20 Strange Valentine’s Day Facts… Even Cupid Doesn’t Know About #13.
We've filled you in on some significant Valentine's Day facts before, but we've decided to take a slightly different angle this time around. The list below includes some trivia about February 14 as a romantic, commercial holiday — from the first box of chocolates to the average amount of money consumers spend each year — but it also highlights some significant events that have nothing to do with it.
That's because the day will come and go whether or not you have a love interest. We know it's tough (or maybe just annoying), because there will be hearts and public displays of affection everywhere, but just take it from people like nuclear scientist Albert Ghiorso, who discovered Lawrencium with his team on the holiday. You don't need to buy into the hype to enjoy it. Go about your business as usual, and it'll be just fine, sometimes even better.
#1. According to the National Retail Federation, the average person celebrating Valentine's Day in 2015 was expected to spend around $140 on candy, flowers, apparel, and more, an increase from previous years.
#2. The Territory of Oregon was admitted to the Union in 1859 as the 33rd state.
#3. Ekkachai Tiranarat and Laksana Tirana locked lips for 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds on 12-14 February 2013, breaking the World Record for Longest Kiss! They beat out eight other couples who entered the contest at Ripley's Believe It or Not! Pattaya in Thailand, and received some cold hard cash and two diamond rings for their win.
#4. According to research conducted in 2013, 6 million people are expecting or planning a marriage proposal on this romantic holiday.
#5. Carrie Chapman Catt founded the League of Women Voters in 1920 half a year before the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, which grants women the right to vote.
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