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Did You Know #002 - Fun facts to help you score points

10 Jan 2020

Did You Know #002 - Fun facts to help you score points
For week of 10 - 14 Feb 2020

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and it’s only fitting that we look into some love and musical themes for this week’s clue-article! Saddle up, lovelies and let’s get quizzical!

Valentine’s Day is February 14th and its history differs from place to place. Either way you look at it, it is named after a Saint called Valentine. A popular belief about Saint Valentine is that he was a priest from Rome in the third century AD.  One story tells us that Emperor Claudius II had banned marriage because he thought married men were bad soldiers. Valentine felt this was unfair, so he broke the rules and arranged marriages in secret. When Claudius found out, Valentine was thrown in jail and sentenced to death. There, he fell in love with the jailer's daughter (Some stories go as far as to say that he cured her blindness) and when he was taken to be killed on 14 February he sent her a love letter signed "from your Valentine". The Feast of Saint Valentine was established by Pope Gelasius I in AD 496 to be celebrated on February 14 in honour of the Christian martyr, Saint Valentine of Rome, who died on that date in AD 269.

Other than seeing stuffed bears and heart shaped EVERYTHING in stores from early January, you would also be more likely to hear love songs playing all around you. A lot of love songs you hear nowadays were actually written about other celebrities. Examples are (But are in no way limited to):

·         Selena Gomez - 'Heart Wants What It Wants' (2014) was written about Justin Bieber.
·         One of Amy Winehouse's more light-hearted songs, 'Me and Mr Jones' (2006) was written by Amy about rapper Nas.
·         John Mayer - 'Your Body Is a Wonderland' (2001) was written about (and sometimes preformed with) Taylor Swift.

According to timeout.com the top love song ever is “God Only Knows” (1990) by the Beach Boys and billboard.com rates "Endless Love" (1981) Diana Ross & Lionel Richie as number 1.
Diana Ross (born March 26, 1944) was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She rose to fame as the lead singer of the vocal group the Supremes, who during the 1960s became Motown's most successful act.
The group released a record-setting twelve number one hit singles on the US Billboard Hot 100, including "Where Did Our Love Go" (1964), "Baby Love" (1964), "Come See About Me" (1964), "Stop! In the Name of Love" (1965), "You Can't Hurry Love" (1966), "You Keep Me Hangin' On" (1965) and "Love Child" (1968). She departed from the Supremes in 1970 and released her solo album the same year featuring the No. 1 Pop hit "Ain't No Mountain High Enough".
Ross was given credit for the discovery of the Jackson 5. Consequently; their debut album was titled Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5. It was actually Motown producer Bobby Taylor who discovered the Jacksons. Diana Ross was named one of the Five Mighty Pop Divas of the Sixties along with Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin, Martha Reeves, and Dionne Warwick.
Whatever you do this Valentine’s Day, just keep hanging on, Love Child! Coz ain’t no mountain high enough to stop us from quizzing!
-          Quiz Master Ildi