Thought you knew everything there is to know about Valentine’s Day? Then think again! We give you ten weird and wacky facts about the day that strikes fear into the heart of singletons and glee into those in couples.
1. Teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, closely followed by children, mothers, wives and partner.
2. Penicillin, a popular treatment for STDs such as syphilis, was introduced to the world on February 14, 1929.
3. If you’re single don’t despair. You can celebrate Singles Awareness Day (SAD) instead. Meant as an alternative to Valentine’s Day, the holiday is for single people to celebrate or to commiserate in their single status. A common greeting on this day is “Happy SAD!”
4. Or you could pop over to Finland where Valentine’s Day is called Ystävänpäivä, which translates into “Friend’s day”. This day is more about remembering all your friends, not only your loved ones.
5. Durex claims that condom sales are highest around Valentine’s Day – 20 percent to 30 percent higher than usual.
6. More home pregnancy testing kits are sold in March than in any other month.
7. About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. This makes it the largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, next to Christmas.
8. About 3 per cent of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.
9. In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their Valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. Nowadays to wear your heart on your sleeve means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.
10. In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card.