Happy Valentines Day

February 14?

It can only
mean one
thing :

It’s Valentines
Day again.

!! YAY !!

Man,
I love the
whole V-D thing.

but, it’s hard to
come up with a
way of celebrating
it here on the
Muscleheaded Blog
that we haven’t
already done….

If you don’t believe me,
check out our previous
Valentines Day posts
like this, or this one,
and you’ll see what
I mean.

I thought for a
mo or two
that I’d milked that
particular cow dry,
but then, I thought
to commemorate
the day by looking
some very cool
vintage posters that
were used to advertiseneckers
Mutoscope Company
and Exhibit Supply
cards dealing with
romantic subjects
during the 1940’s.

These were usually
cartoons or gag cards
that were found in
arcade dispensing
machines –

— you just put a
penny in the slot,
and you got one,
or you could buy
them by the set.

And as you can see,
there were a large
variety of themes
to choose from…..

Unfortunately,
not as many of the
individual cards have
survived the years as
one would one like —
but the posters have
done much better.

It might seem a
bit strange to us
today, but these
things were very
popular with
Servicemen during
World War II –

– and there was a
brisk business for
them, especially
the more risque
sets.

But collecting em
was one thing for
a sailor or soldier
in the barracks or
his sea bag —

– and another having
them around the
house at home after
the war, which I guess
goes far to explain
their relative rarity
today.

!!! HOY !!!

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Love’s First Sight

“When I saw you
I fell in love,
and you smiled
because you knew.”

Yes,
I wonder…..

Is ‘ Love At
First Sight ‘
a real possibility?

Or is it just
the stuff of
sonnets,
soulful songs,
and soapy
advertising?

That whole
just one look
deal.

It does seem
that just about
everybody has
weighed in on
the subject at one
time or another …….

A recent survey
found that 2 out
of 3 Americans
believed it was
possible –

and 1 out of 3
claims to have
actually experienced
it.

The Old Test talks of
Isaac’s first loving
glimpse of Rebekah —

And of course,
there’s Jacob
and Rachel….

The ancient Greeks
called their perspective
on it “theia mania” –
– a form of love
madness that was
sent by the gods.

Classic literature
just abounds
with references
to it —

— that’s even how
Narcissus fell in love
with himself.

And Plato, in
his Symposium,
while explaining
Aristophanes ideas,
wrote that it
happened almost
spontaneously when,
after a complicated
cosmic process of
separating all humans
into individual males
and females, the two
halves somehow found
each other again.

That’s taking the
idea of soul mates
to a whole
new level,
right ?

It was a favorite theme
for the early medieval
love poetry of the
Troubadours, especially
the concept of the
‘Love Dart’ that emanated
from a special lady’s
eyes.

This affection for the
idea carried right along
through the eras of
Dante, Shakespeare,
and Victor Hugo –

— up into our current
time, where there’s been
so many books written
on the subject it’d be
impossible to list them
all.

Movies
and
Music ?

Oh man,
don’t get
me started.

Mozart’s
“Magic Flute”,

The Beatles’
“With A Little
Help From My
Friends ” ,

“Some Enchanted
Evening”
from “South Pacific “,

” Maria
from
“West Side Story” ,

And that list would
go on and on,
and on…..

Talk about a current
reference …..

Did you know Homer
and Marge fell in love
at first sight , too ?

Yep.

Some writers suggest
that there are physical
signs to warn you when
it’s happening to you —

Those include :

widening of the eyes,
sweating of the scalp,
palpitating of the pulse,
butterflies in the tummy,
and a dreamy quality in
your interaction.

But, that all happens
to me when I order
Buffalo chicken wings —

So, my advice would be
to use your own
judgement.

If you have any left,
after her love darts
have their way with
you.

Good luck
with that.

!!! HOY !!!

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