Man Builds Multicolored Igloo To Win Over Girlfriend's Parents

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  1. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    This is old news but its fun and shows great ambition. @Mindgrinder the mom is Canadian lol

    Kimberley Mok (@kimberleymok)
    Design / Green Architecture
    January 16, 2013

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    [​IMG]© Daniel Gray

    Bringing home the boyfriend can elicit interesting responses from one's parents, with some being more strategic than others. That's exactly what happened when New Zealander Daniel Gray and his girlfriend Kathleen Starrie came to stay with Starrie's family in Edmonton, Canada for five weeks during their winter holiday.

    Instead of lounging around on the couch, Starrie's mother Brigid Burton proposed that Gray, an engineering student, construct an igloo with colored ice bricks in the backyard.

    [​IMG]© Daniel Gray

    Says Gray on Global News Edmonton, Burton's idea was hatched back in October, when she began collecting hundreds of milk cartons to create the frozen bricks:

    My girlfriend's mother had a brilliant idea of building an igloo and thought it would keep me busy, away from her daughter in some respect.

    [​IMG]© Daniel Gray
    [​IMG]© Daniel Gray

    Starrie's mother recounts that

    I wanted to keep him occupied, not with my daughter necessarily. I wanted to keep him busy with something else. I didn't want (Dan) to just be twiddling his thumbs while he's here in Canada so I thought, this needs to be something that's got some meat to it.

    [​IMG]© Daniel Gray

    Happily enough, the young man passed the test, doing all the necessary calculations, then spending over 150 hours in -25 degrees Celsius (-13 Fahrenheit) weather and using over 500 ice blocks to create a rainbow-colored structure that's held together by "snowcrete" (a mix of water and snow). Of course, there was some help from Starrie herself and a neighbor.

    [​IMG]© Daniel Gray
    [​IMG]© Daniel Gray

    Although the young couple has no plans to get married anytime soon, Starrie, who has been with Gray for four years already, jokingly says that this was actually not too farfetched of a request from her mother. Plus, he says "It wasn't presented as an optional thing."
  2. Mindgrinder

    Mindgrinder Karma Pirate Ninja|RIP 12-25-2017

    Pleasantly romantic....poor form.
    Every Canadian KNOWS that you don't build your Ice-Ho Snow Palace out of uniform bricks...
    /me shakes his head in dismay...silly Aussies...
    You gotta have much bigger blocks at the bottom and go smaller as you go up.
    Like so:
    How to Build an Igloo: 14 Steps (with Pictures) - wikiHow

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