10 Geeky Marriage Proposals


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by Casey Lynn
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

Having found the LittleBigPlanet marriage proposal so endearing, I decided to seek out some other inventive and geeky proposals. After all, geeks are great at looking outside the box. So here are a few proven geeky ways to say, “Will you marry me?”

1. …with a LOLcat. This past Valentine’s Day, a marriage proposal appeared on icanhascheezeburger, with a cat plaintively asking for the lady’s “hand in marridj.” (Bonus: She replied using a LOLcat of her own.)

2. …in Bejeweled. Earlier this year, a Jersey City man spent a month reprogramming Bejeweled so that when his girlfriend reached a high score, it would reward her with, “Marry me!” They are planning a Bejeweled-themed wedding, and PopCap has donated copies of the game for their guests.

3. …on Google Street View. A few months ago, a software engineer held up a sign that read “Proposal 2.0: Marry me Leslie!” as a Google Street View car drove past his Silicon Valley office. He then set up a website encouraging people to tell his girlfriend about it.

4. …with an iPod. In 2004, a Norwegian man proposed via an engraving on the back of a 20GB iPod. And the next year, someone did it with a nano.

5. …in a crossword puzzle. The clue for 111 across in a 2007 Boston Globe crossword puzzle was “a generic proposal.” The answer–“will you marry me?”–was intended for a specific woman, whose boyfriend had appealed to romantic side of the crossword puzzle’s writer.

6. …in Halo. Last year, a Halo 3 player used the game’s Forge map editor to write out “Will You Marry Me?” in the terrain for his girlfriend to see.

7. …using Reddit. Earlier this year, a young woman proposed to her “classic nerd” of a boyfriend with a reddit posting. (Apparently he clicked the up arrow…)

8. …in a comic. Penny Arcade fans may remember that back in 1999, Mike Krahulik proposed to his girlfriend on the popular web comic.

9. …on Slashdot. In 2004, a man proposed in the “most potentially embarassing way possible,” a posting to Slashdot. It only took the girlfriend fifteen minutes to reply!

10. …over Twitter. Just last week, a couple of “tweethearts” (ha!) decided to get hitched over Twitter. Apparently this geeky proposal style is getting to be a real trend!

So, can any of you geeky romantics beat these?  I know that I’m hoping for a proposal someday that will land on the front page of Digg…





52 Responses to 10 Geeky Marriage Proposals

  1. Oh hellz ya, we can beat that!

    The day of my birthday party my (at the time) boyfriend provided me with a variation on the box-inside-of-a-box trick in front of my parents. But, expecting this to be the only gimmick left me unready for the REAL surprise.

    In the final box was an electronic contraption about the size of three fingers. I held it up, trying to figure out what it was or did. “Here, let me show you…”

    So he began swinging the gizmo over his head. Baffled I looked up to see in the air the words “I love you. Will you marry me?”

    Startled and elated, I uttered the brilliant response, “Uh, sure, yeah…” And my parents proceeded to laugh while congratulating us.

  2. Oh hellz ya, we can beat that!

    The day of my birthday party my (at the time) boyfriend provided me with a variation on the box-inside-of-a-box trick in front of my parents. But, expecting this to be the only gimmick left me unready for the REAL surprise.

    In the final box was an electronic contraption about the size of three fingers. I held it up, trying to figure out what it was or did. "Here, let me show you…"

    So he began swinging the gizmo over his head. Baffled I looked up to see in the air the words "I love you. Will you marry me?"

    Startled and elated, I uttered the brilliant response, "Uh, sure, yeah…" And my parents proceeded to laugh while congratulating us.

    • That's how my guy did it, too. At the 2003 WorldCon in Toronto when George R.R. Martin was a guest of honor, Tom had George sign a copy of GRRM: A RRetrospective and inscribe the proposal. Later at the Brotherhood Without Banners suite party, with George in attendance, Tom presented it to me.

      Sadly, the engagement ended before marriage. But we're still friends, and I'll never stop thinking he's completely awesome for proposing like that. It was so non-traditional and tailored to our personalities and relationship.

    • That’s how my guy did it, too. At the 2003 WorldCon in Toronto when George R.R. Martin was a guest of honor, Tom had George sign a copy of GRRM: A RRetrospective and inscribe the proposal. Later at the Brotherhood Without Banners suite party, with George in attendance, Tom presented it to me.

      Sadly, the engagement ended before marriage. But we’re still friends, and I’ll never stop thinking he’s completely awesome for proposing like that. It was so non-traditional and tailored to our personalities and relationship.

  3. Every day I thank the lord that my husband didn’t even consider proposing in any of those ways. I would have said no. He asked me like a gentleman should, privately. Sheesh.

    • Celine, I would conclude that most of the proposals in this article were not true public proposals; they weren’t the embarrassing ones that take place on the NBA basketball court during half-time. And if your boyfriend went to the trouble that some of the guys went to above and you still said “no” then I would wonder what sort of romantic you are, perhaps a little too contemporary. These are geeks proposing it in a way that reflects their personalities. It doesn’t always have to be dull…

  4. Every day I thank the lord that my husband didn't even consider proposing in any of those ways. I would have said no. He asked me like a gentleman should, privately. Sheesh.

    • Celine, I would conclude that most of the proposals in this article were not true public proposals; they weren't the embarrassing ones that take place on the NBA basketball court during half-time. And if your boyfriend went to the trouble that some of the guys went to above and you still said "no" then I would wonder what sort of romantic you are, perhaps a little too contemporary. These are geeks proposing it in a way that reflects their personalities. It doesn't always have to be dull…

  5. My fiancé proposed to me at a anime convention in London, I was dressed as Lacus Clyne from Gundam SEED and he was dressed as Kira Yamato who get engaged in the show. My fiancé got down on one knee in front of hundreds of other cosplayers and proposed, it was true geekyness.

  6. My fiancé proposed to me at a anime convention in London, I was dressed as Lacus Clyne from Gundam SEED and he was dressed as Kira Yamato who get engaged in the show. My fiancé got down on one knee in front of hundreds of other cosplayers and proposed, it was true geekyness.

  7. There was also one done for a fan on Sluggy Freelance. The artist added a pic of a character from the comic pointing a gun at the screen saying, “You’d better say ,’Yes,’ toots.”

  8. There was also one done for a fan on Sluggy Freelance. The artist added a pic of a character from the comic pointing a gun at the screen saying, "You'd better say ,'Yes,' toots."

  9. 2 years ago my husband proposed to me over myspace. funny because we met over stickam.

  10. My beloved can beat these..he was in Florida and I was in WV, we were playing hangman over Yahoo….when it came his time for a word phrase..he did Will you Marry Me? ..I lost it quite teary eyed and said YES…….

  11. I myself proposed to my partner with World of Warcraft. I gave him a wrapped present. He opened it to find a Flawless Diamond Solitaire. The tooltip on the ring is "Will you marry me". He opened it, and didn't see the tooltip. Didn't answer for about 15 minutes because he didn't realise. Needless to say the most nervous 15 minutes of my life :P

    But he said yes. :D

  12. Ehh. I don't think the Twitter and Reddit ones are all that geeky. Seriously, my boyfriend and I are total geeks, but I'd *much* rather be proposed to in person. The google street view one was pretty clever, though!

  13. No pics or anything for my story, since it was nothing really elaborate.

    Background:
    We are both big fans of Hitchhiker's Guide. In fact, it was one of the first things we ever talked about. We met online on Yahoo personals. I sent him a message because his profile pic was him dressed up as Harry Potter. I thought that was just plain awesome. So I asked him what his 3 favorite books were (since I am a huge bookworm). The Guide was his #1 and he was so excited that it's a favorite of mine as well. An excellent beginning. :)

    So… a few years later, on Oct 10, 2010 (42 day!) he proposed. He was wearing a bathrobe. (Yes, we were at home) And told me that I'm his life, universe, and everything.

    Low-key & geeky. Just like the two of us. It was perfect!!! :D

    (Though a bit of a pain explaining it all a zillion times to non-geek friends/family/co-workers when they asked how he proposed – lol)