Not sure what to do with your wedding ring after divorce? One New Zealand woman found a way to send hers far, far away.
Last week, Rebecca Gibbs of Christchurch, New Zealand put her ring inside a homemade rocket and launched it into space. She recorded the launch in a YouTube video that has since been taken down.
"It was uplifting, liberating, and it was really supposed to be a positive step, which it was," she told New Zealand online publication Stuff.co.nz. "It was also a lot of fun blasting a rocket into the sky."
Gibbs lived with her now-ex-husband, Stephen Page, in the UK during their four-year marriage, but returned to New Zealand after they split over a year ago. Since her return, she has given away many reminders of her past -- including her wedding dress -- but she wasn't sure what to do with her ring. Her current partner's brother -- a rocket scientist -- gave her the idea to launch it into space.
Gibbs posted the video to her Facebook page on Tuesday with the following status:
"Been working on this for a wee while- thank you to Malcolm H Snowdon and Vaughan Snowdon for helping with the rockets, and i guess thank you to all my friends and family who supported me through my awful marriage and loved me and took care of me when i needed it the most. I really feel with putting this out there that i can finally say goodbye to the awful times in my life and move on to better things xo"
While the YouTube video of the rocket launch has been taken down, a clip of Gibbs and Page exchanging their weddings vows remains online. Watch it below:
Strange as it may seem, this is hardly the weirdest divorce story we've heard. Click through the slides below to see more outlandish tales.
Is it appropriate to ask your ex to return a gift post-divorce? This Long Island surgeon certainly thinks so. He gave his wife a kidney while they were married. But after she filed for divorce in July 2005, <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local&id=6591415" target="_hplink">he wanted it back</a>.
A young Italian groom was so unready to leave his mother's side, he brought her on his honeymoon in January this year. His unimpressed bride <a href="http://old.news.yahoo.com/s/ac/20110129/lf_ac/7728736_motherinlaw_destroys_italian_couples_marriage" target="_hplink">asked for a divorce three weeks later</a>.
Getting Her Goat
Steve Killeen and his wife already had a dog, but she wanted more pets. One day, she saw photos of baby goats online and decided she had to have one. But after they split in October 2009, <a href="http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/money/money-matters/man-who-got-his-wifes-goat-in-bizarre-divorce-settlement/story-fn300aev-1225788539626" target="_hplink">her ex-husband got her goat</a>. Literally.
This couple agreed to divorce in 2007, but neither would move out their marital home. Tired of their arguments, a judge ordered the couple to <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17856207/from/RS.1" target="_hplink">split the house in half</a>--by building a wall through it.
Was It My Crow's Feet?
This woman got married at age 30, but told her husband she was just 24. Ten years into their marriage, in November 2007, <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-11/28/content_6284496.htm" target="_hplink">he found out about the lie</a>--and asked for a divorce.
Grown Up Grounded
One man <a href="http://newyorkdivorcenews.com/child-support-violations-leads-to-unusual-ruling/331028/" target="_hplink">failed to pay child support</a>, to the tune of $14,000, last June. To control his spending, a judge took away his TV, internet, magazine, cell phone and newspaper privileges.
What would you do if your pet bird started to say things like "divorce" or "be patient"? In June 2001, <a href="http://archives.cnn.com/2001/WORLD/asiapcf/east/06/19/china.bird/index.html" target="_hplink">those phrases</a> proved to one woman that her husband had been unfaithful--and that was grounds for divorce.
What's Mine Is Yours
This couple had a hard time deciding who would get the farm after they split in 2008. To solve the problem--and ensure that his ex-wife got her fair share--<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2008/04/04/us-serbia-divorce-idUSL0317448420080404" target="_hplink">this farmer used a grinder</a> to cut his farm equipment in half.
Phallic Faux Pas
Size mattered <em>too</em> much <a href="http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/241571-man-faces-divorce-after-penis-extension-breaks-during-sex" target="_hplink">for this man</a>. His wife split in 2008 after a prosthetic penis extension snapped off during sex.
Splitting The Assets
After divorcing his wife of 18 years in October 2008, Moeun Sarim wanted exactly 50 percent of his marital assets. To collect his share, he gathered up his tools, called his relatives for help and <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27113959/ns/world_news-weird_news/t/cambodians-saw-house-divorce-settlement/" target="_hplink">sawed his house in half</a>. His ex-wife still lives on her side.