10 random facts you probably didn’t know about Valentine’s day

Happy Valentine’s Day all! Here at Liquid Friday HQ we are feeling the love.
Think of this post as a public service announcement to remind you not to forget to stop off at the service station this evening on your way home for some wilted carnations and a box of Milk Tray for your significant other!

Just for fun…

Just for fun, and in no particular order, here’s 10 random facts about Valentine’s Day that you probably didn’t know:

St. Valentine is also the patron saint of beekeepers and plague victims. (So if you were a bee-keeper who died of plague you’re definitely top of his friends list.)

It was common in the 1800s for doctors to recommend eating chocolate to calm their patients pining for lost love. We think they were on to something!

In some countries, mid-February marks the beginning of the mating season for our feathered friends. Gives a whole new meaning to pulling birds.

Teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives and pets. (My dog got 3 but he’s scared of commitment.)

In the Middle Ages, young men and women would draw names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would then wear this pinned to their sleeve. And that’s where the expression “to wear your heart on your sleeve” comes from.

73% of people who buy flowers on this day are men, while 27% are women. Just putting it out there.

In Finland, February 14th is not just for lovers. They call the holiday “Ystӓvӓnpӓivӓ” and it’s a celebration of friends. Pretty great, no?

The most popular theory about the origin of Valentine’s Day is that Emperor Claudius II didn’t want Roman soldiers to marry during wartime. St. Valentine defied him and performed secret weddings. What a rebel!

Roses are a staple of Valentine’s Day bouquets – the popular red rose symbolises passion, but you could also go for yellow for friendship, pink for loyalty or white for purity and sincerity.

Girls in medieval times ate bizarre foods on this day to make them dream of their future spouse. Ketchup on Weetabix all round then?

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