Valentine’s Day is right around the corner so we thought we would give you some fun facts about this loving holiday!
  1. It is considered lucky to be awoken by a kiss on Valentine’s Day.
  2. In the Middle Ages young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their Valentine would be. They would wear the name of their Valentine pinned on their sleeves for one week to show other their true feelings. This was known as “wearing your heart on your sleeve”.
  3. 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.
  4. Alexander Graham Bell applied for his patent on the telephone on Valentine’s Day in 1876.
  5. In 2009, consumers spent $14.7 billion dollars on Valentine’s Day.
  6. 75% of men state they plan ahead for Valentine’s Day although many don’t make their final purchases until the last few days.
  7. 46% of Americans exchange Valentine’s Day candy.
  8. Richard Cadbury, as-in Cadbury cream egg, invented the first box of Valentine’s Day themed chocolates in the 1880s.
  9. Valentine candy “conversation hearts” have a shelf life of five years.
  10. Worldwide, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine’s Day every year.
  11. 73% of people who buy flowers for Valentine’s Day are men while only 27% are women.
  12. About 3% of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.
  13. 33% of Valentine’s Day cards will come with a gift.
  14. The first commercial Valentine’s Day greeting cards produced in the U.S. were created in the 1840s by Esther A. Howland.

Don’t forget to check out our Trivia Challenge – Valentine’s Edition for a chance to win a $50 Gift Card or $250 in cash!


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