Strange but true: 1) Marriage Proposal 2) Tree that Survived the Tsunami

1) Marriage Proposal

One man, a game designer in Guangzhou, China found so far the newest way, to propose a woman. He bought 99 pieces of branded new I-phones and stored them securely.

During an office break, he arranged all the i-phones in a heart shaped figure on the ground in a parking lot. There he called his friend and with a flower bouquet proposed her in front of the office colleagues.

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Photo : Dainik Bhaskar

She got the surprise of her life. She could not ever imagine that someday, someone will propose her in that unique way. The others in the gathering advised her to accept the proposal, but she declined the offer and asked to be given time to think over. The proposer did not disclose his identity but said that he had invested two years of his savings for that feat.


2) Tree that Battled the Tsunami

The tsunami of March 2011 in Japan destroyed over 70000 trees and homes. One tree in Rikujentakata ( a township), somehow got saved. It is thought to be a miracle of nature. A barricade was constructed around it so that the machines working around might not damage the tree.

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Photo : Dainik Bhaskar

On completion of relief operations, the city was opened to the public. People wondered and were flabbergasted on finding this lone 27 meters tall tree. The tree was shifted to another place as saline water had partly destroyed its roots. The experts and consultants got busy to find as to how this 250 years old tree could withstand the onslaught of the tsunami. The damaged roots and stem parts damaged were removed and cut off, and the tree got replanted in the same spot.

They had to spend 1.4 million dollars for this task. There was a significant controversy raised and but the town’s residents asked help from within Japan and received international financial aid.

The citizens and visitors come here to see the tree.


Former Sailing Sea Captain at V.Ships, Miami, FL, USA (retired in 2009). Studied BA (Sophomore) at The Principia, now lives in Jaipur, India

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