There is a man in China who has molded his life into a living 'Friends' episode.
Part Gunther. Part Chandler. 100% Friends. (via YouTube)
A man who goes by the name of Gunther manages a coffee shop called Central Perk in Beijing, China. The coffee shop is a meticulous replica of the set from Friends. In the short i-D documentary, Gunther explains that he was heartbroken over his first love leaving him when a friend suggested he watch Friends to help him cope. The show got him through the difficult time in his life, so now he recommends it to other people, even likening the series to a religion. The story sounds like a meta sub-plot of a Friends episode.
It wouldn't be Friends without the fountain. (via YouTube)
Here's the highlight reel from this video about Gunther and his Friends obsession:
1. Gunther's son's name is Joey, and, of course, he's taught him to say "how you doin'?"
2. He refers to the Beijing Central Perk as a "friendship building."
3. He holds up a copy of Baywatch and says "big boobs."
4. Smelly Cat, the foosball table, and Huggsy, Joey's bedtime penguin pal, all make an appearance.
5. He couldn't find the yellow frame from Monica's apartment door, so he made one.
At the end of the video, Gunther says, "I'm living in Friends, of course I'm happy every day. We all want to live in this dream and never wake up."
It's sort of beautiful and heartbreaking, and delves deeper than most storylines in the real TV show.
Here's the full video: