Love – a wildly misunderstood although highly desirable malfunction of the heart which weakens the brain, causes eyes to sparkle, cheeks to glow, blood pressure to rise and the lips to pucker.  ~Author Unknown

Presently, there are three things I know about Valentine’s Day –

It’s celebrated worldwide on February 14.

It’s a day when more people are comfortable showing  feelings of love, affection, appreciation, and friendship.

Cupid is the icon that represents Valentine’s Day.

Since this is the age of easy access to information, I decided to search the internet for some unusual facts and trivia about Valentine’s Day.

The history of Valentine’s Day

According to http://www.history.com there are several legends surrounding the history of Valentine’s Day.

One of the legends states that around 270 AD, Roman Emperor Claudius 11, outlawed marriage for young men because he concluded that single men made better soldiers than married men.

Valentine was a priest who did not agree with the Emperor and continued in secret to perform marriages for young couples. He was imprisoned and sentenced to death after his illegal action was discovered. Before his death he sent the first Valentine (a love letter) to a girl he fell in love with while in prison.

The note was signed “your Valentine.”

Read more about the legends here

Candy

 Valentine’s candy at AllPosters

Valentine’s Day Candy Hearts. 8 billion of these candy pieces will be manufactured this year. This candy got there start around the time of the Civil War. They were originally called Cockles.  Read more here

Chocolate

Pass the Chocolate. There’s a reason why women love chocolates, it’s in the cellular memory. In the 1800’s doctors advised their heart-broken patients to eat chocolate to ease their pain.

More Cadbury please. The first Valentine’s Day box of chocolates was introduced by Richard Cadbury, son of John Cadbury, the founder of Cadbury’s cocoa and chocolate company, in 1868.

Cassanova the “greatest lover of all times” ate chocolate for his virility.

I can’t believe I ate the whole thing.  35 million heart shaped boxes of chocolate and 58 million pounds of chocolate are sold between February 1 and February 14.

That’s a lot of chocolate. Pass me a box please!

Chocolate is not sexist – In Japan, something got lost in the translation, men receive more Valentine’s chocolate than women.

Valentine’s Day Cards

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The Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately one billion valentine cards are sent world-wide each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year behind Christmas.

145 million Valentine’s Day card are sent each year in the U.S.A.

Unbelievable! Every Valentine’s Day, approximately 1000 letters addressed to Juliet, are sent to the city of Verona, home to Shakespeare’s lovers Romeo and Juliet.

Teachers Rock! Teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards each year.

Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all Valentine’s Day cards.

Gift Giving

Men purchase more gifts than women.

Americans probably began exchanging hand-made Valentines in the early 1700s.

My pet is my family. Pet owners spend $367 Million each year on their pets for Valentine’s Day.

Miscellaneous Trivia

California produces 60 percent of American roses, however, the 189 Million stems sold in the U.S.A on Valentine’s Day are imported.

Have you done this? 15 percent of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.

To wear your heart on your sleeve – this expression originated in the Middle Ages. Young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They pinned the name to their sleeves and wore it for one week.

Bizarre indeed! In medieval times girls ate bizarre foods on Valentine’s Day because they believed it would trigger a dream of a future husband.

X  means Kiss It’s believed, the X as the symbol of a kiss got its origins in medieval times. Those who couldn’t write their names signed their names with an X in front of a witness. They, then, puckered up and kissed the X to show they were trustworthy.

It’s a wrap

There are so many facts and trivia about Valentine’s Day. Whether you celebrate Valentine’s day or not, I’m sure you’ll agree that LOVE  is one of the most important ingredient  for living a healthy, happy, productive and successful life.

If you’ve become addicted to Valentine’s trivia and facts there’s a list of resources below to satisfy your needs.  Enjoy!

Resources

sheknows.com

factspy.net

yahoovoices.com

yourtango.com

Your turn

What facts or trivia do you know about Valentine’s Day?  What is the most treasured gift you’ve ever received on this day?

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