Groom-to-be Xiao Fan had a dress made of 9,999 red roses for his bride-to-be, Yin Mi, which allowed him to propose to his betrothed in style at the Chime-Long Paradise Amusement Park in Guangdong, China. In Chinese custom, the phonetic pronunciation of the number ‘9’ sounds like the Chinese word for ‘forever’ which is what Mr. Fan hopes his marriage will be if he’s lucky. via Hungeree.
Square Enix of Japan is accepting reservations for Final Fantasy-themed playing cards so gamers can play Poker, Blackjack, Go Fish, Old Maid, and other card games with the characters of the Final Fantasy canon. via Hungeree
Newlyweds William Timhede and Napatsawan Timhede grasp hands and race from a rampaging pirate during the couple’s adventure wedding challenge in Prachinburi province, Thailand, on February 13, 2012. Couples are welcome to re-enact pirate adventures and escapades to diverge from run-of-the-mill weddings which lack buccaneers who wield cutlasses. via Hungeree
A plank of wood, a cone of paper, two rods, and a needle are all that it takes to play a vinyl record in Livia Ritthaler’s Minimalist Gramophone. You supply the spinning motion to get the music booming which escapes out of the cone of paper. via Hungeree
In the States, a clown named Ronald McDonald serves as the mascot for the McDonald’s fast food chain. In Japan, Ronald and a few other mascots have had their day but they’re being replaced by a newer representative who wears candy-cane leggings, red garters, and a yellow/white hausfrau dress that would make any lumberjack proud. She also rocks a red wig to pay homage to Ronald’s fiery locks. via Hungeree
The newly built Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership which sits across the street from Ford’s Theatre in downtown Washington, D.C., will enthrall visitors later this month with exhibits on Abraham Lincoln’s life, death, and legacy. The centerpiece of the museum and learning center is a towering three-story sculpture made of 15,000+ books written about Lincoln which stretches from the ground floor to the third floor in ramshackle fashion. The center opens its doors to the public on February 12, Lincoln’s birthday, and group tours are welcome starting on February 21, the day after President’s Day. via Hungeree.
Architectural firm Bjarke Ingels Group has installed a sculpture titled, ‘BIG ♥ NYC,’ in Times Square which is made up of 400 LED tubes which depict a large red heart inside a 10′ cube in time for Valentine’s Day. When a sensor is touched, the heart pulsates and glows to the delight of passersby and pedestrians. The installation was unveiled yesterday and runs through February 29, 2012. via Hungeree
The Los Angeles Temptation trounced the Philadelphia Passion with a score of 28-06 in the Lingerie Bowl last night at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The event marked the ninth Lingerie Bowl which is a titillating alternative to the Super Bowl. via Hungeree
Pedestrians became street disco dancers in New York City’s Times Square on February 4, 2012, to pay tribute to Soul Train creator and host Don Cornelius who passed away on February 1, 2012. via Hungeree.
A baby giraffe born at Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay, Florida, on January 27, 2012, is already 6’2″ tall and she stands to grow a lot taller if her mother is any indication. The still un-named baby is the fifth calf of giraffe parents Jafari and Cupid and already weighs 176 lbs. via Hungeree
A major Disney fan in Taichung, Taiwan, was so enraptured with the ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ animation that she had Snow White, the Prince, and all seven dwarves tattooed on her back. The work too three months for Annfaye Kao, age 27, to complete and she recounted, “It took three months to finish it as it was so detailed. It hurt really badly to get a full one on my whole back. At times I was in such pain that I wanted to hurry it up, but luckily I didn’t give up and got it finished.” via Hungeree
South African fashion model Candice Swanepoel appears in the Prabal Gurung Spring/Summer 2012 campaign as photographed by Daniel Jackson. campaign. via Hungeree
The Kofein Cafe in Moscow, Russia, gave its patrons a chance to choose their presidential candidate by ordering coffee sprinkled with cinnamon into the likenesses of Mikhail Prokhorov (upper left), Vladimir Putin (center, top), Gennady Zyuganov (upper right), Vladimir Zhirinovsky (lower left), and Sergei Mironov (lower right). via Hungeree
New Zealand based designer Jason Klenner presents the ‘Sprung Chair’ which looks more like a goldenrod-tinted satellite dish at first gander but plop yourself into it and find a comfortable seat made of elastic cord and plastic. via Hungeree.
USMC captain Kyle Ugone has been recognized by Guinness World Records for assembling and building the largest private LEGO collection in the world with 1,091 sets. The LEGO constructs are displayed inside Ugone’s home in Yuma, Arizona and now that he’s captured the world record, he’ll begin disassembling the LEGO collection to free up some space. via Hungeree.