Valentine's Day-related history
• The ancient Romans celebrated the Feast of Lupercalia on Feb. 14 in honor of Juno, the queen of the Roman gods and goddesses. Juno was also the goddess of women and marriage.
• Many believe the X symbol became synonymous with the kiss in medieval times. People who couldn't write their names signed in front of a witness with an X. The X was then kissed to show their sincerity.
• Girls of medieval times ate bizarre foods on St. Valentine's Day ...to make them dream of their future spouse.
• In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned onto their sleeves for one week for everyone to see. This was the origin of the expression "to wear your heart on your sleeve."
• In 1537, England's King Henry VII officially declared Feb. 14 the holiday of St. Valentine's Day.
• Casanova, well known as "The World's Greatest Lover," ate chocolate to make him virile.
• Physicians of the 1800s commonly advised their patients to eat chocolate to calm their pining for lost love.
• Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine's Day in the late 1800s.
• More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine's Day.
• 73 percent of people who buy flowers for Valentine's Day are men, while only 27 percent are women.
• The red rose was the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.
• Red roses are considered the flower of love because the color red stands for strong romantic feelings.
• Approximately 145 million valentines are sent in the U.S. each year according to estimates by the U.S. Greeting Card Association. That's second only to Christmas with 1.6 billion units, and is followed by Mother's Day with 133 million units.
• Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines.
• Over 50 percent of all Valentine's Day cards are purchased in the six days prior to the holiday, making Valentine's Day a procrastinator's delight.
• Teachers will receive the most Valentine's Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, sweethearts and pets.
Happy Hearts Day everyone!
1. Human Bone
Human bone (especially the femur) is about 4 times stronger than concrete. A part of bone which is about cubic inch can bear a load of 19000lbs. (i.e. above 8.6tons).
An average male produces about 10 million new sperm cells every day. This number of new sperms is enough to repopulate the entire planet in just 6 months.
3. Largest Organ
The largest organ of the human body is skin. Every person is likely to shed off about 40lbs of his skin in his lifetime.
When you go to sleep, you wake up with a different size. A human body is tallest right after it wakes up from the bed. And the height seems small due to the hectic day and being weighed down by the forces of gravity.
5. Eye Focus
On an average, the focusing muscle of an eye moves about 100,000 times a day. From a different perspective, it would be same as walking 50 miles everyday for the muscles of your leg.
6. Body Heat
On an average, a human body releases heat in only half an hour which is enough to boil a half-gallon of water.
7. Exceptional Fact
Human beings are the only mammals in the world that cannot breathe and swallow at the very same time.
Another amazing fact about your body is that when you blush, your stomach lining also reddens.
This is interesting to know that in your lifetime you produce enough saliva to fill up at least 2 swimming pools.
The memory of your nose is great. It has the ability to remember about 50,000 different fragrances. Also, the air that comes from your nose when you sneeze has an unbelievable speed of 100mph or more.
photo source: healthcareworkforce.net
Paul Walker died helping the Philippines...
Paul Walker was killed on a fiery car crash after his Porsche lost control Saturday (US), Sunday Philippine time. But the even more heartbreaking news is that the Fast and Furious actor died while raising funds to help super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) victims in the Philippines.
Walker was in California for a car show / fund raiser activity that will support typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines according to sources. The accident... was actually one of those test spins for the car show according to a witness.
Walker was attending the charity event with his organization Reach Out Worldwide when the accident happened.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much, Sir Paul Walker. Indeed, we will miss you so much. God Bless your soul!
“Aling pag ibig pa ang hihigit kaya. Sa pagkadalisay at pagkadakila. Gaya ng pag ibig sa sariling lupa? Aling pag ibig pa? Wala na nga wala.” ~Andres Bonifacio (Nobyembre 30, 1863 – Mayo 10, 1897)
The pre-schooler from Japan who donated his piggybank savings for Yolanda victims
Six-year old Shoichi Kondoh did not think twice about giving away his childhood savings Yolanda victims after he saw the devastation on television.
Shoichi visited the Philippine Embassy in Japan today to personally hand-over his donation of JPY 5,000 or PHP 2181.81 taken from his piggybank savings....
Tiny Helping Hands for PH
As images of the devastation wrought by Typhoon Yolanda fill our television and computer screens, we all display different reactions.
Some bowed their heads in prayer, others called for help, and a whole lot more volunteered their services, offered assistance, participated in rescue and relief operations. Through all these, people have been asking why these things happen. Others simply go up and try to do what can be done....
Amazingly, children also rose up to the challenge of doing what they can do. One photo tweet from @ShekinahEden is so heartwarming—children selling lemonade ice tea to help typhoon families.
Provinces in the eastern edge of Mindanao are under public storm warning signal number 1 as a new weather system enters the country Monday, November 11.
A new tropical depression entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) early Monday, and was given the name Zoraida, state weather bureau PAGASA said in a bulletin issued 5 am.
Hurricane Safety Tips Before, During and After the Storm
Dahloan Hembree, Yahoo Contributor Network
So if you live in a hurricane or storm prone area, what should you do before, during, and after a storm to assure your safety and that of your families?
Before the Storm
The first thing to do, and what my own family has done already, is to survey the outside of your home. See what items might serve as guided missiles in a storm. If they are not needed, go ahead and put them up for the season. If they are needed, be sure and put them in the storage shed or garage when the storm is approaching.
Survey the outside of your house also for any shingles that might be loose. We found several boards that were missing a nail and were apt to come lose, so they were fixed. We also found a gutter that had come off the roof. All of these are important to have secured. Make sure all windows are secure and screens are in place.
Once the storm is approaching, be sure and fill the tub with water in case you lose water or have well water. Unplug all appliances and be sure to turn off all gas and electricity at main points. This is necessary only if you will be evacuating your home. Be sure that you have disaster supplies handy also, and that your supply list with batteries, flashlights, games, food, and medicine is handy. You never know when you might have to leave your home. Also have your important papers with you including insurance papers. During hurricane season, I have a suitcase packed with supplies ready to go. Also be sure that you have left your evacuation location with families and friends so they will know where you are during the storm.
During the Storm
Head advise of the authorities. Stay inside until the storm has passed. You never know how long the eye will be, so stay inside. Listen to the radio or TV to stay tuned to what is happening, not only in regards to the weather, but to safety and evacuations. Also, don't use candles. Candles are dangerous. Use flashlights or halogen lamps. Wind can blow over a candle and start a house fire easily.
After the Storm
If you have been evacuated, stay inside until you are told it is safe to go home. On the way home, watch for downed electrical wires. You might be the first to happen upon the downed wire. Don't assume all that are done have been marked by authorities. Also be careful when driving to avoid debris that may liter the street.
When you arrive home, make sure your home is safe and not flooded. Record any damage before contacting your insurance agent. They will want to know what damage occurred. Make any temporary repairs that you can, such as putting sheets over broken windows or repairing holes in the roof. These not only keep you safe, but prevent further damage.
Be ready. Most of all PRAY, PRAY, and PRAY ...
photo credited to: http://goatysnews.wordpress.com (Track of the Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan-International Name)