WEDNESDAY JUNE 28, 2017
 
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FIVE GREAT ROMANTICS
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TORO has been covering the beautiful and talented women of the world for years. For all the guys who feel left out, we celebrate all that can be done by the stronger, dumber sex.

SHAH JAHAN, AWESOME GRAVE BUILDER

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Shah Jahan ruled the South Asian Mughal Empire for 30 years (1628 - 1658). Few would remember him today if he hadn’t constructed India’s Taj Mahal as a posthumous romantic gesture to his late spouse Mumtaz Mahal. She was by most accounts a confidante and advisor, as well as a wife, which Jahan commemorated by building her the world’s most beautiful place to be dead in. We’re sure she appreciated it.

BEETHOVEN, 19TH-CENTURY POP STAR

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From “Layla” to “Lola,” pop music is littered with classic songs written for rocker girlfriends. One of the most famous was composed by Beethoven; he penned “Piano Sonato No. 14” (later retitled “Moonlight Sonata”) for his rumoured mistress and student Giulietta Guicciardi. While she was only 17 at the time of their meeting, he wasn't robbing the cradle - at the ripe old age of 29 Beethoven was already encroaching on his era's life expectancy.  

RICHARD BURTON, DIAMOND FREAK

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The Hollywood romance between actors Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor was on and off again more than the village light switch. At the peak of their constantly dying love was the famous “Taylor-Burton Diamond,” a shiny bauble that cost him (adjusted for inflation) an incredible $8 million. It was the most extravagant waste of money associated with the Burton name since Liz & Dick cost the Lifetime network $838 and a week of Lindsay Lohan’s valuable time.

JOHN JOHNSTON, OCD FLOWER-GIVER

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Here’s a heart-warming urban legend, first printed in Redbook magazine, that has been making the internet rounds every Valentine’s Day: apparently one John Johnston (of Johnstown in the great state of Johnnyland) sent his wife Sue a bouquet of roses every February 14. Ten months after his death she was shocked to find another bouquet arriving on schedule - John had prepaid for years of bouquets to be delivered to Sue well after his passing! The cable bill, however, was now her own damn problem.

CHARLES, DUKE OF ORLEANS / INVENTOR OF THE VALENTINE

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Much like Easter’s chocolate rabbit eggs and virtually everything non-secular about Christmas, Valentine’s Day traditions grew from many different sources cobbled together to form a “holiday.” One of those - the short romantic poem / phrase delivered to a loved one - is credited to the medieval poet Charles, Duke of Orleans. While imprisoned in the Tower of London he composed “A Farewell to Love” to his wife, which contained the lines “I am already sick of love / My very gentle Valentine / Since for me you were born too soon / And I for you was born too late.” It sure beat his first draft: “Violets are blue / roses are red / I’m locked in this tower / and soon I’ll be dead.”

Related >> TORO's Valentine's Day Gift Guide

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