Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Facts About Valentine's Day - strangefacts

  • Japanese celebrate Christmas, but it is more like Valentine's day in the western world
  • In the United States, the average couple spends 120$ on Valentine’s Day gifts
  • In the US, nine million people buy Valentine’s Day gifts for their pets
  • Some years ago, George Clooney spent $30,000 on a hotel room for Valentine’s Day
  • Nearly 1 billion greeting cards are sent on Valentine’s Day, a number that is only exceeded at Christmas
  • Only about 26% of the population celebrate Valentine's Day
  • Most people spend at least $100 per person on their romantic Valentine’s dinner
  • Most people who are choosing to share a romantic dinner with someone on Valentine's Day are choosing the same kind of cuisine. In fact, the most popular choice on this holiday is French cuisine
  • Youtube domain was registered on Valentines Day
  • Verona, the Italian city where Shakespeare's play lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters every year sent to Juliet on Valentine's Day
  • More people drink wine with their Valentine’s Day dinner than drink champagne
  • 85% of all Valentine's Day cards are purchased by women
  • The first commercial Valentine cards, trimmed with imported lace, were made by Esther Howland in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Every year around 1 billion Valentine cards are sent across. After Christmas it's a single largest seasonal card-sending occasion
  • Amongst the earliest Valentine's Day gifts were candies. The most common were chocolates in heart shaped boxes
  • On February 14th wooden love spoons were carved and given as gifts on Valentine's Day in Wales. Hearts, keys and keyholes were favorite Valentine decorations on the wooden spoons. This Valentine decoration meant, "You unlock my heart!"
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