We here at TechCult have often chuckled about the plethora of amusing stories related to online dating and virtual romantic interactions. This new story, though, takes the cake.

A British couple who met each other in an Internet chat room and got married are now getting divorced — because the dude had a virtual affair. The wife says she caught her husband “having sex with an animated woman” in the Second Life virtual world. How did she catch him, you might ask? She hired an online detective.

“I just couldn’t believe what he’d done,” she told the Western Morning News. “It may have started online, but it existed entirely in the real world and it hurts just as much now it is over.”

Adding insult to injury, the fella’s virtual lay wasn’t even just some chick — it was a “virtual prostitute,” the wife says.

It gets better, though. The man claims he was having an “online relationship” with another woman, but insists: “We weren’t even having cyber sex or anything like that.”

And as for our heartbroken bride, she’s moved on and is now dating a guy she met in World of Warcraft.

We couldn’t make this stuff up if we tried.

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