Valentine's Day Trivia

Will and Guy's Valentine's Day Trivia 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!

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Will and Guy's Valentine's Day Trivia

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

  • Teachers will receive the most Valentine's Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, and then, sweethearts. Children ages 6 to 10 exchange more than 650 million Valentine's cards with teachers, classmates, and family members.
  • Approximately 1 billion Valentine's Day cards are exchanged on February 14th each year - the largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, next to Christmas .
  • According to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated one billion valentine cards are sent each year, making Valentine's Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. [An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas].
  • Hallmark has over 1330 different cards specifically for Valentine's Day.

Valentine's Trivia about Flowers and ChocolatesValentine trivia - Roses

  • 110 million roses, the majority colour red, will be sold and delivered within a three-day time period.
  • The red rose was the favourite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love. Red stands for strong feelings
    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.
  • 15% of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine's Day.
  • 73% of people who buy flowers for Valentine's Day are men, while only 27 percent are women.
  • More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine's Day.
  • While 75% of chocolate purchases are made by women all year long, during the days and minutes before Valentine's Day, 75% of the chocolate purchases are made by men.
  • Over $1billion USD worth of chocolate is purchased for Valentine's Day.
  • One-third of all Valentine cards are accompanied by gifts.Dog biscuits for valentine's day
  • An estimated 25% of Valentine's Day cards are humorous.
  • 70% of those celebrating the holiday give a card, followed by a telephone call [49%], gift [48%], special dinner [37%], candy [33%] restaurant meal [30%], and flowers [19%].
  • 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.
  • About 3% of pet owners will give Valentine's Day gifts to their pets. (Probably chocolate.)
  • The most fantastic gift of love is the Taj Mahal in India.  It was built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan as a memorial to his wife.
 

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.

I Love You - ChinaChinese Love Stories

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.

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True Story - Bakery for Dogs Opens in ParisDog biscuits for valentine's day

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.'

Valentine Kiss

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."

Valentine Chihuahua PuppyValentine Chihuahua Puppy

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.

See more on Valentine cats and dogs.

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Valentine Pepper

Following the brown heart on the white Chihuahua, we have a red heart in a green pepper.

More Valentine's Day Trivia

Kissing Trivia

  • An average person spends two weeks of his or her life kissing
  • Two out of every three couples turn their heads to the right when they kiss
  • Eskimos, Polynesians and Malaysians rub noses instead of kissing
  • See more Valentines Trivia about kissing
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Spread Love - Marmite for Valentine's Day Marmite for Valentine's Day - Spread Lvoe

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. Guinness flavoured Marmite.

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.

Dating Agency for Parrots Dating agency for parrots

An ornithologist who set up a dating agency for lonely parrots says it has been a huge success.

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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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