro Sato. "A man came in last week married to a paperback copy of Infinite Jest. He bought the book a beer, then left it on the bar to chat up a woman on television. I don't know a lot about these things, but I think the book was upset." (Photo:

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