Every year on the eleventh day of November, single people in China would celebrate what would be known as Singles Day
Oddly, this is a day on which cheery singles are supposed to buy themselves gifts to celebrate the fact that no one has yet tethered them to a life of frustration and regret. It also seems to be an occasion to attempt to tether yourself to someone in order to achieve a life of frustration and regret.cnet.com
The occasion started out as a joke in response to Valentine's Day, as the date contains the numbers "11/11", akin to the number "1" being the loneliest number
The day started out as a joke among a group of male college students attending Nanjing University in the 1990s. Originally called Bachelor Day because it was celebrated only by young men, the holiday has since morphed into a nationwide holiday for all genders, with its own traditions, according to China Daily. People eat four fried dough sticks representing the four ones in 11.11. Blind-date parties and even matchmaking fairs have become popular November 11 events.cnet.com
To celebrate the day, a young man from Guangzhou, China decided to confess his love to a girl with an act so great and grand
With his savings, he bought 99 iPhone 6's and carefully arranged the phones into a shape of a giant heart. He even brought flowers! Friends were there to support and witness this joyous occasion. Sounds good right? The girl said no.
He carefully arranged the iPhones into the shape of a heart, and even had some money left over to buy a bunch of flowers. So far, so good, right? Not quite. In front of his colleagues and friends, she turned him down, with the resulting photos emerging on the Weibo social network.telegraph.co.uk
The woman, however, apparently said "no," leaving this fella with a whole bunch of iPhones and a handful of flowers. Don't feel too bad for him! Reselling the phones shouldn't be too hard. Then again, this could always be an online retailer's clever stunt to drum up interest in the iPhone 6 right before Singles Day, which falls on November 11.kotaku.com
The failed proposal cost the young programmer around RM275,000 for the 99 iPhone 6's. That's two years worth of his salary.
As a keystone of the young programmer’s marriage proposal were 99 iPhones 6’s placed on the ground and arranged in the form of a heart. The setup, as reported by The Nanfang, cost the love-bitten chap two years’ salary (about $82,000).yahoo.com
In the telling of the Nanfang, a community site based in China's Pearl River Delta, a young Guangzhou programmer thought that committing 500,000 remnibi (around $81,700) to the purchase of 99 iPhone 6s would warm his intended's heart.cnet.com
Many Internet users were amused with this situation, with some stating that she's probably an Android user
Some said she rejected him because he showed her how he managed his money unwisely
Maybe if he bought 99 Nokia phones instead, they could have been N'Gage-d?
Well, it's not all bad news for him. According to a report, one in five single men would rather have an iPhone 6 than a girlfriend
Apparently nearly a fifth (17 per cent) of single men would rather have an iPhone 6 than a girlfriend. One man who took part in the poll said: ‘If it came down to a choice between going on a date or queuing for the iPhone, the mobile would win every time.’ Well, each to their own.metro.co.uk
The survey, which polled 550 single British males, also found that three percent of those polled would drop their current girl to grab a new iPhone (but let's be honest: If you'd leave your mate for the iPhone 5s, it's probably time you two had a talk, anyway.)yahoo.com