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Briefs: Send us 1913 flood memories; tips on languages of love

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 12:01 am

Remember the Flood of 1913?

This March marks the 100th anniversary of the Flood of 1913, which swamped Fort Wayne and much of the Midwest, leaving hundreds dead nationally and massive damage.

Do you have any stories, photos or artifacts relating to a family member who was affected by the flood or came to the aid of others impacted by it?

Share your story by sending it to us in 200 words or less, along with any photos, by March 1 to features@ news-sentinel.com, with Flood of 1913 submissions in the subject line. You also can mail your story to The News-Sentinel, C/O Sheryl Krieg, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802. Include your name and phone number so we can verify the information. By sending photos, you give us permission to archive them for future use.

For any questions, please call 461-8290.

Languages of love

Remember, Valentine's Day is Thursday.

One survey says you can skip the flowers, chocolate or fancy dinner. All you may have to do to get the romantic fire roaring is lay a few words on your beloved in French, Italian or Spanish.

The finding is from an international survey of more than 5,000 men and women — 1,300 of whom were Americans — commissioned by Rocket Languages, an online language learning company, a news release said. Survey participants had attempted or completed at least one online language-learning course.

Survey results reportedly showed, if you speak a different language, 79 percent of people find you more attractive and 77 percent rate you as more intelligent, the news release said.

The hottest languages, according to respondents? In order, French, 41 percent; Italian, 16 percent; Spanish, 15 percent; and English, 10 percent.

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Rocket Languages offered these pick-up lines, which were voted the top choices by survey respondents:

•“Where have you been all my life?”: In French, “Où as-tu été toute ma vie?”

•“Can I get you a drink?”: In Italian, “Ti posso offrire da bere?”

•“I lost my phone number. Can I have yours?”: In Spanish, “¿Perdí mi número de teléfono, me podrías dar el tuyo?”

Tutorials on how to say the lines are at www.rocketlanguages.com/valentines-day.