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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Greetings Infomaniacs,

Nothing is reliably known of St. Valentine except his name and the fact that he died on February 14 in Rome. His story, though, has become the paradigm for the tradition of courtly love.

Enjoy!

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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "Oh, if it be to choose and call thee mine, love, thou art every day my Valentine!"

HINT: (1799-1845), was an English poet, author and humorist, best known for poems such as "The Bridge of Sighs" and "The Song of the Shirt."

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RANDOM TIDBITS

There are several legends behind Saint Valentine. One is that in the 1st century AD it is said that Valentine, who was a priest, defied the order of the emperor Claudius and secretly married couples so that the husbands wouldn't have to go to war. Soldiers were sparse at this time so this was a big inconvenience to the emperor.

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The Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare's lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet every Valentine's Day.

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Richard Cadbury invented the first Valentines Day candy box in the late 1800s.

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Alexander Graham Bell applied for his patent on the telephone, an "Improvement in Telegraphy", on Valentine's Day, 1876.

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The oldest surviving love poem till date is written in a clay tablet from the times of the Sumerians around 3500 BC.

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In Medieval times, girls ate unusual foods on St. Valentine's Day to make them dream of their future husband.




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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "Oh, if it be to choose and call thee mine, love, thou art every day my Valentine!"

ANSWER: Thomas Hood.