Let me count the ways

February 08, 1996|By HEATHER HAY | HEATHER HAY,GASTON GAZETTE

Here are some bon-bons of Valentine trivia for your heart-shaped box:

Romantic deities

Who are the most romantic men and women in America? According to the Harlequin Romance Report, these are the top 20:

The men:

1. Brad Pitt

2. Daniel Day Lewis

3. Kenneth Branagh

4. Kevin Costner

5. Hugh Grant

6. Liam Neeson

7. Ralph Fiennes

8. Mel Gibson

9. Tom Cruise

10. David Caruso

The women:

1. Emma Thompson

2. Meg Ryan

3. Andie MacDowell

4. Michelle Pfeiffer

5. Annette Bening

6. Janine Turner

7. Helena Bonham Carter

8. Meryl Streep

9. Heather Locklear

10. Whitney Houston

Great getaways

Where do travel agents take their mates for romantic getaways? One hundred travel agents offered these top 10 choices:

1. Hotel Bora Bora, Tahiti

2. Sandals, St. Lucia

3. Enchanted Gardens, Jamaica

4. Sandals Dunn's River, Jamaica

5. Ciboney Resort, Jamaica

6. Caneel Bay Resort, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

7. Cap Juluca, Anguilla

8. Hyatt Regency Maui, Hawaii

9. Hyatt Regency Kauai, Hawaii

10. Sandals Montego Bay, Jamaica

Top 10 love duets

Want to set the mood? One hundred disc jockeys offered these seductive selections:

1. "Endless Love," Luther Vandross and Mariah Carey

2. "Unforgettable," Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole

3. "When I Fall in Love," Celine Dion and Clive Griffin

4. "Up Where We Belong," Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes

5. "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond

6. "Don't Know Much," Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt

7. "Somewhere Out There," Linda Ronstadt and Jeffrey Osborne

8. "Ain't No Mountain," Ashford and Simpson

9. "The Time of My Life," Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes

10. "I Got You Babe," Sonny and Cher

Source: Harlequin Romance Report

What, no date?

If you find yourself dateless for Valentine's Day, don't just sit there blubbering. Get off your duff and go meet people. Try one of these top 10 places to meet someone new:

1. Bars

2. Singles dances/parties/vacations

3. Dating services and personal ads

4. Bookstores/cafes

5. At work

6. Classes

7. Weddings and engagement parties

8. Churches and synagogues

9. Concerts

10. Outdoor activities

Source: "How To Start a Romantic Encounter," by Larry Glanz and Robert H. Phillips

In the beginning

Valentine's Day began in the 5th century A.D., when the Catholic church sought to replace a pagan god of lovers with a Christian patron saint of lovers, St. Valentine. Valentine had been martyred some two centuries before by the Roman Emperor Claudius because he continued to marry lovers in secret, although it was forbidden by law.

'Be Mine'

Enough conversation hearts (printed with messages such as: Love ya, Soon, Kiss Me) will be consumed this Valentine's Day to fill the Empire State Building almost twice.

Movies for sweethearts

1. "Breakfast at Tiffany's"

2. "Roxanne"

3. "Casablanca"

4. "When Harry Met Sally"

5. "Moonstruck"

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