Thursday, January 27, 2011

A few facts about V.D.

That's Valentine's Day. What else would V.D. stand for?...OH, right. That V.D
Well, here's a few facts about Valentine's Day...I can not help you with the other V.D.

1. Teachers receive the most valentines annually.
2. Mailed valentines became very popular in the 1800's following a drop in postal rates. This also allowed for people to be anonymous so they would send rather racy valentines with impunity from the Victorian morals of the time.
3.Valentines day SUPPOSEDLY stemmed from an edict by Emperor Claudius in Rome stating that all young men must stay single because he believed unmarried men made better soldiers. Bishop Valentine defied these orders and married people anyway.
4. Brazil celebrates Valentine's Day on June 12, because February 14 is too close to Carnival and it is thought that the celebration and debauchery would overshadow Valentine's Day.
5. It is theorized that the one of the origins of the heart shape is that it is a symbol of a woman's buttocks... think about it; turn a heart upside down and you get, to put it bluntly, butt cheeks.
6. Vinegar Valentines were also popular in the Victorian era. These were "valentines" that had insults printed on them instead of flowery sonnets. Seems like a dick move to mail out an insult valentine, but the Victorians didn't have reality TV to keep themselves occupied, so I guess they had to channel douche bag behavior somehow.
7. The Captain and Tenille were married on Valentine's Day. Love WILL keep them together.
8. In Medieval times, young men and women would draw names of available people from a hat, then pin that name on their sleeve and wear it around for a week. That's where we get the expression "wear your heart on your sleeve."
8. 15% of single women send flowers to themselves on Valentine's Day. 10% of those women are named Cathy (OK,I made up that last statistic because I thought of the comic strip Cathy, but the 15% is true).
9. Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine's day in the 1800's
10. The earliest versions of the Necco Sweetheart conversation hearts were invented in 1866. While the recipe is secret, I suspect they are made of cardboard and Pepto Bismol.
11. *bonus fact* It's Valentine's Day with an "N." Not ValenTIMES Day. Seriously, get it right.

Need a Valentine's Day gift? Here you go: http://www.etsy.com/listing/65758136/victorian-valentine-necklace-steampunk


2 comments:

  1. This is beautiful, I love love love victorian greeting/post card art so much! I adore the little clocks too!
    LOL @ "Seems like a dick move to mail out an insult valentine, but the Victorians didn't have reality TV to keep themselves occupied, so I guess they had to channel douche bag behavior somehow."

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  2. Laughing so hard! haha.. Beautiful, crafty and a master of words! WHere does it stop?!

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