Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day Trivia for those who will not be dining in a romantic venue this evening

So, I am not going out tonight, as my Valentine is traveling for work (again). So there will be no foodie posts about what I ate or where I ate it, about wine or roses or champagne or chocolate or Louis Armstrong tunes that make you swoon.  We are doing none of that today, so I have nothing to say on the matter. I'm sorry. Though I imagine anyone who does have lovers plans is probably out by now at some romantic venue sipping champagne by candlelight over a gorgeous aphrodisiac prixe fix and gazing lovingly into their mates eyes and therefore won't read this or be soured by it.

I'm not anti-Valentine's Day.  In fact, I'm kind of a mush for it.  Today is just not the day over here. We will probably eat like college kids and watch the Food Network.  Girls' Night In.

I did buy my beautiful nine year old a puffy heart charm for her Pandora bracelet (at Gloucester's wonderful Village Silversmith, of course). It reads,'Yo" on one side and "Tu" on the other - I <3 you en Espanol. Seemsappropriate given how much time this child spends on foreign islands and in foreign countries. Plus, I mentioned I'm a word nerd, and I <3 interjecting our native tongue with pretty palabras whenever possible.

But it is that day and I should write about it in some way (I'm being cranky - we have fabulous plans for the weekend - I'm prone to drama, is all). So I thought I'd give my beer-drinking friends some trivia to play while they sit with singles coldly shunning the lover's holiday.  I recommend turning it into a drinking game - with shots for wrong answers.  Or better yet, a strip poker spin. Could resolve your singleness for the 2014 event. Just a suggestion. Dad, don't read this part.

A Little Valentine's Day Trivia - borrowed from all over the web

Approximately how many boxes of chocolate were sold for St. Valentine's Day in 2003?
36 million. This figure comes from the Chocolate Manufacturer's Association.

One legend of St. Valentine contends that he was a priest in third century Rome. The Emperor outlawed marriage because single men made better warriors. Valentine, however, continued to perform marriages in secret. When the Emperor discovered what Valentine was doing he ordered that Valentine be put to death. Who was the Emperor?
Claudius II. Claudius II died of the plague not long after the death of Valentine. He is one of the few Roman emperors to die a "natural" death.

Others claim that the Christian church decided to celebrate the feast of Valentine in an effort to 'christianize' the celebrants of a pagan festival that was held in mid-February. What was the pagan festival?
Lupercalia. Lupercalia was considered a purification and fertility rite.

The oldest known valentine that is still in existence today was written by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife. Where was Charles when he penned this valentine?
In the Tower of London. The greeting is now located in the British Library in London.

Approximately what percentage of Valentine's Day cards are purchased by women?
85. This is according to the Greeting Card Association.

Approximately how many Valentine's Day cards are sent each year?
1 billion. Valentine's Day is the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. Christmas is first with approximately 2.6 billion cards sent.

Cupid is whose son?

Venus. Venus was the Goddess of Love and Beauty.

In what Shakespeare play is St. Valentine's Day mentioned?

Hamlet. Ophelia sings, "Good morrow! 'Tis St. Valentine's Day; All in the morning betime; And I a maid at your window,; To be your valentine!"

What three percent of pet owners give Valentine's Day gifts to their pets?

What percentage of all Valentine's Day cards are accompanied by gifts?
Approximately one-third 
In a poll of American women,which was the preferred Valentine's day gift - chocolate or flowers?

Which group of professionals receive the most Valentine's Day Cards?
Teachers will receive the most Valentine's Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, and sweethearts.

Which holiday sees the largest exchange of holiday cards - Valentine's Day or Christmas?
Christmas. About one billion Valentine's Day cards are exchanged each year. The holiday is second only to Christmas in terms of the number of cards sent.

Who invented the Valentine's Day Candy Box idea?

Richard Cadbury invented the first Valentine's Day candy box in the late 1800s. 

Which city receives over 1,000 letters address to Shakespeare's Juliet Capulet every year?
The Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare's lovers Romeo and Juliet lived.

How many roses will be sold on Valentine's Day in a given year?

About 110 million roses, most of them red, will be sold for Valentine's Day this year.

Which important household technology was patented on Valentine's Day in 1876?
The telephone. Alexander Graham Bell applied for his patent on the telephone, an "improvement in telegraphy," on Valentine's Day, 1876.

What percentage of American women send themselves flowers on Valentine's Day?
Fifteen percent of women in the United States send themselves flowers on Valentine's Day. 
How much money do Americans spend on Valentine's Candy?

Americans spend $655 million each Valentine's Day on candy, making it the fourth biggest holiday of the year for confectionery purchases, after Halloween, Christmas and Easter (in that order). 

What percentage of men make plans in advance for Valentine's Day?
36% !!! In the U.S., it's estimated that 64 percent of men do not make plans in advance for Valentine's Day. 

The most notorious St. Valentine's Day was in 1929 when seven people were gunned down in an assassination attempt in Chicago. Five members of one mobster's gang planned to kill members of a riva
l gang, including the leader. What gang planned the shooting, and who was the main target?
Al Capone's gang planned to kill Bugs Moran. Bugs Moran was on his way to the garage where the killing took place, but turned away when he saw someone dressed as a policeman (the disguise of the killers) and escaped. One of the seven killed was an innocent man who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

A Roman myth says that roses grew when Cupid was carrying a certain liquid to the gods on Mt. Olympus. Cupid spilled the
 liquid and from that spot roses grew. What was the liquid?
Nectar. Nectar was the drink of the gods, ambrosia the food of the gods.

During Victorian times, this was considered bad luck on Valentine's Day?
Signing the card. 

Hope this gets you through the lonely night, and maybe leads to a less-than-solo wrap up to your evening ;-) Just kidding.  Have fun, be safe and happy Valentine's Day.

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