Daily Video – Creepy or cute? Valentine’s chocolates in the shape of your face: Forget hearts on February 14th, now you can give your sweetie a chocolate treat with your mug on it. Sharon Reich reports.
The transcript of this daily video: It might be the ultimate in personalized Valentine’s Day Gifts.
Chocolates that mirror your image. Mariya Kawae plans to give her lollipop look-a-like to her husband on February 14th. SOUNDBITE: Mariya Kawae, woman who had a mould of her face created in chocolate, saying (Japanese): “I didn’t think it would look so much like me. So I’m a bit surprised.” To make the sweet treat Mariya’s image was scanned at the KS Design Lab. Then, using a 3D printer a silicon mould of her face was created. Kana Yuasa helped her four-year-old daughter Hisoka fill a mould of her likeness with chocolaty goodness. SOUNDBITE: Kana Yuasa, woman who had a mould of her face created in chocolate, saying (Japanese): “I thought that people might find it somewhat odd. So I had her make them instead. I wanted her to give it to her dad, but apparently she’s going to give it to a friend.” In Japan, women traditionally give chocolates to men on February 14th. But in this case, it looks like Hisoka wants to keep her chocolatey image, all to herself.
Daily Video – A juicy Carnival celebration in Italy: Carnival-goers in northern Italy’s Ivrea pelt each other with oranges in an enactment of a centuries-old legend of tyranny and the fight for liberty. Sharon Reich reports.
The transcript of this daily video: It’s Italy’s largest food fight – and apparently it’s as painful as it looks.
SOUNDBITE: Battle of the Oranges participant Luca Messori, saying (English): “They hurt! But clearly not enough since it’s been twenty years that I’ve been taking part.” Luca Messori is just one of hundreds of people who gather in the northern Italian city of Ivrea to enact the historic Battle of the Oranges. Revellers dress up in medieval costumes and hurl 500 tons of juicy fruit at one another. The celebration began as a way to mark the city’s defiance against a 12th century tyrant. Since then, it has evolved into a contest where nine teams compete with fixed rules. While passions here are running high, for some like Flaminia Sacco keeping clear of the fruit whizzing by takes some getting used to. SOUNDBITE: Battle of the Oranges participant Flaminia Sacco saying (English): “It’s our first time. I’m a bit scared to get hit in the head but it’s fun.” Orange you glad to be watching from a distance?
Daily Video – Carnival celebrations cut loose in Brazil: All eyes are on the glittering costumes and colorful floats of Carnival troupes as they parade through the Sambadrome. Sharon Reich reports.
The transcript of this daily video: The sound of samba is in the air as Brazil’s Carnival celebration continues.
Rio de Janiero’s Sambadrome is filled with some seventy-thousand people – including actor Will Smith – all here to take in the vibrant parade. Kicking things off is the Inocentes de Belford Roxo samba school. As they shake their way into the stadium, dancers Keila dos Santos and Giane da Silva Pereira can’t contain their excitement. SOUNDBITE: Dancer Keila dos Santos of the Inocentes de Belford Roxo samba school, saying (Portuguese): “I’m very happy; I’ve got samba in my feet. At 47 years of age, I am a mulatto full of life.” SOUNDBITE: Dancer Giane da Silva Pereira of the Inocentes de Belford Roxo samba school, saying (Portuguese): “It’s the best feeling in the world. I learned how to dance with my grandmother and now I’m here.” Each samba school has an hour and twenty minutes to parade the 500-foot long Sambadrome. This party goes well into the night – and it won’t stop here. Millions of people are expected to take part in hundreds of street parties across the city in the days to come.