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Weird Valentine facts to share with your family

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When eating with the kids I like to share interesting and fun facts with the kids. We will be making a fun Valentine meal and I have uncovered a few fun things that they may find interesting enough to share with their friends. For instance did you know that 15% of US women send flowers to themselves…awkward! Or were you aware that more than nine million pet owners are expected to buy gifts for their pets this Valentine’s Day, and economically speaking the average American will spend $119.67 on Valentine’s Day this year, up from $100.89 last year. It is also interesting that Hallmark employs an 80-person research staff to analyze the sales pattern of previous valentines. Each year they interview 100,000 customers, and create almost 2,000 different cards.

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University of Maryland has a team of academic experts dedicated to educating the media about Valentine's Day. “No matter what angle you’re covering, the University of Maryland has the Valentine’s Day expert for you,” says their official website.

What makes Valentine's Day so special? For many it's the romance of the day. But the holiday is so much more. It's historical roots take us back to Roman times.

All those cards, flowers and candies have a major economic impact. And then there's the cultural aspect - Valentine's Day is just plain fun. No matter what angle you're covering, the University of Maryland has the Valentines Day expert for you.

Valentine Postmarks

If you want something fun and unique considering mailing a card with a unique postmark. For instnace Valentine, Nebraska offers such a service. Valentine is named for Edward K. Valentine, who as a congressman from Nebraska, was the chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture during his six years in office (1879–1885). He was instrumental in getting local settlers' grievances redressed by the federal government.

Valentine participates in an annual re-mailing program where thousands of pieces of mail flow into the local United States Post Office so that they can be re-mailed with a special Valentine's Day postmark and verse.

Anyone wanting to have their valentines postmarked in Valentine should address their envelopes, ensure appropriate first-class postage is affixed, put the envelopes inside a larger envelope, and mail to: Valentine’s Day Postmark, Postmaster, 239 N. Hall St., Valentine NE 69201-9998. There is no charge for the postmark.

Valentine participates in an annual re-mailing program where thousands of pieces of mail flow into the local United States Post Office so that they can be re-mailed with a special Valentine's Day postmark and verse.

The United States Postal Service has a full list of the towns with post offices that will cancel your stamp with a “heartfelt” postmark. They include Valentine (TX and NE), Romance (AR), Loving (TX and NM), Loveville (MD), Loves Park (IL), Loveland (CO), Kissimmee (FL), Hartville (WY), Bliss (NY), and Romeo (MI) which shares a joint mark with Julietta (GA)! These post offices get thousands of cards from around the world which they postmark (for free) and then send on to their destinations.

Simply prepare your card(s) with proper addresses and postage (because these postmasters don’t love you enough to pay for your mailings!). Then put those into a larger envelope (or Priority Mail envelope at this late date) addressed to:
Postmaster
Valentine Remailing
City, State ZIP Code

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