Classic Valentine's Day Locations
- Look out for Cupid's Hill, it's on the English / Welsh border, North East of Abergavenny. While you are at Cupid's Hill, why not get a taste of married life? Book in at the Nag's Head for your stay in this Monmouth village, a classic Valentine's day location.
- While Kent has its Dover, Wiltshire has its LOVER.
- Talking of Kent, there is a road called Heart's Delight in Sittingbourne, Kent.
- One urban myth would have you believe that there is a Truelove in Devon England. The truth is there is a place called Truelove Lowlands, but it's on Devon Island which is in Canada.
- In London, the largest green space is not Hyde Park, but Valentine's Park in Redbridge. An ideal courting spot.
Valentine Locations in USA
- Naturally, Texas has the world's biggest Valentine, that would be the town of Valentine, which is south of El Paso, not far from the Mexican border.
- Also in America, is Love County OK, where OK stands for Oklahoma.
- Joy reports of Loveland, Ohio, USA. Ken notes that Loveland, Colorado sends thousands of Valentines each year.
- As many towns go in for 'Twinning', how about Romeo in Michigan with Joliet in Illinois (Juliet). Actually, about ten miles upstream (North) from Joliet, Illinois, USA is Romeoville. This is much closer than Romeo, Michigan. [Kindly sent in by Scott Sheffer]
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The Ideal Valentine's LocationA tiny heart-shaped island in the Adriatic Sea has become a holiday hit for St Valentine's Day after being discovered on Google Earth. Even the uninhabited island's owner didn't realise how perfectly heart-shaped the island off the Croatian coast was until he was swamped with requests from lovers to stay there. 'It has been incredible. We think it is the most perfect heart-shaped island in the world,' said Vlado Juresko, whose family owns the 130,000 square yard islet of Galesnjak, hastily renamed "Lovers' Island". 'Nobody lives there so if lovers really do want to spend time alone it's the perfect desert island. We always thought it looked a bit like a heart but since it's been on Google Earth everyone else has seen it too and the whole world seems to want to stay here.'
Man Forced to Marry Four Wives in Six MonthsA Saudi man is in hospital after his divorced parents forced him to marry four times within six months. The battle began when the father insisted the boy should marry a girl from his side of the family. The mother retaliated by ordering him to wed a girl from her side, reports Arab News quoting Al-Watan daily. But the father wasn't happy with the balance of power and insisted on a third wife from his side, to show who was boss. The mother, not to be outdone, then demanded that her son include another wife from her side of the family. The son has now been admitted to a hospital for psychological treatment. He is refusing to see his parents or his wives.
Leap Day - February 29thTraditionally, leap years in general and leap days in particular are a time when women break with tradition and propose to men. So, be in the right location at the right time. To modern mankind, leap days and leap years make sense. Unlike our ancient ancestors, we realise that there are 365 and a quarter days in a year. Thus we get used to the idea that ever four years there will be an extra day called the 29th of February. A year is the time it takes the earth to orbit the sun. Moreover, a year brings with it the concepts of repeating seasons and fluctuating day length. Indeed, it was not that long ago when wise men thought that sun orbited the earth, even worse those who believed the earth was spherical and not flat would have been confined to a lunatic asylum. Back to the problem of that leap day the 29th of February. The day is the time it takes the earth to rotate on it's own axis, it is such a wonderful and logical measurement of time that we don't want to mess with it. It makes no sense to make one day equal to 24 hrs and one minute, just to match with the 365 1/4 days it takes to orbit the sun. If such a stupid idea ever gained acceptance it would mean that every two years 'Midnight' 0:00 would be at high noon. Yet if every day was precisely 24:00:00 and there were no leap years we get a new form of madness, January the 1st would eventually occur at the spring equinox. Early attempts by Romans to fix leap years every four years worked well enough during their life time, but eventually the calendar suffered from the fact that the award of leap years was based on imprecise calculation. The fundamental problem is that the earth does not orbit the the sun in an exact number of day, instead the period is 365.24219 days. The point is that if you have a leap year every 4 years eventually you will observe an error. In itself, the error of 1 day in 138 years seems insignificant, but after 1,500 years Pope Gregory decided it was time to do something about the accumulated 11 day anomaly. Then when a correction is made to the calendar after centuries of ignoring the leap day, people become upset. This actually happened in the 16th century when governments switched from the old Julian calendar to the modern Gregorian calendar with it's leap days every 4 years. To make the correction, the governments had to 'lose' 11 days. Next Leap Day - February 29th 2012
Valentine's Day of the WeekOn which day of the week will 14th of February fall?
- 2011 - Monday
- 2012 - Tuesday
- 2013 - Thursday (Leap day in 2012)