A story of math and romance… “Local professor says he lost $50,000 after being deceived by a Russian mail order bride” (WMAR, Baltimore):
Dr. Jonathan Farley met his wife through a Russian online dating site. He was after true love, but he believes his wife was after a Green Card and his money. He estimates he lost close to $50,000.
Farley, an accomplished mathematician, looked at finding love like a statistics problem.
“There are 10 million more women than men in Russia,” said Farley.
He liked his odds, so he traveled to Siberia where he met a woman in an unconventional way.
The website delivered a match. She was 20, he was 42.
Within two weeks of getting married, Farley said his wife’s behavior completely changed.
Perhaps the problem is that he didn’t work from complete data? Wikipedia does not show that dramatically more 20-year-old Russians identify as female compared to the number who identify as male.
I wonder if this being featured by a TV station shows Americans’ fascination with Russian villains. “America, Home of the Transactional Marriage” (Atlantic) suggests that more Americans get married for the cash than do folks in other countries (in a lot of other countries, it is almost impossible to turn a substantial profit on a past sexual relationship).
- Real Word Divorce Maryland chapter (if the good professor lost only $50,000 he is doing a lot better than the typical higher-earning spouse who goes through the Maryland family court)