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Love Facts

To remain in love for a lifetime, therapists advise couples to listen actively to your partner, ask questions, give answers, appreciate, stay attractive, grow intellectually, include your partner, give him/her privacy, be honest and trustworthy, tell you mate what you need, accept his/her shortcomings, give respect, never threaten to leave, say “no” to adultery, don’t assume the relationship will last forever, and cultivate variety.

Scientists suggest that merely staring into another person’s eyes is a strong precursor to love. In an experiment, strangers of the opposite sex were put in a room together for 90 minutes where they talked about intimate details and then stared into each other’s eyes without talking. Many felt a deep attraction for each other, and two married each other six months later.


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Here’s some more interesting information that I came across while researching love:

Brains in love and brains in lust are not identical. Erotic photos activate the hypothalamus (which controls hunger and thirst) and the amygdala (arousal) areas of the brain. Love activates areas of the brain with a high concentration of receptors for dopamine (associated with Euphoria, craving, and addiction) and its relative, norepinephrine.

I’m researching facts about love for my sixth novel, Sue’s Rapture, and have come across some fascinating information. For example: When a person falls in love, the ventral tegmental area of the brain floods the caudete nucleus  with dopamine. The caudete then signals for more dopamine; the more dopamine, the higher the parson feels. The same system becomes activated when someone takes cocaine.

I’m learning new things every day about wine while researching for the book I’m working on called Uncorked. Here are a few examples:

A “dunb” wine refers to the lack of odor in a wine, though it may develop a pleasing odor in the future. Many Cabernet’Sauvignons, for example, are considered “dunb”. A “Numb ” wine ,on the other hand, has no odor or potential of developing a pleasing odor in the future.

European wines are named after their geogrpahic locations while non-European wines are named after different grape varities.

A feminine wine is wine that is more delicate than most. A masculine wine refers to a “big” or “full” wine.


I’m about one quarter of the way throough writing my fourth novel called, Uncorked. I am researching every day about the wine business, and am coming across all kinds of wine facts. For example:

One acre of an established vineyard averages:

4-5 tons of grapes, which is 10,000 pounds

13.51 barrels of wine

797 gallons of wine

3,958 bottles of wine

15,940 glasses of wine

One barrel of wine contains:

740 pounds of grapes

59 gallons of wine

24.6 cases of wine

295 bottles of wine

1,180 glasses of wine

Here are some more interesting facts about wine that I came acroos while researching for Uncorked:

Red wines are red because fermentation extracts color from the grape skins. White wines are not fermented with the skins present.

In the whole of the Biblical Old Testament, only the Book of Jonah has no reference to the vine or wine.

Early Roman women were forbidden to drink wine, and a husband who found his wife drinking was at libety to kill her. Divorce on the same grounds was las recorded in Rome in 194 B.C.


Here are some more interesting wine facts that I came across while researching for my novel Uncorked:

Since wine tasting is essentially smelling, women tend to be better wine testers because women, particularly of reproductive ages, have a better sense of smell than men.

In ancient Greece, a dinner host would take the first sip of wine to assure guests the wine was not poisoned, hence the phrase “drinking to one’s health.”

“Toasting started in ancient Rome when the Romans continued the Greek tradition but started dropping a piece of toasted bread into each wine glass to temper undesirable tastes of excessive acidity.


Every day, while doing research for my books, I come across all kinds of interesting information. I thought that it would be fun to share this information with you. I hope that you find it interesting as well.

I am currently working on my fourth novel, called Uncorked. it is naturally about the wine business. Her are a few fun wine facts:

The smell of young wine is called an “aroma” while a more mature wine offers a more subtle Bouquet.”

A “cork-tease” is someone who constantly talks about the wine he or she will open but never does.

An Italian study argies that women who drink two glasses of wine a day have better sex than those who don’t drink at all.