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Chinese man proposes dressed as giant carrot

In an elaborate marriage proposal a lovestruck Chinese man and 48 of his friends dress in giant carrot costumes to get his girlfriend to say "yes".

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/n...oses-dressed-as-giant-carrot.html
puc reducks

OK, Bieramar, what's the significance of carrots in Chinese culture?

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Look more like orange radishes.  Or The California Raisins after too much spray tan...  Cute, though!
bieramar

puc reducks wrote:
OK, Bieramar, what's the significance of carrots in Chinese culture?


Well, you asked!

SEX - as Pedanius Dioscorides wrote a couple of thousand years ago eating a carrot "wakes up the genital virtues" in women.

Excerpts from CDC:
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Dioscorides: Early Pharmacology

Dioscorides of Anazarbus was a Greek physician born in southeast Asia Minor [probably present day Turkey] in the Roman Empire in the first few decades C.E. During his lifetime, Dioscorides traveled extensively seeking medicinal substances from all over the Roman and Greek world. He benefited greatly from the ease of travel across wide stretches of territory under the control of the Roman Empire at the height of its growth [under Emperor Nero].

Between about 50-70 C.E., he wrote his fundamental work, Peri ulhV iatrikhV, known in Latin as De materia medica. This five book study focused upon "the preparation, properties, and testing of drugs" and became the most central pharmacological work in Europe and the Middle East for the next sixteen centuries.

As was the case with many Greek medical texts, De materia medica was treated as dogma for many years. By the mid-16th century, however, his message that investigation and experimentation were crucial to pharmacology began to emerge and modern research into medicines began.
 
Dioscorides. Peri ulhV iatrikhV (Codex Vindobonensis - Med Gr. 1, ca. 1400, facsimile, Graz: Akademische Druck - u. Verlagstalt, 1965-1970)
This early 15th-century manuscript of Dioscorides has Arabic glosses beside the plant.
 
Dioscorides. Peri ulhV iatrikhV. (Venice: Aldus Manutius, Romanus, July 1499).
This first Greek edition of Dioscorides was printed by Aldus Manutius, as was the case for so many Greek authors.
 
Dioscorides. Acerca de la materia medicinal, y de los venenos mortiferos. (Salamanca: Mathias Gast., 1566).
This Spanish edition of Dioscorides is one of the many illustrated editions which came out in the 16th century. Dioscorides included animal products in his medicines along with plants and minerals.
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The latter would have been a main tome in St. Augustine. 

The Chinese include the carrots - roots and flowers - as part of their New Year's "platter of fortune."

What we call "Queen Anne's Lace" is the above ground flowering and seeding portion of the root carrot vegetable plant.
puc reducks

AWESOME, Bieramar!

Love the way you worked 1566 Spain into it!

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