Valentine's Day Trivia
73% of people who buy flowers for Valentine's Day are men. However, 15% of women send flowers to themselves on February 14th!
Some of these Valentine's Day Statistics are funny, many are interesting, and all are informative in their own way.
Only the USA, Canada, Mexico, France, Australia and the UK, celebrate Valentine's Day on February 14th - Will and Guy think it may also be celebrated in other countries, for example China on the 7th day of the 7th month of their lunar calendar.
Valentine's Day Card Trivia
Valentine's Day - Place Names
Two places in the USA have the name Valentine: Valentine, Nebraska, with a population of 2.842; and Valentine, Texas, with a mere 185 residents. See more about Valentine Locations.
Love is a much more popular town name as nine places claim: Loveland, Colorado, with approx 55,273 residents. Other love-ly places are Lovejoy, Georgia; Loves Park, Illinois; Lovelock, Nevada; Love Valley, North Carolina; Loveland, Ohio; Loveland Park, Ohio; Loveland, Oklahoma; and Lovelady, Texas.
A Chinese city has created a pedestrian crossing with a romantic theme to help put couples in the mood for love.
Traffic officials in Chengdu came up with the idea for the crossing which features two hearts and the message in English: "I love you", reports the Tianfu Morning Post.
True Story - Bakery for Dogs Opens in Paris
An award-winning pastry chef has opened a bakery in Paris which caters only for dogs. Mon Bon Chien sells bacon biscuits in the shape of a cat and also bone-shaped cookies made of foie gras, reports the BBC.
The owner is Harriet Sternstein who moved to Paris from the US with her dog Sophie-Marie. Sophie-Marie provided the inspiration for the new business for her owner, who decided the best way to make a living was to combine her biggest enthusiasms - pastries and pets.
'Everything is made in the back of the boutique', said Ms Sternstein, 'Every day, I make 200 to 300 biscuits and special orders are taken on a daily basis.'
'The Parisians come - and the first time they think it's very funny and they look at it, and buy the ones that they think are the cutest. Then the dogs come back and choose which flavours they like the best.
'I change flavours, based on what's going on, I will be creating a special biscuit for Valentine's Day.'
Betty logged onto her Facebook account early in the evening on Valentine's Day. She posted, "As soon as I got home this evening, I received a big wet kiss from the one I love!"
"That's so sweet!" Her friend Jill posted in reply, "What did he say afterward?"
Betty answered, "He didn't say anything. He just kept kissing me until I gave him one of his favorite doggy treats."
This Chihuahua puppy literally wears its heart on its sleeve. The cute male pooch, born with a perfect heart-shaped patch on its side, has been suitably named Heartkun by its owner in northern Japan. The one-and-a-half-month-old pup was born as one of a big litter, but is the only new arrival to sport such a heart-warming coat.
According to owner Emiko Sakurada, and reported in the Daily Mail, this is the first occasion a puppy with such marks had been born out of the more than one thousand Chihuahuas she has bred.
Following the brown heart on the white Chihuahua, we have a red heart in a green pepper.
More Valentine's Day Trivia
Selfridges of London have launched a limited edition of Marmite laced with champagne. The jars will go on sale just before Valentine's Day 2008. Unilever are producing 500,000 jars of Lovers' Marmite. In addition to the the usual yeast extract, there will be an extra ingredient - champagne. The maximum champagne content will be a trivial half of one percent, enough to add flavour, but not enough to make you drunk! .
The special Valentine jars, are labelled: 'I love you' and 'For my lovely Marmite lover'. These ordinary jars are priced at £2.99 and £3.99 respectively. However, the jewellery designer Theo Fennell has created 50 pots of Lovers' Marmite with an engraved sterling silver lid, these will cost £145 ($300) each, obtainable at Selfridges stores. .
Incidentally, Marmite's yeast extract is a by-product from brewing. The best and original Marmite is made in Burton-on-Trent, England, and should be confused Promite or Vegemite. Whereas Marmite is 100% vegetarian another rival Bovril is made from cows - don't ask how.
To digress, Will and Guy prefer the Guinness flavoured Marmite. Moreover, we have heard a rumour that Unilever are working on a Whisky version. The only problem is that in trials most of the alcohol is boiled off in the production process.
An ornithologist who set up a dating agency for lonely parrots says it has been a huge success.
Rita Ohnhauser has already brought 1,300 lonely hearts together in Berlin and unlike other matchmakers she knows her pairs will never split - because the birds mate for life.
'In the wild parrots search out a life partner and then spend every minute of the day with them, but when they are kept as pets they are mainly alone and get very depressed, 'said Ohnhauser.
She added that parrot owners across Germany had started bringing their feathered friends to the sanctuary to find a mate, and she currently had 150 parrots busy 'getting acquainted' with other birds.
'Birds experience love at first sight just like humans. But others make a really careful choice before entering a relationship. It can take up to three months', she said.
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