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VALENTINE’S DAY (continued): • In the 18th-century, some unmarried women pinned five bay leaves to the center and four corners of their pillows on February 13. According to tradition, that night they would dream of their future husband. Some recited a verse before sleep: “Good Valentine, be kind to me, in dreams let me my true love see.” Perhaps this is where we derive the expression “the man of my dreams”! • Another old Valentine custom had men write women’s names on bits of paper and place them in a jar. Each man drew a paper, and that woman was the man’s Valentine. He spent the day paying special attention to her and bestowing small gifts, often a pair of gloves. Some of the men pinned the lady’s name to their shirtsleeve and wore it for several days, literally “wearing their hearts on their sleeves.” • In Victorian days, young women used their fans to convey secret messages to their beaus. Drawing her fan across the cheek meant “I love you,” while twirling it in her right hand gave the warning, “We are being watched.” • Esther A. Howland was the first person to commercially manufacture Valentines, beginning in 1847. Considered the “Mother of the Valentine,” her original creations featured real lace and colorful ribbons. She eventually expanded her business into sales of $100,000 annually.

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• According to a French tradition, a young woman lets her admirer know whether his affections are welcome by what she feeds him on Valentine’s Day. If she feeds him an egg dish, the answer is definitely “No,” while something with apple or pear signifies “Yes.”



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• Those colorful little candy conversation hearts have been around since 1866, when they were first manufactured by the New England Confectionery Company, or NECCO, as the company is more commonly known. Originally called “motto hearts,” they contained messages such as “Be Good,” “Be True” and “Kiss Me.” NECCO began updating their phrases in recent years, adding “Call Me,” “Fax Me,” “Email Me” and starting in 2011, one in 80 hearts reads “Tweet Me.” NECCO makes eight billion Sweethearts every year, selling about 100,000 pounds of them every day between January 1 and February 14. • If you plan to give your Valentine a bottle of perfume, you might want to know that one of the ingredients in many perfumes is coal tar. And in order to prolong the fragrance, manufacturers add substances taken from beavers, male musk deer and sperm whales. Still other ingredients are derived from turpentine. Most perfumes are produced synthetically using chemical substances, and even the best perfumes contain only about 10 percent flower petal oil dissolved in alcohol. It takes about 10 million jasmine flowers to produce only 2.2 pounds of fragrant oil. Although a perfume may smell like one specific fragrance, it can actually be a blend of up to 500 ingredients.


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• Construction got underway in 1848 using primarily white marble blocks from Maryland. The underlayment was Maryland blue gneiss and Maine granite. The work continued for six years; then the donations ran out. Each state of the Union was urged to contribute a commemorative stone to be included in the interior walls in an effort to help cut costs and allow construction to continue. But the expenses of the Civil War finally brought the construction to a halt. • The Monument sat for over 20 years until the federal government took over, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed the project. An obvious sign of the time difference can be seen on the lower 150 feet (46 m) of the obelisk. The builders were unable to find a match for the color of the marble used during the early construction, which is why the bottom 27 percent is a lighter color. • The Monument was completed in 1884, towering to a height of 555 feet and 5 1/8 inches (169.3 m) and weighing more than 80,000 tons. At its base, the walls are 15 feet (4.6 m) thick, tapering to 18 inches (460 mm) in the upper shaft. The interior walls contain 193 contributed memorial stones. The final cost was $1,187,710. It was officially dedicated in February of 1885, and within the first six months, 10,041 people had climbed the Monument’s 897 steps to the top. Shortly afterward, a steam elevator was installed, providing a 20-minute ride to the top, complete with a snack of wine and cheese during the trip. However, only men were allowed to ride the elevator, as it was considered unsafe for women and children! By 1888, an average of 55,000 people were making the trip to the top every month. Today, about 800,000 visitors make the trip annually, and the elevator ride takes just 70 seconds. • At its completion, the Washington Monument became the world’s tallest structure, an honor it held until 1889, when Paris’ Eiffel Tower surpassed it. It remains not only Washington, D.C.’s tallest structure, but the world’s tallest stone structure and the world’s tallest obelisk as well.

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“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part I” (PG-13) -- There’s not a whole lot to say about this here moving picture -- fans will see it, and everyone else will loathe it. Yup, this is the one where the vampire, Edward (Robert Pattinson), marries the teen girl, Bella (Kristen Stewart), presumably to break the curse that keeps the poor girl from expressing anything approximating human emotion. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work, and Stewart’s face stays emotively neutral throughout the film. There’s a PG-13 sex scene during the stonyfaced couple’s honeymoon. However, the really gross stuff comes afterward, when the half-vampire baby goes all “Alien” and starts killing the young mother from the inside. As easy as it is to dog this movie for its flaws, an open mind and sense of humor will get you through if you’re ever forced to watch it. “Fireflies in the Garden” (R) -- This dysfunctional family drama may have pulled in a nice cast, but achieves only moderate success in bringing the story to life. Willem Dafoe plays Charles, an overbearing father who leaves a few psychological bruises on his son, Michael (Ryan Reynolds as an adult.) Julia Roberts plays Lisa, Michael’s lovely mother who is there to pick up the pieces. The parents are killed in a car accident before the family can reconcile, leaving behind a tangled web of guilt and resentment. It’s hard to say just what’s missing, but this story is more mopey than thoughtful, more cliched than tender. “A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas” (R) -- The cannabis-loving duo reunites for another ill-fated adventure to rectify a mix-up involving drugs and the perfect Christmas tree. Once again, the humor is raunchy, raucous and seemingly random. Some sequences are laugh-out-loud funny; the remainder are best left unmentioned in polite company. Thanks to the Christmas spirit, the irreverent saga gets some warmth, showing that the duo is not too lowbrow to love. TV RELEASES “Father Dowling Mysteries: The First Season” “Rocko’s Modern Life: Season Two” “Police Woman: Complete Second Season” “New Tricks: Series 6” (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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“Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing,” said the German writer Goethe. Let’s take a look at that strange phenomenon that “makes the world go ‘round.” • Courtship during Victorian times had definite rules of etiquette, and according to one authority of those times, the lady “is not to allow the young gentleman to kiss you until he has proposed marriage.” Of course, there were those who disagreed, such as the expert who advised that, “The prudent maiden should not allow her lover to kiss her even after their engagement. Not until after marriage should such a favor be granted.” • The fourth finger of the left hand became the “ring finger” for wedding rings because of a tradition stating that a delicate nerve ran from that finger to the heart. • The throwing of rice at weddings represents a wish for children and a long life for the couple, since rice, according to tradition, is the symbol of fertility and longevity. • One woman expressed her love for her man on a recently seen bumper sticker: “All men are idiots, and I married their king.” Comedian Rodney Dangerfield had a similar attitude: “My wife and I were happy for 20 years. Then we met.” • It was Sir Alfred Tennyson who said, “’Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” • One Mexico City couple apparently believed in long engagements. In 1902, when Octavio Guillen and Adriana Martinez were both 15, they became engaged. They remained so for 67 years until 1969 when they married at 82. • Although Britney Spears’ first marriage lasted just 55 hours, and one of Patty Duke’s marriages only 13 days, not every Hollywood marriage is doomed to fail. Bob Hope was married 69 years, James Cagney for 63 years, and Charlton Heston, 65 years. • Minnie Pearl had these thoughts on marriage: “Getting married’s a lot like getting into a tub of hot water. After you get used to it, it ain’t so hot.” • Age seems to have nothing to do with marriage success. Wisconsin’s Simon and Ida Stern dissolved their marriage in 1984. He was 97; she was 91. Britain’s Bertie and Jessie Woods called in quits in 2008; both were 97 at the time. • Harry Stevens robbed the cradle when he was 103 and married a much younger woman, Thelma Lucas, age 84, making him a record-holding oldest bridegroom. • Glynn “Scotty” Wolfe is another unusual record holder. He had 29 monogamous marriages over 71 years. Three of his wives died, and he was married at the time of his death at age 88. His shortest union was 19 days, and the longest lasted 11 years. His son claims, “He divorced one wife for eating sunflower seeds in bed.” • King Mongut of Siam (portrayed in the film “The King and I”) reportedly had 9,000 wives, however not monogamously. • One divorce support group advocates, “You do not need to have any reasons for getting divorced. Building upon half-truths or making some up is just fine. The courts are not interested in who did what or who is telling the truth.” • Research indicates that marital strife can weaken the immune system and cause physical illness, so be nice to your spouse!

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