Bye Bye, Love

Divorce is sad. But some folks are finding humor--and profit--in it

Real closure may come from even a symbolic burial of the past

When Angie Schmidt's seven-year marriage ended, there wasn't much to laugh about. But what she craved was a little levity. "There was nothing out there that really made people laugh at themselves and laugh at breakups," she says. "I thought, Wouldn't it be great to create a business that does this?" Last September she started an online store dedicated to lightening the mood -- named after "the other woman." By the holidays, the site was flooded with orders.

The annual number of divorces has dropped nearly a third since the early 1980s, to 16.4 for every 1,000 married...

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