Astronauts Mark Lee and Jan Davis married in secret 9 months before their joint flight to the ISS and didn’t tell NASA until it was too late to train replacements. They are the only married couple to have ever flown in space together.
The “Herbivore Men” of Japan are the men who have basically given up on marriage and love. They often can’t afford it, and they don’t want to work to death to raise a family, instead they have hobbies or anime or the internet to fill up their time.
Muammar Qaddafi had a crush on Condoleezza Rice. Sometimes referring to her as his ‘African princess’, he had a Libyan composer write a song called ‘Black Flower in the White House,’ and had a homemade scrapbook filled with photos of the former U.S. secretary of state.
In the Middle Ages, being lovesick was a considered real disease, caused by humoral imbalance, and treated by exposure to light, gardens, calm and rest, inhalations, and warm baths, as well as with a diet of lamb, lettuce, eggs, fish, and ripe fruit.
In 2012 a 22-year-old man on a business trip sent a wrong-number text to a woman 30 years older; she replied that she’d like to hang out anyway. They went to a concert together, started dating, got married, and in 2019 she needed a kidney transplant and he donated his kidney to her.
In 2014, an Arizona man escaped prison to meet with his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day. The man crawled past razor wire, scaled two fences and made his way to a bar about 10 miles away.
Jonathan Reed loved his wife so much that when she died, he moved into her tomb. He decorated it like a home and even brought their parrot to live with them. “My only pleasure is to sit here with all that is left of her.”
In Japan male students can confess their love to another person by giving them the second button from the top of their school uniform. The second button is the one closest to the heart.
According to psychologist Arthur Aron, there are 36 questions that could lead to love. Each question is more probing than the previous one and leads to a mutual vulnerability that fosters closeness. The final exercise is to stare into each other’s eyes for 4 minutes.
A man named Gary Richmond fell into a coma and woke up with amnesia, he couldn’t remember his wife he had been married to for 26 years. He ended up falling in love with her over again.