For those of you getting incredibly annoyed by all my Valentine’s Day posts, I swear this is my last one. Mostly because today is Valentine’s Day and posting anything else about it after today would be random.
For my final post about V-day I’m going to share some fun facts with you. Who the heck doesn’t love fun facts?!
Let’s get down to business.Here are the top 10 fun facts about this romantic holiday that you can either discuss with your valentine tonight over a candle lit dinner, or make a drinking game out of them with all your single friends. Regardless of what your plans are for tonight, you’re still going to want to know.
- Cupid is the most famous symbol of Valentine’s Day. Why? Because he is supposedly the son of Venus, the Roman god of love and beauty.
- In the Middle Ages, people believed that if you were a single person, the first unmarried person of the opposite sex that you’d come across on February 14th would become your spouse! Imagine if that were true…. Oh dear.
- The red rose was Venus’s favorite flower.
- Physicians of the 1800’s commonly advised their patients to eat chocolate to calm their longing for lost love. See, chocolate is good for you!
- Some people used to believe that if a woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentine’s Day, it meant she would marry a sailor. If she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire. So if these suitors don’t sound appealing to you, don’t look up.
- Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet’s hometown of Verona receives about 1,000 letters every year sent to Juliet on Valentine’s Day.
- Teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, and then, lovers.
- The oldest surviving love poem to date is written in a clay tablet from the times of the Sumerians, inventors of writing, around 3500 B.C. I guess love really does transcend time.
- In Medieval times people who couldn’t write their names signed with an ‘X’ in front of a witness. The ‘X’ was then kissed to show sincerity. Many believe this is how the ‘X’ symbol became synonymous with the kiss in Xs and Os.
- Three percent of pet owners give Valentine’s Day gifts to their beloved furry friends.