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10 CRAZY FACTS About Valentine’s
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10. Ikea Australia gave away a coupon for a free crib for babies born on the 14th November i.e. 9 months after Valentine’s Day.
The coupon & proof of birth had to be shown.
09. With 3 St. Valentines linked with the 14th Feb, it is unclear which one the day honors.
St. Valentine of Rome was beheaded for performing weddings in secret.
Source: Library of Congress, Huffington Post
08. Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone on Valentine’s Day, 1876.
In 2012, 230 million texts were sent – 11 million more than any other day in February.
07. Valentine’s Day is banned in Saudi Arabia.
The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice restricts the sale of roses & anything red.
Source: Retail Advertising and Marketing Association
06. $13.9 billion is spend on Valentine’s Day per year.
200 million roses are produced specifically for the day, 73% of which are bought by men.
Source: History.com Source: LYBIO.net
05. Teddy Roosevelt’s diary entry for the 14th Feb 1884 reads: ‘The light has gone out of my life’.
His mother & wife passed away within hours of each other on that day.
Source: The Telegraph
04. Robert Indiana created the iconic Love image. It was put on a Valentine’s Day stamp in 1973.
Making the U.S. Post Office $25 million, Indiana never copyrighted the design.
03. In Japan, the custom of women giving chocolates to men was started by Mary’s Chocolates in 1958.
On the 14th March, or ‘While Day’, men give women cookies, jewelry & handbags.
Source: Guinness World Records
02. On Valentine’s Day 2013, a Thai couple set the record for the longest continuous kiss.
Lasting 58 hours, 35 minutes & 58 seconds, the couple set the previous record in 2011.
Source: Legal News
01. A Michigan-based lawyer runs a Valentine’s Day promotion, giving away free divorces.
In 2013, 600 people applied, with 2 winners chosen.
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