Love it or not, Valentine’s Day comes around every February 14th. We thought you might like to know some fun facts and interesting trivia about the day – so pucker up, here we go!

St. Valentine from Nuremburg Chronicle#1: Saint Valentine and… the Plague?

We all know Saint Valentine – he is the patron saint of lovers and engaged couples.

But did you know he is also the patron saint of epilepsy (historians say he was an epileptic), plague, young people and bee keepers? Busy Saint!!!

#2: Good News or Bad?

Superstitions about love and lovers abound for this holiday! Here’s an example for the single ladies: some people believe the first guy’s name you read in the paper or hear on the TV or radio will be the name of the man you will marry! So, choose your news carefully!

This is the goldfinch you're looking for, ladies!

This is the goldfinch you’re looking for, ladies!

#3: Single Ladies Should go Bird-Watching on Valentine’s Day

Birds play a huge part in Valentine’s Day superstitions! It is said that the kind of bird a girl watches on Valentine’s Day predicts her future husband.

For instance: Sparrow, a poor man; Owl, remain spinster; Bluebird, a happy man; Blackbird, a clergyman; Crossbill, an argumentative man; Goldfinch, a millionaire; Robin, a crime fighter (Batman, maybe?) Yes, we know – you are all on the hunt for the elusive Goldfinch!

#4: The Valentine’s Day Origin of Wearing Your Heart on Your Sleeve

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.

#5: A Lot of Guys Apparently Think They’re Better than Romeo

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.

#6: A Billion Dollars of Chocolate

On average, over 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold for Valentine’s Day each year (equaling out to about $1 billion worth of chocolate). Richard Cadbury invented the first Valentine’s Day candy box in the late 1800s.

#7: How Many Red Roses?

Approximately 110 million roses, mostly red, will be sold and delivered within the three-day Valentine’s Day time period. 73% of the flowers are purchased by men. 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.

#8: Yup: Valentine’s Day is a Boon for the Card Makers

Approximately one billion cards are exchanged in the U.S. each year according to estimates by the U.S. Greeting Card Association. That’s second only to Christmas with 1.6 billion units, and is followed by Mother’s Day with 133 million units. In order of popularity, cards are given to teachers, children, mothers, wives, sweethearts and pets. Parents receive 1 out of 5 cards, and 3% of pet owners give cards to their furry family members.

Are YOU Ready for Valentine’s Day?

Remember, though, the best thing to give your Valentine on Valentine’s Day (or any day) is a kiss! And the fresher your mouth feels, the better your kiss will feel.

So if you want to score points on the big V-Day, be smart. Before pulling the trigger at the florist or at the candy store, take care of first things first… brush your tongue with TUNG Brush and TUNG Gel! Don’t let bad breath get in the way of the day.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!


Image credits:

St. Valentine depicted in Nurembug Chronicle, (Public Domain)  via Wikimedia Commons
Goldfinch by Tom Lee via Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)