Feb. 9, 2012 at 5:36 PM ET
So, yeah. Marriages in the U.S. are on decline, except maybe among geeks — who are pairing up faster than penguins being narrated by Morgan Freeman, if these ongoing "viral marriage proposals" mean anything.
They don't. But here's some anecdotal evidence anyway! Now add to that collection of "adorkable marriage propsoals," this dude "doctorpappa," as he's known on YouTube, wearing a paper mache mask in the visage of surly robot Bender "Bending Unit" Rodriquez," and spitting binary code in an obvious reference to the 2007 direct-to-video feature "Bender's Big Score," based on the then-cancelled series "Futurama." (Comedy Central aired it in multiple parts, but anyway ...)
Rather than opening a portal to the past however, (as in "Bender's Big Score,"), this code allegedly maps out a link to some chick's future: A marriage proposal. Here's what the lucky lady (who had to decode this mess) told Geekologie:
My boyfriend told me I had to close my laptop for a couple minutes, then when I logged back on this was posted to my facebookwall. He sat across the room as I transcribed and then decoded it. After about a half hour I found out it says, "Rachel, you are awesome. Will you marry me?" I said yes, of course :B
Truly, it's a tribute to this woman's attention span and/or love that she made it through the entire 3:12 minutes to decode this mess, which proves, above all, that just because something's cute, doesn't mean it's cute for 3:12 minutes.
Plus, why have a menacing RC shark floating in the background if it's not going to attack? Talk about anti-climatic. Then again, why have a pile of laundry in the background (right) if you're asking someone to share your life?
With this latest geek marriage proposal to go viral, it is now apparent to even the most naive of Internet saps that these dorks are engaged in fierce competition, cranking out increasingly meta matrimonial inquiries in an effort to pwn (that's elder nerd speak for "summarily beat into submission in a humiliating fashion") all viral proposals that came before.
Let's just hope this latest hu-mon pair bonding doesn't end like this. (Scan the QR code with your smartphone to learn the answer, nerds!)
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