A bizarre love triangle.
Wang Pai and Lili struck up a romance online, but when they first met in real life, they realized that, oops!, they were father-in-law/daughter-in-law. Even worse, Wang's son, Wang Jai, had tailed his wife to her rendezvous. The whole mess ended in a brawl, leaving Lili with missing teeth and Wang Pai with a serious head injury.
This story was first reported recently by the Heilongjiang Morning Post
, and then by ChinaSMACK, the Daily Mail
, and a whole bunch of other news outlets
But the Heilongjiang Morning Post
, realizing the entire tale was a hoax
invented by Wei Hongji, a reporter with Muleng Television, has posted an apology.
It isn't the first time we've seen one of these tales of online (or penpal) lovers who meet and realize they not only know each other, but are family.
It's the premise of Rupert Holmes's Pina Colada song
And back in 2005, a story circulated about two cyber lovers in Jordan (Bakr Melhem and Jamila
) who used the online aliases 'Adnan' and 'Sanaa'. Upon meeting, they realized they were husband and wife. In 2007, the exact same story
recirculated in the news, but with Adnan and Sana relocated to Bosnia.
I'm pretty sure there have been other examples of this story reported as news. I just can't remember them right now.