Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Some Valentine's Facts

3% of people who buy flowers for Valentine's Day are men, while only 27 percent are women.

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.

About 3% of pet owners will give Valentine's Day gifts to their pets.

Alexander Graham Bell applied for his patent on the telephone, an "Improvement in Telegraphy", on Valentine's Day, 1876.

California produces 60 percent of American roses, but the vast number sold on Valentine's Day in the United States are imported, mostly from South America. Approximately 110 million roses, the majority red, will be sold and delivered within a three-day time period.

Cupid, another symbol of Valentines Day, became associated with it because he was the son of Venus, the Roman god of love and beauty. Cupid often appears on Valentine cards holding a bow and arrows because he is believed to use magical arrows to inspire feelings of love.

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.


  1. Anonymous10:10 AM

    "3% of people who buy flowers for Valentine's Day are men, while only 27 percent are women"--So, who's left to make up the remaining %70? LOL Fun posting anyway! DD

  2. Anonymous10:12 AM

    Very cute blog BTW.

  3. Amanda Brice10:51 AM

    Delilah and I noticed the exact same thing. :)

    Great facts, Kristin!

  4. Kristen are you part of the small percentage who gives Valentine's presents to their pets? I can see you giving your precious kitties a little something...LOL.

  5. Aww, I'll probably give my dog a V-day gift this year :)

  6. I had no clue Valentines went back to the middle ages. Wow.

  7. hahaha I wondered about that stat, too.

    Awwwww good facts--thanks for sharing!

  8. I just hope my cats don't give me a dead lizard for Valentine's Day... :-)


  9. Pets buying flowers for their owners make up the other 70%...

    Great post, Kristin!

  10. I never claimed to do math. ;o)

    My cats routinely bring me live lizards, and the occasional frog. For Valentine's they're getting special cans of food.

  11. Interesting post.

    I hope people remember to not give Fido or Kitty any chocolate for Valentines, that stuff is poison to a pet.


  12. I can't get that interested in Valentine's Day, for some reason. Maybe it's that I dislike all the candy associated with it--those nasty chalky hearts with the messages on them, cinnamon red hots, and even the chocolates are usually not that great. Now, if Valentine's Day were associated with lemon meringue pie, that'd be another story!

  13. I love the heart on the sleeve thing. How cool.