February 14th Valentine’s Day

Today is the day to show the one you love just how much you actually love them… or at least try to. The original Valentine’s Day appears to have been celebrated in the Roman Empire as a Feast of Lupercagia, the Roman God of Fertility.

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If you are lucky, your love will like perfume, jewelry, flowers or chocolate. If not, then you have your work cut out for you. Today being Ash Wednesday as well complicates the matter even more.

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On February 14th, 2009, 39,897 people all kissed for 10 seconds in Mexico City setting a world record. The thing I find a bit alarming about that is that it’s an uneven number! So, who was the odd person out kissing?

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Another interesting Valentine’s Day event was the St. Valentine’s Day massacre. It’s about a bunch of gangsters dressed up as police cutting down another group of gangsters in a hail of gunfire. I guess you could call it the kiss of death, but not very romantic.

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Well, at least the chocolate companies get rich today. 75% of all chocolate sold in a year is sold today. And the flower companies don’t do bad either. They too sell more roses today than during the rest of the year, also set at 75% of the yearly sales. That’s about 110 million roses sold for one day.

How to celebrate – I hope you find someway to tell your loved one that you love them. Fix your loved one a romantic dinner. Find time to spend with your loved one.

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