Thursday Thirteen #29

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  1. According to Brain Candy Holidays, 15% of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.
  2. In the United States, 64 percent of men do not make plans in advance for a romantic Valentine’s Day with their sweethearts.
  3. Chocolate manufacturers currently use 40 percent of the world’s almonds and 20 percent of the world’s peanuts
  4. Approximately 110 million roses, the majority red, will be sold and delivered within a three-day time period.
  5. About 3% of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.
  6. About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. That’s the largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, next to Christmas.
  7. Everything Valentine’s Day reports that The Duke of Orleans sent the oldest known Valentine in 1415 A.D. to his French wifen> while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London. It is still on display in a museum in England but another claim says the tradition goes back to a Christian martyr, St. Valentine, executed in Rome by Claudious II around 470 A.D. However, according to Wikipedia, the first recorded association of Valentine’s Day with romantic love is in a poem by Geoffrey Chaucer written in 1382.
  8. 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.
  9. Teachers will receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, and then, sweethearts.
  10. Chicago’s post office rejected more than 25,000 cards on the grounds that they were so indecent; they were not fit to be carried through the U.S.. mail. This was during the late 1800s, an era when racy valentine’s cards were very popular.
  11. According to the condom company Durex, condom sales are highest around Valentine’s Day which are 20 percent to 30 percent higher than usual.
  12. Hallmark employs an 80-person research staff to analyze the sales pattern of previous Valentine’s Day.
  13. 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.

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28 Comments

  1. Those are some interesting facts. I don’t think I could send myself flowers. But do occasionally buy some tulips or something come spring.

    Happy TT!!

  2. Those are some cool facts- thanks for posting them!

    Since mine is quirky confessions this week, I’ll share another- I bought myself flowers once! To make a guy jealous.

    Happy T13!

  3. Neat facts! I get my own flowers and usually on the day after Valentine’s Day..MORE flowers for my money!

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  4. Those are some pretty cool facts. Hope you have a wonderful Valentines Day!

  5. Great set of facts.
    Have a nice Valentine’s Day, hope things are starting to settle down.
    We made the decision not to buy this money pit, so we are looking for a new place to rent.

  6. Happy valentine’s day, my friend! I hope you have a wonderful day!

  7. No. 2 definitely explains No. 1!

  8. Interesting facts!!! I’m not going to send myself flowers tho. πŸ˜‰

    If you ever get a Mic,let me know, we could talk for free. That’s the cool thing.

    Much love my friend!!!! πŸ™‚

  9. When I came downstairs this morning my sweetie had a dozen roses waiting for me with a very sweet card. But, he also had a small arrangement of tulips and gerber daisies for the 13 year old since that’s his tradition to get both his girls flowers. I was thrilled, so was she. Each kid had a heart shaped box of candy too. He’s the rare romantic sometimes.

    Thanks for the factoids. And thanks for coming by my TT. Glad to see you are back around more frequently. I miss you when you aren’t around every day.

    Cindi
    =-)

  10. Yikes, that is a lot of bling-bling. Very commercial indeed. Have a great TT and Valentine’s Day. πŸ™‚

  11. 80 people to research a 1 week sales season…whew!!!
    Bottom line is that guys are not as romanticaly incline as women, so they don’t put a great deal of effort into the occassion unless pressured into it. Guys will spend more on anniversaries and Christmas than they will on Valentine’s Day.

  12. marmagoo

    Happy Valentine’s Day my friend!!

  13. Lovely 13 things you have there!

    Happy Valentine’s Day! Have a rose for you at my site… πŸ˜‰

  14. Those were very interesting! Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

  15. Neat! I like the one about wearing your heart on your sleeve.

    ♥ ♥ ♥ Happy Valentine’s Day! ♥ ♥ ♥

  16. Okay, the condom thing just cracked me up! And the thing with the Valentine’s to Juliet is funny. I wonder who they think is going to get them. πŸ˜€

  17. I bought myself a teddy bear today and hugged it….;-)
    Thanks for your visits. That was sweet of you.
    Peace

  18. #8 is quite interesting, there’s a novel in there somewhere. #10 just brings me comfort. Romance and responsibility should always go together.

    Happy Valentine’s Day

    ~X

  19. That’s an interesting list. #13 was the most interesting to me. Thanks for posting it.

  20. What a great list. I didn’t know half these facts.

  21. Great list. Very interesting! I bought myself chocolate and gave a gift to my son.

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  22. Cool list! Loved the condom one. heh heh. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  23. Cool stuff, Vixen! A lot of it was new to me.

    Speaking of me, I celebrated with… my book club. They made good Valentines, though.

  24. Fascinating. Maybe you can get a job with Hallmark!

    Thanks, I really enjoyed this list.

  25. Interesting facts! I like trivia like this!
    Thanks for visiting my poem TT.

  26. I’ve tagged you if you want to play along!

  27. Fun list! I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

  28. It all made me rather relieved that Nicholas and I decided years ago to ignore Valentine’s Day. I can’t decide whether sending yourself flowers is a brilliant gesture of self-affirmation or sad. Maybe it depends on context?

    A billion cards and HOW many condoms? Wow.

    Thanks so much for visiting mine and accept my apologies for this late note—things got crazy and I lost the plot.

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