#1 – The average man spends approximately $130 on Valentine’s Day every year. Women, however…on average, only spend $70! HEY! That’s not fair! Hehehe, we like candy and stuff too, ya know?

#2 – Did you know that the LGBTQ community once had (and still has) it’s own language? It’s called ‘Polari’, and it has been around since the early 1900’s. This heavy slang was created to disguise open conversations of a homosexual nature in public, because if anyone listening found out that you were gay…you could be put in prison for it. Today, a lot of the slang terms have worked their way into mainstream culture. (Butch, Camp, Fish, etc) Yaaassss Queen!!! 😛

#3 – There are many conservative schools that have banned Shakespeare’s classic novel, “Romeo And Juliet”…because both characters are only 14 years old, fall in love, and actually have sex without being married. Gasp…the nerve of those two lovebirds! Hehehe!

#4 – Even though Hugo Weaving (The Matrix, Lord Of The Rings, V For Vendetta) played the Marvel villain ‘Red Skull’ in the original “Captain America” movie…he did not reprise his role in the last two “Avengers” movies. Instead, the role was played by actor, Ross Marquand…who played the first openly gay character on the TV series, “The Walking Dead”.

#5 – A ten-year-old mattress weighs double what it did when it was new due to debris that it absorbs over time. That debris includes dust mites (their droppings and decaying bodies), mold, millions of dead skin cells, dandruff, animal and human hair, secretions, excretions, lint, pollen, dust, soil, sand, and a lot of perspiration, which the average person loses at a rate of a quart a day. Good night! Sleep well! Hehehe!

#6 – Valentine’s Day is the second highest card giving holiday in the world….right behind Christmas!

#7 – The symbol for the planet, Mercury, represents both the male and female principles working in harmony with one another, and is often used to represent members of the transgendered community. In the mythology, the god Mercury also had a child named Hermaphroditus, who was born with both male and female sex organs.

#8 – The Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop was founded in 1967 in New York City and was the first gay bookstore in the world.

#9 – In many Native American traditions and cultures, same sex attractions were referred to as being ‘Two-Spirited’. An ideology that honored and praised the relationship as two souls that demanded to be together despite their gender. Tribes considered the unions as being blessed.

#10 – If you have been reading many of the series on the Shack Out Back website…you may see a bunch of previously unrelated stories that all take place on the same rainy night, and they all involve a brief cameo from a young, red haired, boy on a bicycle. Every time the boy shows up, it acts as a catalyst for something big to happen between two of the main characters in the story. Something ‘romantic’. That wasn’t an accident. He’s a representation of the characters’ emotions spinning out of control. Basically, the boy…is ‘cupid’. And he’s responsible for getting many of your favorite couples together if you look back at those chapters. 🙂

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