Cupid illustration by Desire GroverIn the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They wore that name pinned to their sleeves for one week for everyone to see. This was the origin of the expression “to wear your heart on your sleeve.”

In 1537, England’s King Henry VII offi cially declared Feb. 14 the holiday of St. Valentine.

Richard Cadbury produced the fi rst box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800s.

More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine’s Day.

73 percent of people who buy fl owers for Valentine’s Day are men, while only 27 percent are women.

15 percent of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.

Over 50 percent of all Valentine’s Day cards are purchased in the six days prior to the holiday, making Valentine’s Day a procrastinator’s delight.

Teachers will receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, sweethearts and pets.

In the U.S., 64 percent of men do not make plans in advance for a romantic Valentine’s Day with their sweethearts.

Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines.

220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine’s Day each year.

In the 1800s, doctors commonly advised their heartbroken patients to eat chocolate, claiming it would soothe their pain.

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