Happy Valentines from NexC and HV


MATTERS OF THE HEART
   
14  February 2007  Who knows? The day is still young.
14  February 2001  Near Earth Asteroid RendezvousNear Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft becomes first vehicle to land on an asteroid (433 Eros).
14  February 1990  PERRIERPerrier lost its sparkle and recalls 160 million bottles of water after traces of benzene, a carcinogen, are found in some of them.
14  February 1989  World's 1st satellite Skyphone opens. (V-Day has always been one of the busiest days on the phone—and now on Blackberry.)
14  February 1971  NIXONRichard Nixon installs secret taping system in White House. (This dangerous toy may catch up with you in time.)
14  February 1958  Arab Federation of Iraq and Jordan forms. (It seems friendship can get a little rusty over the years.)
14  February 1951   SUGAR RAY ROBINSONSugar Ray Robinson defeats Jake LaMotta and takes middleweight title. (A date with a fight?)
14  February 1950   U.S.S.R. and China sign peace treaty. (So who says there is no love in politics?)
14  February 1941   1,000,000th vehicle traverses the New York Midtown Tunnel. (Who’s counting now?)
14  February 1924   IBMIBM Corporation founded by Thomas Watson. (It seems missing a date brought something great in return.)
14  February 1919   UPSUPS - United Parcel Service forms. (The savior for last-minute deliveries has arrived.)
14  February 1876   BELL PHONEAlexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray apply separately on the same day for telephone patents; Supreme Court later rules Bell rightful inventor. (Perhaps they both wanted to be the first to make a call?)
14  February 1862   Galena, the first U.S. iron-clad warship was launched in Connecticut.
14  February 1803   APPLEThe apple parer was patented by Moses Coats of Downington, Pennsylvania.
14  February 1630   A Dutch fleet of 69 ships reaches Pernambuco, Brazil.
14  February 842   Charles II and Louis the German sign treaty.

THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE
   
14  February 2007   Let’s find out in 50 years.
14  February 1944   Carl Bernstein, Washington Post investigative reporter, Watergate
14  February 1942   Michael Bloomberg, American politician
14  February 1935   David Wilson, British governor, Hong Kong
14  February 1913   Jimmy Hoffa, Teamsters leader who disappeared in 1975
14  February 1911   Willem J Kolff, Dutch/US internist/inventor, Artificial Kidney
14  February 1859   George Washington Gale Ferris, engineer/inventor, Ferris Wheel
14  February 1838   Margaret Knight, inventor, "The Female Thomas Edison"
14  February 1572   Hans Christoph Haiden, composer
14  February 1368   Emperor Sigismund, German statesman

MATTERS OF THE HEART

HERO OF HEARTS

SAINT VALENTINEValentine’s Day commemorates the martyrdom of Valentine, a priest who served during the third century in Rome. According to legend, when Emperor Claudius II saw that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When the priest’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered for him to be put to death.
WHICH VALENTINE
Today, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints by the name of Valentine or Valentinus. And all of them were martyred, which makes it difficult to pinpoint exactly who the popular legend refers to.
 
PRE-HALLMARK VALENTINE
It is believed that Valentine actually sent the first valentine greeting himself. While in prison for defying Claudius, Valentine fell in love with a young girl (probably the jailor's daughter) who frequently visited him there. Before his death, he wrote her a letter, signed “From your Valentine”, an expression still used today.
 

THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE
       
MandarinWo ai ni JapaneseAi shite imasu
HindiMai tumse pyar karta hoon ItalianTi amo
SpanishTe amo FilipinoMahal kita
Russian - Ya vas lyublyu GreekS' agapo
ArabicAna Ba-heb-bak RomanianTe iubesc
BengaliAmi tomAy bhAlobAshi DutchIk hou van jou
German - Ich liebe Dich FrenchJe t'aime

SAY IT WITH FLOWERS
         
ROSE
ROSE
I Love You
DAISY
DAISY
My Love is Innocent and Pure
TULIP
TULIP
Ours is a Perfect Love
LILY
LILY
You are so Beautiful
ORCHID
ORCHID
I am Passionately in Love with You
 
CARNATION
CARNATION
You are a Fascinating Person
LILAC
LILAC
Do You Still Love Me?
WILDFLOWER
WILDFLOWER
I Adore You
SUNFLOWER
SUNFLOWER
My Loyalty is Yours
IRIS
IRIS
I am Faithful to You

LOVE DON'T COST A THING?
         
One of America’s top financial advisors, Jim Trippon, shares his annual Top Ten List of the Most Outrageously Expensive Valentine’s Day Gifts for 2007.
         
Bombardier Global Express XRS Executive Jet
Bombardier Global Express XRS Executive Jet
$48 million
Private Island in Phuket, Thailand
Private Island in Phuket, Thailand
$23 million
Renee Strausse for the Bride Diamond Encrusted Wedding Dress
Renee Strausse for the Bride Diamond Encrusted Wedding Dress
$12 million
Neil Lane Sapphire & Diamond Necklace & Diamond Drop Earrings
Neil Lane Sapphire & Diamond Necklace & Diamond Drop Earrings
$2 million
Tiffany and Co. 7.5 Carat Diamond and Platinum Engagement Ring
Tiffany and Co. 7.5 Carat Diamond and Platinum Engagement Ring
$845,000
 
SSC Ultimate Aero Sports Car
SSC Ultimate Aero Sports Car
$654,500
Honma 24k Gold- and Platinum-Plated Golf Clubs
Honma 24k Gold- and Platinum-Plated Golf Clubs
$52,938/set
Fendi Pink Crocodile Spy Bag
Fendi Pink Crocodile Spy Bag
$25,700
Golf Round at Sandy Lane in Barbados
Golf Round at Sandy Lane in Barbados
$1,265
Bling H2O Water
Bling H2O Water
$40/bottle

INTERTWINED

THE REAL ROMEO AND JULIET

CLEOPATRA AND MARC ANTONYOne of the most powerful couples of all-time, the story of Antony and Cleopatra is one for the books. She was the last pharaoh of Egypt; he was a Roman General. They married in 36 B.C., and together, planned to conquer Rome, but were defeated by Roman general Octavian in the Battle of Actium. Their love ended in a tragedy. Hearing a false report that Cleopatra was dead, Anthony fell on his sword. With no hope left upon Antony’s death, Cleopatra killed herself by inducing a poisonous asp to bite her.
A ROYAL ROMANCE
QUEEN VICTORIA AND PRINCE ALBERTQueen Victoria and Prince Albert’s marriage was a fairytale—until death tore them apart. Victoria became queen of England in 1837, after the death of King William IV. Soon after, she married her first cousin, Prince Albert.
Albert became well respected and admired at that time for his honesty, diligence, and his devotion to his family. Victoria loved her husband deeply, relying on him for advice in matters of state and diplomacy. The couple was blessed with nine children.
When Prince Albert died in 1861, Queen Victoria was devastated. She shunned public appearances for three years, taking her time before once again resuming public life.
But she never stopped mourning her beloved prince. In fact, she wore black until her death in 1901.
 
A MONUMENTAL LOVE
THE TAJ MAHALFor Emperor Shah Jahan of the Mughal Empire, there was no other fitting tribute to his late wife, Mumtaz Mahal, than a monument of love. Shah wed Mumtaz in 1612. She bore him 14 children, and became his favorite wife. After Mumtaz died of childbirth in 1629, the grieving emperor resolved to honor her by building the Taj Mahal.
It took 20,000 workers, 1,000 elephants, and almost 20 years to complete the monument. Built mostly of white marble, it sits on a sandstone platform, and is topped by a 137-foot high dome. The mausoleum’s interior is lavishly decorated in lapis lazuli, turquoise, agate, jasper, and colored marble, while its exterior is paved with semiprecious stones. The surrounding garden contains four water channels, to represent the four rivers of Islamic paradise.
Later on, Shah was deposed by his son, and was imprisoned in the Red Fort of Agra. There, he spent lonely hours staring across the Jamuna River at the monument to his beloved queen. He was eventually buried beside her in the monument of their love.
 

HEART BEATS
 
The purchase of at least one card for a romantic love relationship comprises about 45% of Valentine’s Day transactions.
 
People exchange approximately 188 million cards worldwide during Valentine’s Day, making it the second largest holiday for greeting card-giving.
 
Women receive half of all valentines.
 
About 46% of all Valentine’s day cards are hand-delivered. And they often come with gifts!
 

 

 

 


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