Happy Valentine’s Day – one (of the many) days where sugar calories don’t count!
I had a semi good run on the treadmill today at a 3 incline at 9:05 mile pace, 5.5 miles.B Hoping for a little outside low key 5K action today after work before my fancy dinner made by Tony.B I told him couples that 5K together, do other things together.B Hopefully that will get him to keep his word!
Instead of reading the depressing current events, I got sucked into reading random Valentine day facts. B I thought I’d share a few (okay more than a few):
Some knowledge and history!
- There are several theories and ChristianB martyrsB named valentine; however, the most popular dates back to the time of the Roman Empire during the reign of Claudius II, 270 AD. Claudius didn’t want men to marry during wartime because he believed single men made better soldiers. Bishop Valentine went against his wishes and performed secret wedding ceremonies. For this, Valentine was jailed and then executed by order of the Emperor on February 14. While in jail, he wrote a love note to the jailor’s daughter signing it, “From your Valentine.”
- Valentine’s Day was first celebrated during the time of the Romans. It was a holiday to celebrate fertility and men would draw lots with women’s names written on them. The woman whose name the man randomly chose would become his bed buddy for the year.
- Despite Saint Valentine’s existence (it is believed he could be one of three people) the Catholic Church removed Valentine’s Day from its religious calendar in 1969 (First no valentinebs day, now no condoms, always getting in the way of fun).
- In 1537, England’s King Henry VII officially declared February 14th the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day (He knew whatbs up).
- The phrase “wearing your heart on your sleeve” comes from the Middle Ages custom of knights wearing a colored fabric from their love on the arm of the armor.
- Speaking of the dark ages, many believe the ‘X’ symbol became synonymous with the kiss in medieval times. People who couldn’t write their names signed in front of a witness with an ‘X.’ The ‘X’ was then kissed to show their sincerity.
- There is a Croatian island located in the Zadar Channel that is shaped perfectly like a heart. The island, which is called Galesnjak, is completely deserted and can only be accessed by small boat
- The greatest structure built in the name of love: the Taj Mahal in India. The building was created by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his late wife.
- California produces 60 percent of American roses, but the greater number sold on Valentine’s Day in the United States are imported, mostly from South America.
- One billion: The number of estimated Valentinebs Day cardsB sentB every year according to the Greeting Card Association.B This is second only to Christmas when 2.6 billion cards are sent.
- 8 billion:B The amount ofB Sweethearts Conversation HeartsB manufactured each year for Valentinebs Day. Thatbs about 100,000 pounds a day.
- $15.7 billion:B Estimated amount that will be spent this year on Valentinebs DayB merchandise.
- $5.04:B How much the average consumer will spend on theirB petsB for Valentinebs Day.
- $3.5 billion:B The amount of money consumers will spend onB blingB and baubles for their loved ones. Another $1.7 billion will be spent on flowers and $1.5 billion on candy.B
- 91:B Percentage of men who give flowers to their significant other onB Valentine’s DayB toB show their love.
- 16:B Percentage of men who give flowers onB Valentine’s DayB to “stay out of theB doghouse.”
- 64:B Percentage of men who do not make plans in advance for Valentine’s Day.
- B According to Durex, sales of condoms are highest around Valentine’s Day each year.
- Statistically speaking (and if you take into consideration the first fact), more home pregnancy tests are purchased in the month of March than any other month.
- Pets will be on the receiving end of heart-shaped gifts this year with more then 9 million American pet owners splurging on their furry four-legged friend (too bad therebs no cute cat shirts, plus Ibm pretty sure my cat will pee on my pillow if I dress him).
- Men in Japan receive more Valentine’s Day chocolate than women, thanks in large part to effective ad campaigns (Who do they think they are?).
- Casanova, well known as “The World’s Greatest Lover,” ate chocolate to make him virile (I donbt know who he is, but maybe you do).
- 15% of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day (So donbt feel bad if you canbt puppy eye your boyfriend into work flower delivery, cause that mean lady down the hall probably sent it to herself).
- Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all Valentines (cards).
- Teachers will receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, sweethearts and pets (Pets?B Come on buddy, get a hobby, knit instead).
Ibd like to claim I am all knowledgeable and spent hours researching this but I stole some of the many facts from: http://www.lfpress.com/life/2012/02/07/19350416.html, http://medfield.patch.com/articles/poll-patch-valentine-s-day-fun-facts, http://www.sheknows.com/holidays-and-seasons/articles/807655/fun-facts-about-valentine-s-day