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Valentine's Day is most commonly attributed to Pope Valentine, whose 40-day term as pope abruptly ended when he was found to be having an affair.
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Valentine's Day is most commonly attributed to Pope Valentine, whose 40-day term as pope abruptly ended when he was found to be having an affair.
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Although there are a few different Valentines the holiday is attributed to, the pope wasn't really one of them. The main person thought to have brought romance to the day was St. Valentine, who defied Emperor Claudius II and illegally married couples when the emperor declared marriage a distraction to soldiers. Valentine was eventually caught and killed, but many young couples would bring him flowers and cards until his death on February 14th.
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Although there are a few different Valentines the holiday is attributed to, the pope wasn't really one of them. The main person thought to have brought romance to the day was St. Valentine, who defied Emperor Claudius II and illegally married couples when the emperor declared marriage a distraction to soldiers. Valentine was eventually caught and killed, but many young couples would bring him flowers and cards until his death on February 14th.
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After the holiday was Christianized in the mid 1100s, it was celebrated in mid-February because that was the time of year most associated with women's fertility.
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After the holiday was Christianized in the mid 1100s, it was celebrated in mid-February because that was the time of year most associated with women's fertility.
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The holiday wasn't Christianized until the mid 1300s, and it was placed in February because February 14th was believed to be the start of mating season for many birds, hence the association between doves and V-Day.
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The holiday wasn't Christianized until the mid 1300s, and it was placed in February because February 14th was believed to be the start of mating season for many birds, hence the association between doves and V-Day.
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The most popular Valentine's Day gift is usually chocolates, followed by jewelry and then flowers.
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The most popular Valentine's Day gift is usually chocolates, followed by jewelry and then flowers.
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Flowers are actually the most popular Valentine's Day gift. Americans send more than 220 million roses on Valentine's Day each year.
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Flowers are actually the most popular Valentine's Day gift. Americans send more than 220 million roses on Valentine's Day each year.
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Conversation Hearts were first introduced in 1866.
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Conversation Hearts were first introduced in 1866.
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It's true. This goes a long way to explaining why they taste like the stale antacid. More than 8 billion conversation hearts are manufactured each year, nonetheless.
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It's true. This goes a long way to explaining why they taste like the stale antacid. More than 8 billion conversation hearts are manufactured each year, nonetheless.
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Many historians believe Valentine's Day is rooted  in an Ancient Roman pagan fertility festival called Lupercalia, which involved sacrificing animals and whipping women with animal skins until they bled.
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Many historians believe Valentine's Day is rooted in an Ancient Roman pagan fertility festival called Lupercalia, which involved sacrificing animals and whipping women with animal skins until they bled.
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The bleeding was supposed to symbolize and promote fertility, but mostly it just sounds worse than having to third-wheel with your newly engaged bestie.
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The bleeding was supposed to symbolize and promote fertility, but mostly it just sounds worse than having to third-wheel with your newly engaged bestie.
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Only about 55% of Americans celebrate Valentine's Day each year.
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Only about 55% of Americans celebrate Valentine's Day each year.
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It's true. That doesn't stop that 55% from spending about $18.2 billion annually on the holiday, though, and about $1.7 billion of that is on candy alone!
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It's true. That doesn't stop that 55% from spending about $18.2 billion annually on the holiday, though, and about $1.7 billion of that is on candy alone!
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The first heart-shaped box of chocolates was introduced in 1934.
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The first heart-shaped box of chocolates was introduced in 1934.
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The first heart-shaped box of chocolates was actually introduced in 1868, and now more than 36 million heart-shaped chocolate boxes are sold each year for Valentine's Day.
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The first heart-shaped box of chocolates was actually introduced in 1868, and now more than 36 million heart-shaped chocolate boxes are sold each year for Valentine's Day.
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February is the most popular month for proposals, with as many as 3 million couples getting engaged on Valentine's Day.
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February is the most popular month for proposals, with as many as 3 million couples getting engaged on Valentine's Day.
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Up to 6 million couples could get engaged on Valentine's Day this year, but February still comes in second to December, which is actually the most popular month for couples to get engaged.
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Up to 6 million couples could get engaged on Valentine's Day this year, but February still comes in second to December, which is actually the most popular month for couples to get engaged.
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In Japan, it's customary for only the women to give candies to their sweethearts.
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In Japan, it's customary for only the women to give candies to their sweethearts.
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The quality of the candy is supposed to indicate how strongly she feels for the man in her life. Japanese men now frequently repay these gifts on March 14th, "White Day."
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The quality of the candy is supposed to indicate how strongly she feels for the man in her life. Japanese men now frequently repay these gifts on March 14th, "White Day."
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About 9 million Americans buy cards or gifts for their dogs.
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About 9 million Americans buy cards or gifts for their dogs.
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It's true! There's a surprisingly large market for pet Valentine's Day gifts.
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It's true! There's a surprisingly large market for pet Valentine's Day gifts.
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Valentine's Cards were first mass-produced in the 1840s.
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Valentine's Cards were first mass-produced in the 1840s.
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People exchanged cards and letters for Valentine's day as early as the 17th century, and the first valentines were sent as early as the 15th century, but it wasn't until the Victorian age that they really began to be commercialized.
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People exchanged cards and letters for Valentine's day as early as the 17th century, and the first valentines were sent as early as the 15th century, but it wasn't until the Victorian age that they really began to be commercialized.
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Teachers receive the highest percentage of Valentines sent or given annually.
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Teachers receive the highest percentage of Valentines sent or given annually.
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It's true! Americans send or give 141 million Valentine's Day cards each year, and most of those go to teachers (you know, because of all the Valentine's parties in elementary classrooms).
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It's true! Americans send or give 141 million Valentine's Day cards each year, and most of those go to teachers (you know, because of all the Valentine's parties in elementary classrooms).
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