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  • Martini Republic makes the good point that the City's billion dollar housing bond on this November's ballot isn't getting much attention due to the rancor over the Council's term extension promposal, Measure M.

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  • The promposal is now the cherry on top at the end of Grade 12, for the cool kids at least.

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  • Once posed as a timid "Will you go to prom with me?" in the locker room, the promposal is now an extravagant public affair: Think choreographed dance numbers, serenades, elaborate scavenger hunts and dramatic staging, with "Prom?" painted on cavalcades of cars, draped off bridges or slipped into fortune cookies.

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  • For this reason, there are even pre-promposals, with hopefuls posting popular promposal videos, with a wish.

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  • Still, the risk of a no is low and much of the surprise factor is staged: "Guys won't make a public promposal unless they know for sure that the girl will say yes," Ms. Sabharwal says.

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  • Although her positive response wasn't a given, Ms. Tam says she's heard of only one unsuccessful promposal.

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  • "I think a lot of girls like getting attention and feeling special at the end of their high-school careers," says Hannah Tam, an 18-year-old at Richview who got a fortune cookie promposal from her date, a close friend.

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  • At UTS, a competitive-entry private school in Toronto, the ingenious "promposal" has become a defining gesture: the prom invitation hidden in the fortune cookie, shouted out from the stage in the middle of a Battle of the Bands, flashed on the overhead screen during a session of the Model United Nations.

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