Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day

Well, happy Valentine's Day everybody.  A few interesting tidbits about V-day:

  • Valentine's Day is also the feast of St. Valentine, who, according to Catholic legend, was imprisoned for wedding soldiers who were forbidden from marriage during the 3rd century in ancient Rome.  Coincidentally, there are 8 other 'St. Valentines', including one woman, spanning from the 3rd century to modern day.  Most were hermits...
  • St. Cyril also died today
  • 73% of flower buyers are men.
  • Cupid is Venus' son.
  • The oldest surviving love poem is from 3500 BCE
  • 141 million V-day cards are exchanged today.
  • Over $1 billion in chocolate is purchased for Valentines day
  • 189 million stems of roses will be sold today
  • On average, there are 220,000 proposals on Valentine's day
  • The LDS (Mormon) movement began in Ohio
  • Congress approved use of the first voting machine 1899.
Enjoy your cheap Valentine's day chocolate tomorrow!

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