10 Unusual Facts about Valentines Day

Have a piece – it’s Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day from us at Dr. Marchbanks office!

To celebrate this day filled with red roses, maybe a pink cupcake, and certainly lots of love, here are some interesting facts about Valentines Day and even some crazy myths behind it…

1. Cupid (you know that chubby, naked baby) is associated with Valentines Day because he was the son of Venus, the Roman god of love and beauty.

2. According to the U.S. Greeting Card Association, about 145 million valentines are sent out in the U.S. each year – this is second only to Christmas with 1.6 billion units.

3. Women purchase the most valentines at 85%.

4. Approximately 110 million roses, mostly red are delivered and sold in the 3-day window before Valentines Day. The day of Valentines an average of 189 million stem roses are sold in the US alone.

5. In addition to the US, Valentines Day is also celebrated in Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Denmark, and Australia.

6. In the 1800’s doctors commonly advised patients to eat chocolate to soothe their pain. Maybe that’s why chocolate is known as a remedy for everything from stress to heartbreak.

7. About 3 percent of pet owners give valentines to their pets.

8. The US sees about 220,000 marriage proposals on Valentines Day.

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9. In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned onto their sleeves for one week for everyone to see. This was the origin of the expression “to wear your heart on your sleeve.”

10. And for the last tidbit, 64 percent of men in the US do not make plans in advance for heart day –

And with that, make some plans and have a wonderful Valentines Day!

About Mark C. Marchbanks, D.D.S.

Dr. Mark Marchbanks has practiced dentistry in Arlington Texas since 1983. He enjoys caring for patients young and old. You can find Dr. Marchbanks on
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