Tuesday, February 14, 2006

When Zebras Fall in Love...















HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!

Did You Know?
--from The History Channel and the US Census Bureau

CARDS
- 192 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second-most popular greeting-card-giving occasion. (This total excludes packaged kids valentines for classroom exchanges.) (Source: Hallmark research)

- Nearly 60 percent of all Valentine’s Day cards are purchased in the six days prior to the observance, making Valentine’s Day a procrastinator’s delight. (Source: Hallmark research)

SEX RATIO (I know what you're thinking...tsk,tsk)
- There are 120 single men (i.e., never married, widowed or divorced) who are in their 20s for every 100 single women of the same ages. Corresponding numbers for the following race and ethnic groups are:
Hispanics: 153 men per 100 women
Asians (single race): 132 men per 100 women (This ratio is not significantly different from that for Hispanics or non-Hispanic whites.)
Non-Hispanic whites (single race): 120 men per 100 women
Blacks (single race): 92 men per 100 women (The numbers of black men and women in this age group are not significantly different from one another.)

- There are 33 single men (i.e., never married, widowed or divorced) age 65 or older for every 100 single women of the same ages. Corresponding numbers for the following race and ethnic groups are:
Hispanics: 38 men per 100 women
Non-Hispanic whites (single race): 33 men per 100 women
Blacks (single race): 33 men per 100 women
Asians (single race): 28 men per 100 women
(Note: None of the ratios for the individual groups differ significantly from one another nor from the ratio for all people age 65 or older.)

MARRIAGE
- 2.2 million marriages take place in the United States annually. That breaks down to more than 6,000 a day.

- 145,800 marriages are performed in Nevada during 2004. So many couples “tie the knot” in the Silver State that it ranked fourth nationally in marriages, even though its total population that year among states was 35th.

- The estimated U.S. median ages at first marriage for women and men are 25.8 and 27.4 respectively, in 2004. The age for women rose 4.7 years in the last three decades. The age for men at first marriage is up 4.3 years.

- Men and women in northeastern states generally have a higher median age at first marriage than the national average. In Massachusetts, for example, women were a median of 27.4 years old and men 29.1 years of age at first marriage. States where people typically marry young include Utah, where women were a median of 21.9 years and men, 23.9 years.

- 54% and 57% of American women and men, respectively, are 15 or older and currently married (includes those who are separated).

CHOCOLATE (Yeah, now we're talkin'!)
- 1,271 locations produced chocolate and cocoa products in 2003. These establishments employed 43,379 people. California led the nation in the number of such establishments (with 146) followed by Pennsylvania (with 120).

- 519 locations produced nonchocolate confectionary products in 2003. These establishments employed 23,343 people.

- The total value of shipments in 2003 for firms producing chocolate and cocoa products was $13.5 billion. Nonchocolate confectionery product manufacturing, meanwhile, was a $5.5 billion industry.

- 3,523 Number of confectionery and nut stores in the United States in 2003. Often referred to as candy stores, they are among the best sources of sweets for Valentine’s Day.

- The per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2004 was 4.7 pounds. Candy consumption has actually declined over the last few years; in 1997, each American gobbled or savored more than 27 pounds of candy a year. [Than why are getting fatter??]

FLOWERS
- The combined wholesale value of domestically produced cut flowers in 2004 for all flower-producing businesses in 36 states with $100,000 or more in sales was $422 million was. Among states, California was the leading producer, alone accounting for nearly three-quarters of this amount ($304 million).

- The combined wholesale value of domestically produced cut roses in 2004 for all businesses in 36 states with $100,000 or more in sales was $43 million. Among all types of cut flowers, roses were second in receipts to lilies ($78 million).

- There were 22,022 florists nationwide in 2003. These businesses employed 113,270 people.

JEWELRY
- There were 28,527 jewelry stores in the United States in 2003. Jewelry stores offer engagement, wedding and other rings to lovers of all ages. In February 2005, these stores sold $2.4 billion worth of merchandise. (This figure has not been adjusted for seasonal variation, holiday or trading day differences or price changes.) .The merchandise at these locations could well have been produced at one of the nation’s 1,892 jewelry manufacturing establishments. The manufacture of jewelry was an $8.6 billion industry in 2003.

Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

With Love,
FRAN

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Hare Raising Horror?

30-Second Bunnies Theater is one of my favorite things. To some of you it's old news, but for those of you who are just discovering it - you're in for a silly yet compellingly creative treat.

Check-out the MENU and have some hare raising fun!!

Wickedly Yours,
Fran

PS - Come visit me at MySpace!

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

The Fatitudes

The Fatitudes
by Joann Flora

In the beginning....
God covered the earth with broccoli, cauliflower and spinach, with green and yellow and red vegetable of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.

Then using God's bountiful gifts, Satan created Ben and Jerry's and Krispy Kreme. And Satan said: You want hot fudge with that? And Man said: yes! And Woman said: I'll have one too, with sprinkles.

And, lo, they gained 10 pounds.

And God created the healthful yogurt that Woman might keep the figure that Man had found so fair.

And Satan brought forth refined white flour from the wheat and processed Sugar from the cane, and combined them. And Woman went from size 2 to size 14.

So God said:Try my fresh green garden salad.

And Satan presented crumbled Blue Cheese dressing and garlic toast on the side.

And Man and Woman unfastened their belts following the repast.

God then said:I have sent you heart healthy vegetables and olive oil in which to cook them.

And Satan brought forth deep-fried battered zucchini and mushrooms that Man ate with coconut shrimp, butter-dipped lobster chunks and chicken-fried steak...so big that it needed its own platter.

And Man's cholesterol went through the roof.

Then God brought forth the potato, naturally low in fat and brimming with vitamin C, potassium and good nutrition.

Then Satan peeled off the healthful skin and slicked the starchy center into chips and deep-fried them in animal fats adding copious quantities of salt.

And Man put on more pounds.

God then brought forth running shoes and gyms so that his Children might lose those extra pounds.

And Satan came forth with Nintendo and a cable TV with remote control so Man would not have to toil changing the channels.

And Man and Woman laughed and cried before the flickering light and started wearing stretch jogging suits.

God then gave them lean fish and poultry so that Man might consume fewer calories and still satisfy his appetite.

And Satan created McDonald's and the 99 cent double cheeseburger. Then Satan said: You want fries with that?

And Man replied: Yes! And super size 'em!

And man developed diabetes.
And, lo, Man and Woman went into cardiac arrest. God sighed....and created quadruple by-pass surgery.

And then...Satan chuckled and created HMO's and medical insurance.


From my friend, Jenn Celacks

Wickedly Yours,
Fran

Monday, February 06, 2006

Muppet Madness!

Who would have thunk it? I'm strangely proud.

You Are Animal

A complete lunatic, you're operating on 100% animal instincts.
You thrive on uncontrolled energy, and you're downright scary.
But you sure can beat a good drum.
"Kill! Kill!"


Thank you stegoking at LiveJournal!

Sunday, February 05, 2006

February Fresh Meat!





Yes, it's February already! But to make these dark days a little juicier, it's time for our readers to once again sink their teeth into some Fresh Meat from the shelves of The Horror Library. Peruse the menu of succulent offerings that await you. But remember - enter at your own risk!

Sit back, relax and let us tempt you with a few excerpts from February's Wicked Menu of HL Delights: THE MENU

Wickedly Yours,
Fran

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Barber Grooms Love of Books

"[Rueben Martinez] got the idea to open a bookstore inside his barbershop in 1993, after customers repeatedly borrowed his collection of 200 books...

"...Not long ago, Martinez got word by phone that he, along with 22 other Americans, would receive the celebrated [MacArthur Foundation] "genius grant," which amounts to a no-strings-attached gift of $500,000 over five years." --USA Today

I love this story. I hope you enjoy it, too. Nice to see some good news for a change. For more, check out PositivePress.com.

Wickedly Yours,
Fran

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

The Ecstatic Wife is Live!






The Ecstatic Wife is Live at The Horror Library!

Stop by for a Free read, and if you're hungry for more, check-out the Fresh Meat department. Lots of juicy fiction there to sate your hunger from my fellow Library dwellers.

Feel free to leave a comment right here at Yada to let me know what you think of "The Ecstatic Wife."

Wickedly yours,
Fran

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