Relationships arise from an emotional attraction, and are associated with love, chocolate, diamonds, marriage … Relationships are warm and sensual, and something we all yearn for.
Here are twelve interesting facts about all those divine sentiments associated with relationships.
Fact 1: The word „honeymoon“, only appeared in the English language in the middle of the sixteenth century. A passage from Richard Huloet’s “Abecedarium Anglico Latinum” from 1552 reads: “Honeymoon, a term proverbially applied to such as be new married, which will not fall out at the first, but the one loves the other at the beginning exceedingly, the likelihood of their exceeding love appearing to assuage, the which time the vulgar people call the honeymoon”. In translation, honeymoon means new love, a period of bliss at the beginning of a conjugal union.
Fact 2: Anthropologists suggest that the tradition of engagement rings originated from a Roman custom in which wives wore rings attached to small keys indicating they were in the ownership of their husbands. The first diamond engagement ring is believed to have been commissioned by Archduke Maximillian of Austria in 1477 for his betrothed, Mary of Burgundy. Diamonds then become popular among the European aristocrats and nobility.
Fact 3: A survey conducted in 2013 showed that 59% of Americans believe that online dating is a good way to meet people. The survey also revealed that around 10% of people aged 18-24, 22% of people aged 25-34 and 17% of people aged 35-44 have used an online dating site or mobile dating application.
Fact 4: 5% of Americans who are married or are in a long term relationship admit that they met their significant other through an online dating service.
Fact 5: Chocolate is doubtlessly the world’s most-loved aphrodisiac. However did you know that the following foods have an influence on your body and its functions? Nicholas Culpepper, an English herbalist from the 17th century, wrote that asparagus „stirs up lust in men and women“. According to historians, in 19th century France couples were served three courses of asparagus at their prenuptial dinner. Poets often referred to almonds as a way to a woman’s embrace, its aromas are believed to arouse a sense of passion in women. Avocados were forbidden by Catholic priests in Spain for being „too sexual“ and figs, the oldest recorded fruit in history, is believed to have been Cleopatra’s favorite, while the ancient Greek’s associated figs with love and fertility.
Fact 6: Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher, of North Carolina, were recognized by The Guinness World Records as the oldest living couple in 2008, with 84 years of marriage. This couple withstood the Great Depression, World War II, the Korean and the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement. Herbert passed away at the age of 105 in 2011, in their 87 year of marriage, while Zelmyra passed away in 2013, also at the age of 105.
Fact 7: The wedding ring is worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because ancient Roman’s believed that the “vein of love” ran through this finger and into the heart.
Fact 8: Speed dating was invented in Los Angeles in 1999 by a rabbi and is based on a Jewish tradition of chaperoned gatherings.
Fact 9: According to research, men fall in love substantially quicker than women! A man will develop strong feelings after the 4th date, while a woman won’t fall in love until the 14th date.
Fact 10: “Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, and half shut afterwards “, said Benjamin Franklin.
Fact 11: Wedding showers originated from a time when fathers would provide their daughters with a dowry. If the father disapproved of the wedding and hence did not bestow a dowry upon his daughter, the community would hold a wedding shower to financially aid the couple.
Fact 12: According to the Guinness Book of Records, the longest recorded engagement in the world was sixty-seven years! The couple finally tied the knot when both turned eighty-two.