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11 Geeky Engagement Ring Boxes

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While the most important part of an engagement proposal is the love shared between the couple, the ring is also pretty important, and if you’re going to give someone something that special, you might as well put it in a great box. These engagement ring boxes are perfect for anyone ready to settle down with the geeky person of his or her dreams.

1. TARDIS

Practically all Whovians fantasize about either being the Doctor or getting to be one of his companions. When Offbeat Bride reader Anthropolywog’s boyfriend hid an engagement ring in a TARDIS box and then asked her, “Will you be my companion?” the only way she could possibly answer was by saying, "With all my heart through all of time!"

2. Wall-E

Most geek girls would be touched just to receive such an incredible-looking replica of the world’s most romantic robot, Wall-E, but when they discovered that his center console opens up to reveal an engagement ring, that’s when the sparks would really fly. This was The Model Maker’s first attempt at making an engagement ring box, and I would say he pretty much nailed it.

3. Toy Story

What better way to tell your future fiancé, “You’ve got a friend in me,” than proposing to her with a Toy Story engagement ring box? Once again, The Model Maker presumably made a geek girl very happy.

4. The Mad Hatter

It’s hard to decide on a favorite engagement ring box by The Model Maker when he has so many amazing custom creations. In this one, for example, the Mad Hatter is bent down, seemingly offering a cup of tea, but when you remove his big green hat, there’s a smaller green hat underneath with an engagement ring in it.

5. Up!

The Model Maker also made an engagement ring box based on the house from Up! and while it is indeed impressive, it lacks the balloons and the whole "up" aspect. Paul Pape was later commissioned to make a ring box based on The Model Maker’s and his decision to take things one step further by showing the house floating through the air made the entire thing really pop—though fortunately, not the balloons holding the house up.

6. The Muppets

Paul Pape didn’t stop with the Up! house, though. He also created an amazing engagement box designed to look like The Muppet Show theater. While everything about the design is pretty impressive, perhaps the most amazing feature of the box is the fact that the tiny stage’s footlights actually light up.

7. Gearing Up

If you’re ready to be with someone for the rest of your life, then it seems appropriate to give them the key to your heart—or to a lovely jewelry box that hides a mechanical device that can only be opened with said key. Of course, when the key does open the box, an engagement ring is revealed. Reddit user Curtisabrina spent more than 200 hours to prepare this for his girlfriend.

8. Iron Man

Eddie Zarick’s girlfriend is a huge comic book fan and is particularly big on Iron Man. So Eddie made her a special light-up arc reactor knowing she’d be thrilled with the gift—especially when she discovered the engagement ring inside.

9. Portal

Everyone loves a good companion cube, particularly this one by DeviantArt user risusan with an engagement ring inside, offering a lifetime of companionship.

10. Mario Question Block

In the Mario universe, you never know what you’ll get when you hit a question block (until you’ve already played the level that is), but it’s almost always something good. That’s why this is such a great engagement ring box. If your girl is a gamer, then she’ll automatically know something good is going to happen when you give her this Question Block box by Etsy seller emmadreamstar.

11. Death Star

When Rock N’ Roll Bride featured Jane and Neil’s wedding, the photos of Jane’s purple dress, the Mario-themed wedding cake, and the arcade cabinet used to hold the seating chart all went viral fast. One thing most people overlooked, though, was the adorable Death Star ring box the couple used to hold their wedding bands before the ceremony. Technically this was a wedding ring box, not an engagement ring box, but it’s certainly close enough to count.

Have any of you Flossers ever had a particularly cool ring box (whether or not it was for an engagement ring)?

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An Eco-Friendly Startup Is Converting Banana Peels Into Fabric for Clothes
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A new startup has found a unique way to tackle pollution while simultaneously supporting sustainable fashion. Circular Systems, a “clean-tech new materials company,” is transforming banana byproducts, pineapple leaves, sugarcane bark, and flax and hemp stalk into natural fabrics, according to Fast Company.

These five crops alone meet more than twice the global demand for fibers, and the conversion process provides farmers with an additional revenue stream, according to the company’s website. Fashion brands like H&M and Levi’s are already in talks with Circular Systems to incorporate some of these sustainable fibers into their clothes.

Additionally, Circular Systems recycles used clothing to make new fibers, and another technology called Orbital spins those textile scraps and crop byproducts together to create a durable type of yarn.

People eat about 100 billion bananas per year globally, resulting in 270 million tons of discarded peels. (Americans alone consume 3.2 billion pounds of bananas annually.) Although peels are biodegradable, they emit methane—a greenhouse gas—during decomposition. Crop burning, on the other hand, is even worse because it causes significant air pollution.

As Fast Company points out, using leaves and bark to create clothing may seem pretty groundbreaking, but 97 percent of the fibers used in clothes in 1960 were natural. Today, that figure is only 35 percent.

However, Circular Systems has joined a growing number of fashion brands and textile companies that are seeking out sustainable alternatives. Gucci has started incorporating a biodegradable material into some of its sunglasses, Bolt Threads invented a material made from mushroom filaments, and pineapple “leather” has been around for a couple of years now.

[h/t Fast Company]

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David Lynch's Amazon T-Shirt Shop is as Surreal as His Movies
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David Lynch, the celebrated director behind baffling-but-brilliant films like Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, and Twin Peaks, is now selling his equally surreal T-shirts on Amazon.

As IndieWire reports, each shirt bears an image of one of Lynch’s paintings or photographs with an accompanying title. Some of his designs are more straightforward (the shirts labeled “House” and “Whale” feature, respectively, drawings of a house and a whale), while others are obscure (the shirt called “Chicken Head Tears” features a disturbing sculpture of a semi-human face).

This isn’t the first time Lynch has ventured into pursuits outside of filmmaking. Previously, he has sold coffee, designed furniture, produced music, hosted daily weather reports, and published a book about his experience with transcendental meditation. Art, in fact, falls a little closer to Lynch’s roots; the filmmaker trained for years at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts before making his mark in Hollywood.

Lynch’s Amazon store currently sells 57 T-shirts, ranging in size from small to triple XL, all for $26 each. As for our own feelings on the collection, we think they’re best reflected by this T-shirt named “Honestly, I’m Sort of Confused.”

Check out some of our favorites below:

T-shirt that says "Honestly, I'm Sort of Confused"
"Honestly, I'm Sort of Confused"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with a drawing of a sleeping bird on it
"Sleeping Bird"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt that says Peace on Earth over and over again. The caption is pretty on the nose.
"Peace on Earth"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an image of a screaming face made out of turkey with ants in its mouth
"Turkey Cheese Head"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an odd sculpted clay face asking if you know who it is. You get the idea.
"I Was Wondering If You Know Who I Am?"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an image of a sculpted head that is not a chicken. It is blue, though.
"Chicken Head Blue"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with a drawing of a lobster on it. Below the drawing, the lobster is labeled with the word lobster. Shocking, I know.
"Lobster"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an abstract drawing of what is by David Lynch's account, at least, a cowboy
"Cowboy"

Buy it on Amazon

[h/t IndieWire]

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