Happy Valentine's Day everyone! Today is Feb. 14, the day to celebrate that special someone in your life, send some flowers, give some chocolate, tell your significant other you love them. So in honor of the day, we present five fun facts to know about Valentine's Day.
Information courtesy of stvalentinesday.org
- Women purchase about 85 percent of valentines given on the holiday, 50 million roses are given worldwide on Valentine's Day and 3 percent of pet owners give Valentine's Day gifts to their pets.
- It is said that the oldest surviving love poem was written on a clay tablet around 3500 B.C, and is dated back to the time of the Sumerians, known to be the inventors of writing.
- In certain countries, a young woman is sometimes given clothing from a prospective suitor, and, if it is accepted, that means she has accepted his marriage proposal.
- Verona, the Italian city where Romeo and Juliet lived in William Shakespeare's tale, receives about 1,000 letters every Valentine's Day, all addressed to Juliet.
- In the Middle Ages, it was said that men and women would draw names to decide who their valentine would be that year, and they would wear the name on their sleeves—that is where the saying "wearing your heart on your sleeve" comes from to let people know how you are feeling.