* 73% of people who buy flowers for Valentine’s Day are men, while only 27 percent are women.
* 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second-most popular greeting-card-giving occasion next to Christmas.
* About 3% of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.
* There are 119 single men (i.e., never married, widowed or divorced) who are in their 20s for every 100 single women of the same ages.
* There are 34 single men (i.e., never married, widowed or divorced) age 65 or older for every 100 single women of the same ages.
* Alexander Graham Bell applied for his patent on the telephone, an "Improvement in Telegraphy", on Valentine’s Day, 1876.
* 2.2 million marriages take place in the United States annually. That breaks down to more than 6,000 a day.
* California produces 60 percent of American roses, but the vast number sold on Valentine’s Day in the United States are imported, mostly from South America. Approximately 110 million roses, the majority red, will be sold and delivered within a three-day time period.
* While 75% of chocolate purchases are made by women all year long, during the days and minutes before Valentine’s Day, 75% of the chocolate purchases are made by men. Over $1billion of chocolate is purchased for Valentine’s Day.
* Cupid, another symbol of Valentines Day, became associated with it because he was the son of Venus, the Roman god of love and beauty. Cupid often appears on Valentine cards holding a bow and arrows because he is believed to use magical arrows to inspire feelings of love.
* February 14th was formerly thought to be the first day of bird’s mating for the season. This sparked the custom of sending valentines to each other.
* 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. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.
From Ruth White’s blog