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Strange Valentine's Facts

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau (2010) Americans celebrate Valentine's Day with the following: Greeting Cards 65% Date Night 44% Candy 38% Flowers 32% Gift Cards 29% Plush 21% Other Gifts 17% Perfume/Cologne 12% Jewelry 11% The cost of love The average American will spend $119.67 on Valentine’s Day this year, up from $100.89 last year. Men spend almost twice as much on Valentine’s Day as women do. This year, the average man will spend $156, while the average woman will only spend $85. More than one-third of men would prefer not receiving a gift. Less than 20 percent of women feel the same way. Around this season, a dozen long-stemmed roses can cost an average of $75, or about 30% more than the normal price of $58. More than nine million pet owners are expected to buy gifts for their pets this Valentine's Day. 15 percent of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine's Day. The oldest surviving valentine dates from 1415. It is a poem written by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife. At the time, the duke was being held in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. One billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, making it the second largest card-sending holiday of the year behind Christmas. Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines. In Japan, women are expected to give chocolate and other gifts to men on Valentine's Day. This tradition was started as a marketing campaign by Japanese chocolate companies. Men are not off the hook, unfortunately. They are expected to return the favor on March 14th, commonly known as White Day 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. Today, to wear your heart on your sleeve means being transparent with your affections. (I'm having a tough time verifying this one, so please file this under "legends" instead of "history" for now.)

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