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14 Fun Facts About Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner so we thought we would give you some fun facts about this loving holiday!
  1. It is considered lucky to be awoken by a kiss on Valentine’s Day.
  2. In the Middle Ages young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their Valentine would be. They would wear the name of their Valentine pinned on their sleeves for one week to show other their true feelings. This was known as “wearing your heart on your sleeve”.
  3. 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.
  4. Alexander Graham Bell applied for his patent on the telephone on Valentine’s Day in 1876.
  5. In 2009, consumers spent $14.7 billion dollars on Valentine’s Day.
  6. 75% of men state they plan ahead for Valentine’s Day although many don’t make their final purchases until the last few days.
  7. 46% of Americans exchange Valentine’s Day candy.
  8. Richard Cadbury, as-in Cadbury cream egg, invented the first box of Valentine’s Day themed chocolates in the 1880s.
  9. Valentine candy “conversation hearts” have a shelf life of five years.
  10. Worldwide, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine’s Day every year.
  11. 73% of people who buy flowers for Valentine’s Day are men while only 27% are women.
  12. About 3% of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.
  13. 33% of Valentine’s Day cards will come with a gift.
  14. The first commercial Valentine’s Day greeting cards produced in the U.S. were created in the 1840s by Esther A. Howland.

Don’t forget to check out our eCampus.com Trivia Challenge – Valentine’s Edition for a chance to win a $50 SkinIt.com Gift Card or $250 in cash!

-Lovejoy

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17 Facts About Benjamin Franklin You May Not Know

1.) Born on January 17th 1706, he was 84 when he died in 1790.  At that time the average life expectancy was 37.  This would be the equivalent to someone today dying at the age of 125.

2.) At the age of 20 he listed 13 virtues that everyone should live by:

    • Temperance
    • Silence
    • Order
    • Resolution
    • Frugality
    • Industry
    • Sincerity
    • Justice
    • Moderation
    • Cleanliness
    • Tranquility
    • Chastity
    • Humility

3.) Along with the lightning rod, spectacles, the oven, and the battery, he also invented the odometer.  As a postmaster, he wanted to provide fast and efficient service so he created an odometer and attached it to his carriage.  Although he invented all of these things he never held a patent on any of them.  He believed that scientific discoveries should be shared with everyone.

4.) He was a vegetarian for most of the younger years of his life.

5.) Approximately 20,000 people attended his funeral on April 17, 1790. This was an unheard of turnout in those days.

6.) He believed that debt was a form of slavery.  He believed that living without it gave a man a freedom of spirit.  He often spoke of his idea to start a society called The Society of the Free and Easy, meaning free of debt and easy in spirit.

7.) He formed the first public lending library in America.

8.) After dropping out of school at the age of 10, he became a printing apprentice to his brother James at the age of 12.  At the age of 17, Franklin ran away from his apprenticeship becoming a fugitive.  He ended up in Philadelphia working at several printer shops around town.

9.) His father, Josiah Franklin, had two wives and 17 children.  Benjamin was his father’s 15th child and last son

10.) He proposed to his wife Deborah Reed when he was 17 years old and she was 15.  Because she was once married and divorced, Franklin was forced to enter into a common law marriage with her.

11.) His second son, Francis Folger Franklin, died of smallpox at the age of 4.

12.) He was an avid chess player.  He was inducted into the United States Chess Hall of Fame in 1999.

13.) He created the first volunteer fire department in Pennsylvania in 1736 calling it the Union Fire Company.

14.) Although he was called “Doctor” throughout most of his life, he never went to college.  He received honorary doctorate degrees from Harvard and Yale in 1753.

15.) When the Second Continental Congress created the United States Post Office in 1775, it named Franklin the first United States Postmaster General.

16.) Counties in at least 16 different states are named after him.

17.) He first saw his work in print at the age of 16 when he began printing letters in his brother’s newspaper under the alias of a woman names Silence Dogood.  In the letters, she gave advice and was very critical of the world around her.  Finally after publishing 16 letters, Franklin admitted to his brother that it was in fact him writing the letters.

Facts about Four Loko

Unless you live under a rock, you have most likely heard about Four Loko. If not, quick update: FourLoko is an alcoholic beverage combined with caffeine that has skyrocketed in popularity among college aged adults.
FourLoko is ideal for the broke college student because one can contains a significant amount of alcohol for a small price. What could be better? We will let you be the judge, but to help you make the decision, here are a few facts that you should be aware of, and can be found on Four Loko’s website.

-Four Loko was introduced to the market in August 2008
-The 23.5 ounce cans can be sold at local liquor stores for only $2.50
-Each can contains 6-12% alcohol by volume depending on state regulations
It comes in 8 different flavors
-The alcohol content of one can of Four Loko is comparable to wine and some craft beers
-Each can of Four Loko contains about the same amount of caffeine as a tall coffee from Starbucks

There has been much speculation in the media recently about this beverage. Most recently, the company that produces Four Loko has removed caffeine from Four Loko. The FDA ruled that the caffeine in alcoholic drinks is an unsafe food additive. There have been some unfortunate situations recorded believing Four Loko to be a serious factor in the events. The drink, Four Loko, was banned from four states: Washington, Ohio, Utah, and Oklahoma. So while it might all be fun in games, this drink is not one to mess around with. Now that you have some of the facts, what will you spend your $2.50 on?

With love
Kat VonD

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