Some strange Valentine tales

February 9, 2015

Men believe in flowers more than women and chocolates were prescribed for virility in the 1800s.

  • valentineMany believe the `X’ symbol became synonymous with the kiss in medieval times. People who couldn’t write their names signed in front of a witness with an `X’. The `X’ was then kissed to show their sincerity.
  • Seventy three per cent men gift flowers on V-Day, while only 27 per cent women gift flowers to men.
  • In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned onto their sleeves for one week for everyone to see. This was the origin of the expression “to wear your heart on your sleeve”.
  • Casanova, well known as the world’s greatest lover, ate chocolate to make him virile.
  • Physicians of the 1800s commonly advised their patients to eat chocolate to calm their pining for lost love.
  • During the mid-17th century, even married folk took a Valentine and that person was not always their legal significant other.
  • It was believed that if a woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentine’s Day, it meant she would marry a sailor.
  • Some never give up. The Countess of Newburgh gave the brush-off to an Earl 15 times and locked him out of her house. So, he climbed down her chimney and pledged his love. It was a case of 16th time lucky.

-Agencies

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