Our HVAC business is to warm your hands (and heat your homes), as well as your hearts this Valentine’s Day 2016.
There never seems to be a shortage of new fun facts relating to holidays, and we’ve come up with some Valentine’s trivia you may have missed:
“I don’t understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine’s Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon.” Anonymous
- In 1913, Hallmark produced its first Valentine Card.
- Teachers will receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, sweethearts and pets.
- More than 50% of all cards are purchased within 6 days prior to February 14.
- About one billion cards are exchanged each year, making this the second largest holiday card of the year.
- In Victorian times, it was considered bad luck to sign your name on a Valentine’s Day card.
- The oldest surviving Valentine’s Card dates from 1415, a poem written by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife. At the time, the duke was being held in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt.
- 189 million stems of roses are sold in the U.S. on Valentine’s Day.
- 15 percent of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day!
- Want to pay more? Valentine’s rose prices increase by 30%. The average year-round cost is $58 for a dozen long-stemmed roses. For Valentine’s you’ll pay about $75.
- Physicians of the 1800s commonly advised their patients to eat chocolate to calm their pining for a lost love.
- Over $1 billion worth of chocolate is purchased for Valentine’s Day in the U.S.
- More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolates will be sold.
- Richard Cadbury produced the first box of Valentine’s chocolates in the late 1800s.
- Over nine million lucky pets will receive a Valentine gift from their adoring owners.
- The average American will spend $119.67 on Valentine’s Day this year. Will you?
- Letters to Juliet still arrive every year in the Italian city of Verona, where the Shakespeare lovers Romeo and Juliet lived. These often exceed 1,000 letters. What about Romeo?
- About 220,000 wedding proposals take place on February 14, not to mention the weddings.
- Women purchase about 85% of all Valentine’s gifts. Men take heed.
- Do you ‘wear your heart on your sleeve’? In the middle ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They wore the name pinned to their sleeve for one week for all to see. Thus originated the expression.
- Girls of medieval times ate weird foods on Valentine’s Day thinking this would make them dream of their future spouse. Scary thought.
- If you’re single, don’t despair! February 14 is officially Singles Awareness Day (SAD). According to Wikipedia, Singles Awareness (or Appreciation) Day is a rather facetious holiday. It serves as an alternative to Valentine’s Day…single people gather to celebrate, or to commiserate, their single status…some activities include singles events, traveling, volunteering, treating oneself to gifts. The color for SAD is green in opposition to red.
Famous Valentine’s Weddings and Birthdays
Married: Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid, Jerry Garcia and Deborah Koons, Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee, The Captain and Tennille, Salma Hayek and Francois-Henri Pinault
Birthday: Jack Benny 1894, Jimmy Hoffa 1913, Hugh Downs 1921, Florence Henderson, Gregory Hines, Rob Thomas, The State of Oregon, The State of Arizona
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