Valentine’s fun facts


-Spending for the holiday: 13.7 billion (2006)

-Roses purchased: 180 million (2005)

-Cards exchanged: 192 million (2005)

-Heart-shaped boxes of chocolate given: 36 million

-The U.S. ranks only 8th in chocolate consumption. Switzerland is number one. Their citizens eat 21 plus pounds of chocolate per person each year.

-Americans consume an average of 11 pounds of chocolate per person each year.

-37% of Americans say they prefer dark chocolate.

-The United States, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, France and Australia all celebrate Valentine’s Day.

-Over 1 billion Valentine cards are sent in the U.S each year.

-You burn 26 calories in a one minute kiss.

-Eskimos, Polynesians and Malaysians rub noses instead of kissing.

-The Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare’s lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet every Valentine’s Day.