Okay. Even though I've been a Pokemon fan almost all my life, I had never heard of shipping until I got into using the internet to pursue my love of Pocket Monsters. I saw the term shipping pop up a few times, so naturally I investigated via Bulbapedia; I like that place.
I got around to looking and discovered that it's about relationships between different characters. Cool, I thought. Ash and Misty/May/Dawn have a fan base of their relationships with Ash.
... I then did a little more exploring, and discovered that this stuff gets pretty crazy. Apparently, people think of all kinds of combinations. It never once occurred in my mind that Ash would like Brock, or Gary, or anybody other than the girls he travels with.
Okay... I guess I can see why maybe some people can see that... But it became even more strange. I started seeing stuff about Gym Leaders shipping each other. Apparently, anybody can ship with anybody. I could handle this...
... But not what I saw next. Apparently, some cities are shipped?
Please, I'm just looking for someone to help explain shipping to me. I'm actually pretty intrigued in this stuff, but I know nothing about it other than what Bulbapedia told me.
Anyone care to explain shipping in detail? If not, feel free to close this thread. I just can't find anything that would explain this madness.