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Linking Couples Via "Quantum Entanglement" in the Name of Romance

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For most couples, marriage is the greatest commitment they will ever make. Marital vows demand absolute fidelity from both partners, who pledge themselves to each other “'til death do us part.” Wedding rings ostensibly serve as physical token of this connection, but wedding rings can be lost or bent or outgrown. For a more permanent solution, experimental philosopher Jonathon Keats thinks physics has the answer in the form of “quantum entanglement,” in which a pair of linked particles become connected so that whatever happens to one particle also happens to the other. (Refer to The Notebook: “If you’re a bird, I’m a bird.”)

Speaking to FastCo, Keats (who has undergone the process with his wife) says quantum entanglement is the pinnacle of a committed relationship. “Two or more particles that become entangled behave as if they're one and the same, even if they're a universe apart," he says. "To me, it just seemed like what more could you want in a relationship than what those particles share?”

The process of becoming quantum entangled with another person requires a particular setup, which Keats is facilitating for two days at the Life is Beautiful festival in September, hosted by the Art Motel in Las Vegas. Couples aspiring to entangle their particles step into a room in which a nonlinear crystal, developed specially in a laboratory setting, is illuminated by a sunny window. Any photons of light that pass through the crystal become entangled, then get reflected by various mirrors and prisms positioned around the room, bouncing around and landing on the couple in question. Congratulations, you’re entangled!

There’s no way to prove that the process has worked, because inherent in the nature of entangled particles is the paradox that any attempt to measure their activity automatically disentangles them, breaking the very bond that’s under scrutiny. In a way, it’s another symbol of marriage: Faith, trust, and the belief that once you’re entangled, you’re entangled for life.

[h/t: FastCo]

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The Pope Just Officiated an Impromptu Inflight Wedding
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Though he might be more famous for his tricked-out Popemobiles, when Pope Francis needs to get somewhere in a hurry, there’s always a papal plane. On Thursday, he made that Airbus 321 a vessel that one lucky couple will never forget when he officiated an impromptu marriage between Paula Podest and Carlos Ciuffardi, who have been together for more than 10 years and are both flight attendants for Chile's LATAM Airlines.

It started out innocently enough: on a flight from Santiago to Iquique, Chile, Crux reports, the flight crew was posing with the Pope for a group photo. When Papa Pancho asked the couple if they had had a church wedding, they explained that though they have been civilly married since 2010, the church that they were supposed to get married at was destroyed in an earthquake just a few days before their big day. Not one to let a little thing like being 35,000 feet in the air get in the way, Pope Francis suggested that he make up for their original plans and marry them right then and there.

“He held our hands, blessed the rings, and he married us in the name of God,” Ciuffardi told Crux.

His Holiness also made sure the happy couple knew how historic their nuptials would be. “Never has a pope married a couple on a plane,” he said.

Crew members Paula Podest (L) and Carlos Ciuffardi smile after being married by Pope Francis during the flight between Santiago and the northern city of Iquique on January 18, 2018
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Cheese Wheel Wedding Cakes Are a Funky Twist on an Old Tradition
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If there’s ever a time you have permission to be cheesy, it’s on your wedding day. What better way to do so than with a pungent wedding cake made of actual wheels of cheese? According to Elite Daily, cheese wedding cakes are a real option for couples who share an affinity for dairy products.

One of the trailblazers behind the sharp trend is Bath, England-based cheese supplier The Fine Cheese Co. The company offers clients a choice of one of dozens of wedding cake designs. There are bold show-stoppers like the Beatrice cake, which features five tiers of cheese and is priced at $400. For customers looking for something more delicate, there’s the Clara centerpiece, which replaces miniature wedding cakes with mounds of goat cheese. Whether your loved one likes funky Stilton or mellow brie, there’s a cheese cake to satisfy every palate. Flowers are incorporated into each display to make them just as pretty as conventional wedding cakes.

Since The Fine Cheese Co. arranged their first wedding cake in 2002, other cheese suppliers have entered the game. The Cheese Shed in Newton Abbot, England; I.J. Ellis Cheesemongers in Scotland; and Murray’s Cheese in New York will provide cheese wheel towers for weddings or any other special occasion. Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from clearing out the local fromagerie and assembling a cheese cake at home.

[h/t Elite Daily]

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