More than nine million pet owners are expected to buy gifts for their pets this Valentine's Day. I wish I still had kitties to buy silly gifts for.....sigh...
15 percent of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine's Day. Now, Thats just sad. I'm assuming the card reads "I love you, signed Me"? Or do they think they are faking us out by signing it "All my Love, George Clooney"?
“Love is a grave mental disease.”
According to the condom company Durex, condom sales are highest around Valentine's Day, which are 20 percent to 30 percent higher than usual.Guys, do you really think that heart shaped box of drug store chocolate will entice us to drop our drawers? Keep dreaming, fellas.
Conversation Hearts: In 1866, candy manufacturer NECCO made the first "Conversation Hearts" — then called "Motto Hearts." According to NECCO, eight billion of these little candies are sold between January 1 and February 14. There is a company called 'kissandmakeup.com" which offers x-rated conversation hearts.
Penicillin, a popular treatment for venereal diseases such as syphilis, was introduced to the world on February 14, 1929. How appropriate.
"When you are in Love you can't fall asleep because reality is better than your dreams."
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. I think someone didn't get the memo about fictional characters
"You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly."
Richard Cadbury invented the first Valentines Day candy box in the late 1800s. And we have been receiving low grade chocolate in them ever since even though Cadbury is better than most...hear that Mr. Whitman?
Teachers receive the most valentines, followed by kids, mothers, wives and sweethearts. EVERYONE sucks up to the teacher
Through out ancient mythological writing, there appear to be either two Cupids or two sides to the figure of Cupid. One is the son of Mars and Venus. He is a lively youth who delights in pranks and spreading love. The other is a son of Nyx and Erebus, known for riotous debauchery. I'll take a little of both, Thank you.
Falling in love is so hard on the knees.”
- Aerosmith (the rock band)
The oldest surviving valentine dates from 1415. It is 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. Aww, the first prison pen pal
Pleasure of love lasts but a moment, Pain of love lasts a lifetime.
The roots of St. Valentine's Day can be traced back to the Roman fertility festival of Lupercalia. On Lupercalia, a young man would draw the name of a young woman in a lottery and would then keep the woman as a sexual companion for the year. Can we mention that we're thankful this did not catch on?
“Love is like an hourglass, with the heart filling up as the brain empties.”
- Jules Renard (French author)
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. Today, to wear your heart on your sleeve means being transparent with your affections. I had a tee shirt made for Bill with my initials on the sleeve. Does that count?
"If you judge people, you have no time to love them."
In the United States, 64 percent of men do not make plans in advance for a romantic Valentine's Day with their sweethearts. Bill and I spent our first Valentine's Day in Bob Evans, dressed to the nines, because everyplace else was packed. Now we consider it our "You Must be a Redneck" Valentine's Day.
"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart."
Happy Valentine's Day to everyone,