By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 13, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- "I call it the Cupid One. It's a love missile," said Eddie Gines, as he showed off his Love Missile in his front yard.
When asked if there was an actual button to press to launch the missile, he was quick to combat that idea.
"Oh no no no. This is a non-working prototype," Gines said with a laugh. "But there is kind of a faux button in the back that you could press."
Gines built the peace-loving "prototype" out of air conditioning ducts. It stands more than 14 feet tall in his Indian Head Acres front yard.
"If all these nuclear weapons can happen, why not a love missile?" he said. "It can shoot up into the air and release some sort of Goldfinger type gas - love potion number 9 - that makes us all get along."
"The reality is that all of us - each of us - can be a love missile," Gines said. "We can release energy and make the world a better place.
Neighbor Josh Krach said Gines gave him advanced warning that he was building the Love Missile.
"That's really pretty cool," Krach said. "I hope folks enjoy it."
There is a waterproof information box near the street, like the ones realtors use to post for sale flyers.
"It's a little thing that explains what this is all about. It's a list of ideas, love actions; smile often, befriend neighbors, offer to help the elderly or disabled with chores or errands," Gines said as he read from a long list of suggestions. "Drive patiently and cautiously. Use your blinker," he said with a laugh.
"The world is kind of in need of a reminder. There are more good people than there are bad. The world is a beautiful place," Gines said. "You don't have to go very far to find a miracle in this world and the people in it."