2. 73% of the flowers bought on Valentine's day are by men. While only 27% are bought by women.
3. Valentine's day is named after Saint Valentine. Saint Valentine is the patron saint of lovers. But few people know that he was also the patron saint of greetings, travelers, young people, and even epilepsy, plague and bee keepers.
4. The letter 'X' first symbolized a kiss in medieval times. It is believed that people who could not write their names, signed with an 'X'. The 'X' was then kissed to show their emotions.
5. 15% US women send flowers to themselves on Valentine's day.
6. Survey shows that most girls prefer a good dinner over any other gift. So, book a table and score points!
7. Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of telephone, patented his invention on the Valentine's day. So, Valentine's day gave us telephones. Penicillin was also introduced on Valentine's day.
8. In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew the names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned on their sleeves for one week. This was done so that it becomes easy for other people to know your true feelings. This was known as "to wear your heart on your sleeve".
9. Red roses are the most popular gifts on Valentine's day. Red has traditionally been the color of love and symbolizes strong emotions. Thus, red roses are thought to be the perfect objects to show off the adornment on the special day.
10. If you're a teacher, then we have a good news for you on Valentine's day. According to a study, Teachers receive the most number of Valentine cards. Each year, children between 6 and 10 give about 650 million cards to their teachers.
11. In Germany, young girls would plant onions in a pot on Valentine's Day, and place the name of a boy next to each onion. They believed that they would marry the boy whose name was nearest to the first onion to grow.
12. During the 1700's, girls in England would eat a hard boiled egg, along with the shell, on Valentine's day eve. Doing so, they hoped that they would dream their future husband that night.
13. Verona, the Italian city where Shakespeare's play lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters every year sent to Juliet on Valentine's Day.
14. Contrary to the common conception, more than 50% women don't find Valentine's day romantic at all. Even worse, more than 75% doesn't like being proposed on Valentine's day. So, think twice if you're planning to do so.
15. Recent surveys revealed that on average, men spend about $158 dollars on Valentine's day. This is twice as compared to the $75 spend by women. Now, whose got the bigger heart? ;)