HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY
Did you know ...
In Finland, Valentine’s Day is called Ystävänpäivä, which translates into "Friend’s Day." It's more about celebrating friendship than romance.
53% of women say they who would end their relationship if they didn’t get something for Valentine's Day.
73% of people who buy flowers for Valentine's Day are men; only 27% are women.
189 million stems of roses are sold in the U.S. on Valentine's Day.
6 million couples are likely to get engaged today.
43% of Millennials say Valentine's Day is their top day to propose or be proposed to.
A VALENTINE'S DAY ESCAPE CLAWS
Some people think it's romantic to eat lobster on Valentine's Day, but the owners of one New York steakhouse decided it would be cooler to let a pair of the critters have their own love-fest on V-day.
Fishermen working for the Old Homestead hauled in two rare 20-pound lobsters last week, but rather than put them on the menu, owner Marc Sherry says he's donating both the male and female to the New York Aquarium.
Sherry, who named the tasty-looking specimens Louie and Louise, tells New York's Daily News he could have gotten $50 per pound for the pair, but says, “They were literally holding each other in the trap. They were very much in love. So we decided there was no way we would cook them. They need to live out their lives together.”
PERFECT DAY FOR ROM-COMS
Here are some of the best rom-coms to put you in a romantic mood – whether you are celebrating Valentine’s Day with your sweetie, your best gal pals, or all by yourself:
- The Notebook
- Pretty Woman
- Notting Hill
- Dirty Dancing
- Sleepless in Seattle
- My Best Friend’s Wedding
- When Harry Met Sally
- The Princess Bride
- 10 Things I Hate About You
- My Big Fat Greek Wedding
- Bridget Jones’ Diary
- Sixteen Candles
- Pride and Prejudice
- The Proposal
- 50 Shades of Grey ... OK, not a rom com ... but if you are looking for something a little steamier…
BEST CITIES IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR LOVE
If you’re single and don’t want to be, you may literally be looking for love in all the wrong places. Real estate website Trulia analyzed the ratio of single men to single women across the U.S. and was able to come up with the 10 best cities to live in if you’re a single woman or a single man looking for love ...
- Bakersfield, California
- Salt Lake City, Utah
- San Francisco, California
- Las Vegas, Nevada
- San Jose, California
- Honolulu, Hawaii
- San Diego, California
- Seattle, Washington
- Colorado Springs, Colorado
- Austin, Texas
- North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida
- Birmingham, Alabama
- Winston-Salem, North Carolina
- Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, Maryland
- Greensboro, North Carolina
- El Paso, Texas
- Dayton, Ohio
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- New York City
- Baltimore, Maryland (Newser)
Today is Valentines Day! If you’re celebrating anyone’s navel yesterday (for National Tortellini Day) – don’t forget to get them a card or some flowers! Or let your sweetie know you really appreciate them by splurging on a nice dinner!
On a budget? Make something homemade and unique! If you forget, you might end up on a date a plate of tortellini. Then again, that might not be the worst thing in the world.
Valentine's Day traces its origins back to Lupercalia, a Roman Festival dedicated to fertility. The celebration was traditionally held on February 15th and dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture and the harvest.
The growth of Christianity pushed celebrations into the background until it was revived by Pope Gelasius who declared February 14th the feast for St. Valentine's Day in 496 A.D.
Who is St. Valentine? Known as Valentine of Terni, this third-century Roman saint, has become linked with the idea of courtly love – though no one is quite sure why. Other than the day (February 14th is the date of his martyrdom), the mystery survives. What we do know is that Valentine was killed for refusing to deny Christ by the order of Emperor Claudius II, who was also known as Claudius the Cruel, in the year 280 A.D. for continuing to marry Christian couples – specifically soldiers – against the Emperor’s orders.
What was the deal? Claudius II was convinced that married men were unwilling to join his ranks due to commitments to wives and children, and thus came to the conclusion that single men made better soldiers.
Valentine deemed the decree cruel and unfair, and with the help of other Christian martyrs, he secretly married young lovers in private ceremonies until his actions were discovered. And after a stint in prison, Valentine was beheaded…which you could say gives new meaning to the concept of losing your head over love.
PORN TRAFFIC DROPS ON VALENTINE’S DAY
Data from Pornhub.com shows that porn traffic drops in a big way on Valentine’s Day.
The number-crunchers there say traffic on the 14th drops as much as 17% after 6 p.m. But, everything goes back to normal around midnight and searches for dirty movies pick back up, either because the romantic dates are over or because people are looking to add a little something extra to their adventures together. (Mashable)