Incredibly RANDOM facts about a certain mushy-gushy day that's quickly approaching:
*It's estimated that ONE BILLION valentine cards are sent each year, according to the Greeting Card Association. That makes Valentine's Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year, with Christmas being the first. (I can't ever remember actually sending a valentine card to someone in the mail... )
*Can you guess who receives the most Valentine's Day cards each year??? TEACHERS... followed by children, mothers, wives, then "sweethearts."
*Children between ages 6 to 10 exchange more than 650 million Valentine's cards. (Wow... those tiny cards are making somebody out there very rich!)
*Approximately 85 percent of all "valentines" are purchased by women.
*About 3% of pet owners will give Valentine's Day gifts to their pets. (Seriously??!)
*A loooooong, long time ago, some people used to believe that if a woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentine's Day, it meant she would marry a sailor. If she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire. (I apparently never laid eyes on a goldfinch.)
*Supposedly eight billion candy hearts were made in 2009... enough to stretch from Rome, Italy, to Valentine, Arizona, and back again 20 times. (If they tasted a bit better, maybe there would be even more made. Hmmmm.)