Just for Fun: Valentine Factoids

by Karen on February 10, 2015

We just ordered and delivered several boxes of chocolates (and yes, we knew what we were gonna get!) for a client.  If you have a last minute Valentine to take (good) care of, call us.  We can get the gift done!  In the spirit of the day, we thought we’d share some fun facts about Valentine’s.  Give you something to talk about over that romantic dinner!  Or in front of the TV if you’re long married parents like most of us at ASM!

Valentines cupidsMore than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold for Valentine’s Day each year.

On average, men shell out $130 each on candy, cards, jewelry, flowers and dates. That’s more than double what women commit to spending.

Women purchase 85% of all valentines. We just spend less – thrifty!

About 8 billion candy hearts will be produced this year; that’s enough candy to stretch from Rome, Italy to Valentine, Arizona 20 times and back again.

About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged in US each year. That’s the largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, next to Christmas.

Worldwide, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine’s Day each year.

In order of popularity, Valentine’s Day cards are given to teachers, children, mothers, wives, sweethearts and pets.

73% of people who buy flowers for Valentine’s Day are men.

Valentines butterfly

In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.

The Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare’s lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet every Valentine’s Day.

Valentines dovesRichard Cadbury invented the first Valentines Day candy box in the late 1800s.  We thank him….

Alexander Graham Bell applied for his patent on the telephone, an “Improvement in Telegraphy”, on Valentine’s Day, 1876.

The oldest surviving love poem till date is written in a clay tablet from the times of the Sumerians around 3500 BC.

In Medieval times, girls ate unusual foods on St Valentine’s Day to make them dream of their future husband.

These fun facts are brought to you courtesy of www.stvalentinesday.org.

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