Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Chinese Man Proposes With Dress Made Of 9999 Roses...

A dozen long-stem roses wasn’t enough for one man on Valentine’s Day...

Xiao Fang opted for a wallet-stretching 9,999, which he fashioned into a lavish gown before proposing to his girlfriend, Yin Mi, at the Guangzhou amusement park where they met three years ago. By the way, Yin Mu had just been crowned Miss Bikini 2009 when they first locked gazes.


Dressmakers toiled unceasingly to create the remarkable garment, which includes delicate rose-petal shoulder straps and a sweeping five-foot train made from individually stitched blooms.




The number nine is significant to the Chinese because it’s a homophone of “long-lasting,” which has auspicious connotations for weddings. According to legend, the number 10,000 was reserved only for deities. The emperor who commissioned the imperial palace in Beijing’s Forbidden City was said to have requested 9,999 rooms, believing that the number brought him closest to heaven without aspiring to rise above it.


Yin paired the dress with a white shrug and a bouquet of yellow orchids, which symbolize love, beauty, and fertility. And, judging from that massive rock on her ring finger, she said yes.






Best of Nat Geo HD Photography - Feb 2012

The National Geographic Image Collection, a division of the National Geographic Society (NGS) headquartered in Washington, D.C., USA, is a stock photography agency that manages and licenses one of the world's most comprehensive and unique collections of photographs and original artwork. It maintains a collection of more than 10 million digital images, transparencies, b&w prints, early auto chromes, and pieces of original artwork. Here we bring you a collection of 30 best High-definition photos from National Geographic for this month, Just have a look at these stunning photos...































 
SOURCE: National Geographic Image Collection

The Aral Sea - Now, It's a Desert Full of Old Shipwrecks...

Have you ever wanted to walk across the bottom of the River, Lake or Ocean to see all the ships that have sunk ? Well, It might not be possible for a normal people to see that. But when these water bodies get's dried it could be possible. Here is one such lake known as the Aral sea which has dries leaving a desert full of old shipwrecks...


The Aral Sea was a lake that lay between Kazakhstan in the north and Karakalpakstan, an autonomous region of Uzbekistan, in the south. The name roughly translates as "Sea of Islands", referring to more than 1,534 islands that once dotted its waters.




Formerly one of the four largest lakes in the world with an area of 68,000 square kilometers, the Aral Sea has been steadily shrinking since the 1960s after the rivers that fed it were diverted by Soviet irrigation projects. By 2007, it had declined to 10% of its original size, By 2009, the southeastern lake had disappeared and the southwestern lake retreated to a thin strip at the extreme west of the former southern sea. And now the Aral sea is almost gone leaving a desert full of old shipwrecks...