DanG (dan_g) wrote,

My Heart Bleeds...

So happy valentines day, or singles awareness day, depending on your choice.

let me start with a short poem by my favourite Authour, Neil Gaiman.

Roses are red,
Violets are purple,
Which is a very hard word to rhyme
And makes me happy that on February the 14th we don't traditionally have to give each other oranges.

Top 10 weird facts about Valentines Day;

The roots of St. Valentine's Day can be traced back to the Roman fertility festival of Lupercalia. On Lupercalia, a young man would draw the name of a young woman in a lottery and would then keep the woman as a sexual companion for the year. (Super romatic that one)

The oldest surviving valentine dates from 1415. It is a poem written by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife. At the time, the duke was being held in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt.

The Catholic Church struck St. Valentine’s Day from its official calendar in 1969.

According to the condom company Durex, condom sales are highest around Valentine's Day, which are 20 percent to 30 percent higher than usual.

Despite all those extra condoms. More at-home pregnancy tests are sold in March than in any other month.

Penicillin, a popular treatment for venereal diseases such as syphilis, was introduced to the world on February 14, 1929.

More than nine million pet owners are expected to buy gifts for their pets this Valentine's Day.

The phrase "Sweets for the sweet" is a line from Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act 5, Scene 1.

Famous Valentine's Day weddings: The Captain and Tennille, Elton John and Renate Blauel, Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid, Jerry Garcia and Deborah Koons, and Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee. Wow. Thats a list of successful marriages...

"I love you" in German is "Ich liebe dich." As the old saying goes. one should say I love you everyday to make life bearable, but one should scream it in German as life also needs to be terrifying.

Tags: history, holiday, that friday feeling, valentines

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