Top 15 Weird & Wonderful Valentine’s Day facts

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we thought we’d pull together some interesting, fun and downright strange facts about the day of love! Whether you hate the sight of fluffy teddies bearing chocolates or think that it is the perfect occasion to shower a loved on with gifts, here are our top 15 facts:

Across the world, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine’s Day each year. Right, where is our large bunch?

In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card.

Single but have a loyal fluffy friend? Based on retail statistics, apparently three per cent of pet owners will buy their animals gifts for Valentine’s Day.

yeah right....

(yeah right)

Or you could pop over to over to Finland where Valentine’s Day is called Ystävänpäivä, which translates into ‘Friend’s Day’. It’s more about remembering your buddies than your loved ones.

On Valentine’s Day 2010, 39,897 people in Mexico City broke the record for the world’s largest group kiss.

The condom company Durex reports that condom sales are 20 to 30 per cent higher around Valentine’s Day.

In the 1800s doctors commonly advised their patients to eat chocolate to calm their pining for lost love. Good idea, we think!

The colour red is the symbol of Valentine’s Day because red is the colour of blood. It was once believed that the heart was the part of the body that the feeling of love came from.

Women purchase 85 per cent of all Valentine’s Day gifts.

Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800s.

There is, on average, 220,000 wedding proposals on Valentine’s Day each year.

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

In the medieval times on Valentine’s Day, girls used to eat certain special foods to dream of their future spouse.

Red roses are considered the flower of love because juggling the letters of the word ‘rose’ would result in ‘EROS’, who is the God of Love.

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