Perhaps I need a vacation, or maybe just some serious play. So, for today's blog, I combed the Internet for romance-related trivia. Here is some of what I found:
-- You've probably heard that 53% of all mass market paperback books sold in this country are romances. That means romance novels earn more money in the USA yearly than baseball.
-- The longest married couple is believed to be a Taiwanese couple who celebrated their 86th anniversary in 2003. Liu Yung-yang and his wife, Yang Wan, are listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for the world's longest marriage.
-- For Valentine's Day 2000, a liqueur manufacturer created the world's largest box of chocolates. The heart-shaped box, assembled in New York City, measured 15 feet high by 15 feet wide and weighed some 1300 pounds. It held the record until November of 2002, when Marshall Fields broke the record with a 2,002 pound box of chocolates in Chicago.
-- Wild cabbage was traditionally recommended as an aphrodisiac.
-- You burn 26 calories in a one-minute kiss.
-- According to English folklore, Saturday, the most popular American choice, is the unluckiest day to marry!
-- Janet Evanovich wrote 12 romance novels before moving to the crime genre to author her highly successful Stephanie Plum series of novels. She credited with this quote on the preparation for her genre change from romance to crime: "I spent two years retooling - drinking beer with law enforcement types, learning to shoot, practicing cussing."
-- The average woman uses up approximately her height in lipstick every five years.
How about you? Heard any good romance trivia lately?