V is for Venus

Speaking of which, author John Gray made a whole cottage industry of the notion that men are from Mars and women are from Venus.


Venus is a planet, the second one from our sun; it is roughly the same size as the Earth, with a diameter of 12,100km, about 1040km smaller in diameter than our planet. After the moon, it is generally the brightest object in the night sky.

The planet is named after a goddess, specifically the Roman goddess of love and beauty, who is the equivalent of the Greek goddess Aphrodite and whose myths are largely shared.

There are four songs that start with the word Venus that charted on the US pop charts between 1955 and 2000.
Venus by Frankie Avalon, which went to #1 in 1959. I did not know that a disco version of this same song by Avalon went to #46 in 1976.
Venus in Blue Jeans by Jimmy Clayton, which reached #7 in 1962.
Venus by Shocking Blue which went to #1 in 1970; the cover version by Bananarama also went to #1, in 1986.
Finally, Venus & Mars Rock Show by Wings – that would be one of Paul McCartney’s groups – went to #12 in 1975.

Speaking of Venus and Mars, author John Gray made a whole cottage industry of the notion that men are from Mars and women are from Venus. “John’s books have sold over 50 million copies in 50 different languages. His groundbreaking book…was the best-selling book of the 1990s. It launched his Mars Venus book series that forever changed the way men and women view their relationships.” (Feel free to discuss; I thought Gray’s message was a bit oversimplistic.)

Finally, there is the Venus flytrap. Antithetical to the goddess’ message of love, it is a carnivorous plant – see it in action! – which is native only in the Carolinas in the United States, though transplanted elsewhere around the world. Audrey II is a giant Venus flytrap that starred in various iterations of Little Shop of Horrors.

Oddly, there was a fictional radio disc jockey on the TV show called WKRP in Cincinnati with the pseudonym of Venus Flytrap, played by Tim Reid. Watch Venus Explains the Atom.

ABC Wednesday – Round 8

Author: Roger

I'm a librarian. I hear music, even when it's not being played. I used to work at a comic book store, and it still informs my life. I won once on JEOPARDY! - ditto.

35 thoughts on “V is for Venus”

  1. Fabulous…albeit a bit early…ABC Wednesday post! As a card-carrying Venutian (is that a word?), there is nothing simple about trying to figure out relationships! And I loved WKRP!

  2. Lisa- The adjective is Venusian. Posted early because I have a Flag Day post, though, in fact, it has little to do with the holiday.

  3. Great idea for V and ones I didn’t think of although I have photographs of venus flytrap. Maybe I’ll steal that idea for next go round.

  4. How interesting Roger! Everything in the universe is aweinspiring! I was always fond of the series of Star Trek even if they were science fiction.

  5. Loved that explaination of the atom by Venus. I hadn’t thought about WKRP in ages.
    Like Karen I will probably have the song Venus rolling around in my brain all day!

  6. You always cover all the bases of your ABC Wednesday word, Rog. Fun to hear all the Venus songs again and remember with pleasure the WKPR gang and Venus Flytrap.

    HelenMac,
    ABC Wednesday Team

  7. I loved WKRP, and certainly remember remember Tim Reid in the role of Venus Flytrap!
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

  8. Oh my! thanks for the memories of watching every episode of WKRP. Venus & Johnny Fever :O) Tim Reid started out in standup on the Chicago southside so thanks for that reminder of my old stomping grounds too.
    Great post!!

  9. What a variety for Venus! I was expecting the planet – but you gave some great other choices as well!

  10. You’ve covered all the bases, the eras in song, and deep time in the planet. I suspect I’ll be singing Bananarama the rest of the evening.

  11. I started reading Men are form Mars and Women are from Venus and found myself nodding to the first few chapters but later on fond it tedious. I began to nod off!

  12. Been teaching Space this term. May be you should send Venus to my country. We need lots of love with the earthquake and the volcanic ash.

  13. Such an informative choice of V Roger. I also love the name Venus. Thanks a lot for the visit and comments.

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