A Connecticut website dedicated to the spreading of anonymous love letters said some 5,500 handwritten love notes have been distributed around the world. Hannah Brencher, creator of the World Needs More Love Letters project at moreloveletters.com, said the handwritten notes have been left in public places in locations as far away as Australia and Brazil. Brencher, who started the project after writing a letter to cheer up a downtrodden woman she spotted on a train, said the letters are aimed at brightening the lives of whoever happens upon them. She said the letters, which bear the name of the website so the finders can post about them on the site, have been left in locations including coffee shops, library books, coat pockets and bathrooms.
POUR ILLUSRER LE PAPIER : DES LETTRES D'AMOUR INEDITES D'EDITH PIAF VENDUES 67.000 EUROS AUX ENCHERES" - Picture taken on May 29, 2009 at Christie's auction house in Paris of love letters of French singing legend Edith Piaf seen to being auctionned off on June 25, 2009. Piaf, known for her legion of doomed romances, adressed these letters between 1951 and 1952 to cycling champion Louis Gerardin (1912-1982). The sales reached 67,000 euros. AFP PHOTO STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)