It's hard to get your head around, but objectum sexuality is when a someone feels a powerful attraction toward an inanimate object - falling in love with it the way others do with a human. Meet five woman who've experienced the phenomenon - and the object of their desires...
1. A rollercoaster
When Florida woman Linda Ducharme first met Bruce in the 1980s, she ran away and joined the carnival so she and her new love could be together. But Bruce is not a carnival worker – he’s one of the rides. The pair were separated when Bruce – a ferris wheel – fell into disrepair. But 25 years later, Linda was reunited with her love, and ‘married’ Bruce in a small ceremony. Linda, who’d previously had relationships with a train and a plane said: ‘My goal is to spend the rest of my life and grow old with him.’
2. The Statue of Liberty
Brit Amanda Whittaker’s first love was a drum kit. But when that teenage crush ended, Amanda went on to bigger things – and by big we mean 305ft tall. She fell for the Statue of Liberty. Amanda has visited the famous New York monument four times and doesn’t feel jealous of the 4million other visitors ‘Libby’ has each year. Describing her true love, Amanda says: ‘She is my long-distance lover and I am blown away by how stunning she is.’
3. A tree
Emma McCabe’s love is tall, dark and handsome. And a tree. After a string of disastrous relationships with humans, Emma noticed Tim the tree in her friend’s back garden and fell in love with him. She claims she’s having the best sex she’s ever had with the towering poplar, but other times they just talk. She’s even talked of marrying Tim and putting down some roots.
4. The Eiffel Tower
TraErika Eiffel took the name of her other half after getting married to the world famous French landmark. She was one of the first to speak publicly about having objectum sexuality and founded an online community for other people with OS to share their experiences – it now has over 200 members. The Eiffel Tower is not Erika’s first love. She broke up with the Berlin Wall so they could be together.
5. The Berlin Wall
Another woman has fallen for the Berlin wall, and actually married it. Eija-Ritta Berliner-Mauer tied the Berlin Wall in 1979 – changing her name to Berlin Wall (in German) as a sign of her commitment. Their love survived her hubby being largely torn down in 1989 – an event Eija called ‘horrifying’. Now she has a model of him in her Swedish home.