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Valentine’s Day Trivia

Feb 04, 2016

After Christmas, Valentine’s Day, which happens annually on February 14, is the most celebrated day of the year in the U.S. Here is some interesting trivia about the international day of love.

Roses and Flowers

  • 110 million roses, mostly red ones, will be sold and delivered within a three-day time period.
  • Valentine’s Day is the big time of year for red roses. Mother’s Day sees more pastel-colored roses sold.
  • The State of California produces 60% of American roses, but most roses sold on Valentine’s Day in the U.S. are imported from South America.
  • 15% of American women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.
  • 73% of people who buy flowers for Valentine’s Day are men; only 27% are women.

Valentine's Day Trivia

Cards

  • About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year.
  • Valentine’s Day is the second-largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, after Christmas.
  • One third of all Valentine’s Day cards are accompanied by gifts.
  • Romantic cards are the bestsellers.
  • About 25% of Valentine’s Day cards are funny.
  • More than 50% of cards are sold during the actual week of the holiday, and the largest and most elaborate Valentine’s Day cards are sold 48 hours before February 14.
  • Of those celebrating Valentine’s Day, 70% of those give a card, 49% make a phone call, 48% give a gift, 37% make a special dinner, 33% give candy, 30% go out to eat and 19% give flowers.
  • The people who will receive the most Valentine’s Day cards are (in order): teachers, kids, moms, wives and sweethearts.
  • Kids aged 6-10 exchange more than 650 million Valentine’s Day cards with their teachers, classmates and family members.
  • Hallmark, the famous card company, makes over 1,330 different cards for Valentine’s Day.

Valentine's Day Trivia

Chocolate and Candy

  • Candy hearts (the ones with the sweet messages printed on them) were first made in 1866 by candy maker NECCO; in those days, they were called Motto Hearts. According to NECCO, 8 billion of these little candies are sold between January 1 and February 14.
  • More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine’s Day.

Valentine's Day Trivia

General

  • In the U.S., 64% of men don’t make plans in advance for a romantic Valentine’s Day with their sweethearts.
  • 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.
  • Valentine’s Day is big business. Consumers will spend an average of $77.43 on Valentine’s Day gifts this year. Internet retailers expect to rack up about $650 million in sales of food, candy, flowers and other Valentine’s Day gifts. Of that amount about $350 million will be for gifts and flowers and another $45 million will be spent on food (including chocolate).
  • About 3% of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.

Valentine's Day Trivia
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Fave Part of Valentine's?

  • Hanging with my crush.
  • The chocolate and other sweets.
  • Getting and giving out mushy cards.
  • I don't like anything about Valentine's Day.

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"NovaHex" wrote:It's the equivalent of teaching the Bible in a public school. People have different opinions about it, and some don't want their kids to learn about it. There's a huge difference between understanding something, and forcing beliefs. In other words....  Separation of Church and Straight? :p
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It's the equivalent of teaching the Bible in a public school. People have different opinions about it, and some don't want their kids to learn about it. There's a huge difference between understanding something, and forcing beliefs.
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"DisneyanimeLover" wrote: "AlphaT" wrote: "KingShawn13" wrote: "AlphaT" wrote: "frolickingwinsanity" wrote: LGBTQIA+ community is just as appropriate as everyone else. This angers me that they made such a big deal out of it. Like DisneyanimeLover said: "I think it's fine to talk about. It's a part of life, and people should be educated on it."  Sadly, we kids are often told we're not old enough or lack the experience to have opinions on such things. Should these things really be taught or talked about in sixth grade? "AlphaT" wrote: "frolickingwinsanity" wrote: LGBTQIA+ community is just as appropriate as everyone else. This angers me that they made such a big deal out of it. Like DisneyanimeLover said: "I think it's fine to talk about. It's a part of life, and people should be educated on it."  Sadly, we kids are often told we're not old enough or lack the experience to have opinions on such things. Should these things really be taught or talked about in sixth grade? Should the Holocaust? Should Slavery? Should the Civil Rights movement? Because each of those subjects are definitely more inappropriate than the LGBT and what they stand for and yet it continues to be taught by teachers and learned by children in grades as low as fourth grade. Compared to those events in history, the LGBT discussion seems more like The Cat In The Cat than an inappropriate topic. And besides if a student feels they are mature enough to want to boraden their perspective and thoughts then they should be allowed to do it and not be oppressed or told they're wrong because their views differ from the status quo. Should children really be taught sexuality outside of Specs Ed class? Be honest here, none of us would want our kids to go to school and be lectured on the LGBT.  Well, actually that's not entirely true. ^ It depends on the parents. If they are conservatives, then that'll be true. However, they're lots of liberals who wouldn't mind.  My school educates us on LGBTQ+ quite often, and the students don't mind. Most enjoy it. I've only heard one family complain, and they were conservative.  The teachers are people with political and social opinions as well, which makes it hard to teach fairly. What curriculum would there be?
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