Instead of cutting the wedding cake, a Portuguese couple were married inside it. Hundreds of tourists and curious bystanders in Loule watched as Maria da Conceicao Revez, 19, and Joao Pedro Guerreiro Ramos, 20, were married inside the four-story-tall strawberry and apricot cake, made by Revez' father, who is chief pastry chef at a luxury hotel. The cake was built over a frame of wood and metal and was a replica of the church of Sao Lourenco in nearby Almansil. It took more than a month to construct and was made from 12,000 eggs, about two tons of sugar, nearly a ton of flour, half a ton of margarine, 700 pounds of chopped fruit, 1,500 pounds of fruit preserves, 100 gallons of port wine and 200 gallons of lemon syrup.
--There wasn't a tractor or a pair of overalls in sight as participants donned string bikinis and slathered on suntan lotion at the World's Biggest Beach Party, held in a cornfield in Williamsburg, Iowa, 1,200 miles from the ocean. "It's just like in Hawaii. You just got to hang loose," said promoter Steve Gander, who organized the party, bringing 3 million pounds of sand from Florida, California, Texas, Hawaii, Wisconsin, Alaska, Michigan, Mexico, France, Brazil and the Caribbean to construct the beach. A crowd estimated at 20,000 for the two-day event paid $10 each to participate in such events as a surfing competition in which contestants attempted to ride a Canadian-built contraption billed as the world's only mechanical surfboard.