From around the net . . .’s picture gallery of “Miniature monuments engineering masterpieces” (is there a word missing here?) gives us a replica of St. Peter’s Square and Basilica in Rome, and adds:

If Pope Benedict XVI would let MTV into the private papal residence, it’d make a pretty great episode of Cribs.

All I’ve ever seen of Cribs is of rappers and rockers, and their pads usually have a pretty significant “fun factor”—home video game arcades, basketball courts, hot cars, lots of plasma slabs. Would the Vatican fit into this mold, and please the MTV demographic?

Here’s a crazy sentence in need of rewriting, from the NY Times (“25th Anniversary Mark Elusive for Many Couples“):

For the first time at least since World War II, women and men who married in the late 1970s had a less than even chance of still being married 25 years later.

It seems to imply that we have data on 1970s marriages that dates back to the 1940s. Whaaa??

Finally, an interesting piece on the new trend of men hiring photographers to secretly capture the moment of their wedding proposal.

“Initially wedding photojournalism was an aesthetic choice by photographers like me because it emphasized the story of the wedding,” said Terry deRoy Gruber, a New York photographer who shot the wedding of Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, among others. “But as time has gone on, with the proliferation of the paparazzi, reality television and online autobiography all kind of cooked together, people almost feel it’s really the only way to document something. Proposal photographs represent the absolute beginning of the marriage story, and for some groom who is influenced by these other forces, this is sort of an obligatory scene to record.”


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