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2006年NPR美国国家公共电台二月-It's Valentine's Day. How About a Furnace

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This is Valentine’s Day and this morning, we have a few words about love and money. According to research from a major credit card company, the average man spends about $130 on his sweetheart.

Women, spend about half that. For people who want to spend more, they are,of course, the usual luxury items, and, Steve, you can never go around with diamonds.

Oh, thanks for the suggestion. But the gifts I was wondering about are the ones that do not seem like Valentine gifts at all. We've been looking at ads this week and how about this? A new furnace with a free digital thermostat1. It's listed on the website under the heading "great Valentine gift ideas".

Maybe the important thing about this is that the woman in that ad is wearing a devil-may-care tank top. Well, of course she does get a new furnace.

For $400 less, you could have bought her a cashmere sweater.

Heat is apparently2 a big item this year. One store ran an ad. with Cupid sitting on top of a propane fireplace. The ad. promises that it can be installed by Valentine’s Day.

But even with a 20% discount on logs, we are not convinced this is the proper way to say 'I love you. '
Maybe it's something about the word-propane.
Maybe, we also saw a blushing pink ad for high-speed internet service. "Show each other how much you care." it says.

And the woman in that ad is reclining seductively on the couch, not with her lover, but with her laptop. Her head is arched back and she looks ecstatic.

For just $19.99 a month, for three months.

Here is another one. Ad. copy that says "renew the one you love". It’s for a beauty saloon and it offers, among other things, laser hair removal. Steve, can we stop a moment here and can I say to you and to all the men who are listening out there: do not get any woman you love laser hair removal as a Valentine's present, your day will end badly.

And with that, let's just say here's to love and to commerce. Happy Valentine's Day.

This is morning edition for NPR News,I'm Steven Rosenfeld. And I'm R M .



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1 thermostat PGhyb     
n.恒温器
参考例句:
  • The thermostat is connected by a link to the carburetor.恒温控制器是由一根连杆与汽化器相连的。
  • The temperature is controlled by electronic thermostat with high accuracy.电子恒温器,准确性高。
2 apparently tMmyQ     
adv.显然地;表面上,似乎
参考例句:
  • An apparently blind alley leads suddenly into an open space.山穷水尽,豁然开朗。
  • He was apparently much surprised at the news.他对那个消息显然感到十分惊异。
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