He lost the bet but won the heart of a pretty girl

Posted: June 29, 2014 at 2:18 a.m.

“You know, I don’t think he ever did give me permission,” Pete Wells reflects, on asking Sissy Joiner’s father for his daughter’s hand in marriage. “But he never did say no, so I assumed that that was a yes.”

Pete Wells blindly picked Sissy Joiner's name from a string of others, then quickly bet his friend $1 that she would be uglier than the girl he'd got. Such was the cynicism that pervaded his lovelorn days, pre-Sissy.

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