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Enjoy some Valentine's Day suggestions

Here's to another Valentine's Day. Do what you should be doing every day ... hug the ones you love, make sure they know they have a place in your heart and eat chocolate.

I went in search of some lovable "smart" to spread today and came across some quite interesting tidbits.

Experts insist that the average person falls in love seven times before marriage.

Studies by Dr. Karl F. Robinson of Northwestern University reportedly prove that men change their minds two or three times more often than do women.

The average woman uses up approximately her height in lipstick every five years.

Ladies in nudist camps tend to use more makeup than ladies elsewhere.

It's a matter of record that Cleopatra daubed perfume between her toes. When she set out to meet Mark Anthony, history records, she even sprinkled perfume all over the sails of her barge.

Most recent research indicates just about 9,000 romantic couples each year take out marriage licenses, then fail to use them.

One hundred years ago, a woman thought herself to be particularly gifted if she were one of those who grew a faint mustache.

It's reported that more than 10,000 marriages a year now are directly traceable to romances which begin during coffee breaks.

The matrimonial pollsters contend their studies indicate the man who kisses his wife goodbye when he leaves for work every morning averages a higher income than does the fellow who doesn't. Husbands who exercise the rituals of affection tend to be more painstaking, more stable, more methodical, thus higher earners, it's believed.

The longest kiss listed in the "Guinness Book of World Records" lasted an incredible 417 hours.

Husbands who kiss their wives before leaving home in the morning have been documented to live five years longer than those who do not.

The first Western movie was titled, "The Kiss."

Women's hemlines go up as the economy gets better. They stay put when nothing happens in commerce. They go down when business drops off. Nobody knows why, but the record indicates the pattern dates back more than 65 years.

The ladies of old Rome customarily put perfumed swan's fat in their bathtubs filled with donkey milk.

The primary ambition of a Zulu's wife is to help her husband acquire sufficient means to buy another wife -- so they can split the chores.

Harvard University studies show that when domestic differences arise, it's usually the spouse who does the most talking who gets his (or her) way.

Psychological studies show conclusively that, while emergencies tend to upset a woman more, in a real crisis she is likely to remain calmer than the average male.

Only 14 percent of brides in the United States are engaged for more than one year to the men they actually marry. Length of the average engagement is six months. Engagements that are considerably longer tend to raise the odds against happy matrimony.

Price of a new bride in Jamestown when the English first settled there was 120 pounds of tobacco.

Marital quarrels hit their peak in July. July is also tops for riots, criminal violence and hasty legislation. Oppressive heat and consequent loss of temper control are the causes.

So here's hoping you have a great Valentine's Day, abundant with donkey milk and perfume between your toes. Or, maybe you'd just prefer chocolate. Me, I think I'll spend the day seriously considering that Zulu thing.

Contact columnist Mandy Flynn at flyn1862@bellsouth.net.