Monday, February 14, 2011

Be My Valentine

Ready for some Valentine's Day fun? I was perusing the interwebs and found some fun Valentine's Day facts.

Check out Nadia Lee's post on Magic and Mayhem to learn more about Valentine's Day in Japan. For instance, did you know that in Japan women are required to give men Obligation Chocolate? You heard me right. Read the full post for all the interesting details.

I came across another site full of Valentine's Day facts and superstitions. Here's a few fun snippets:

Heart-shaped chew toys, anyone? About 3% of pet owners will give Valentine's Day gifts to their pets.

73% of people who buy flowers for Valentine's Day are men, while only 27 percent are women. Way to go, guys! You're doing something right!

In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling. Does anyone else think we should bring this back in fashion? Me either.

Romance never dies, people! The oldest surviving love poem till date is written in a clay tablet from the times of the Sumerians, inventors of writing, around 3500 B.C.

Parents receive 1 out of every 5 valentines. Aww! 'Nough said.

And what V-day would be complete without a little smooching. Did you know...

Kissing isn't only fun, it's EXERCISE! French kissing involves all 34 muscles in the face. A pucker kiss involves only two.

The term “French kiss” came into the English language around 1923 as a slur on the French culture which was thought to be overly concerned with sex. In France, it’s called a tongue kiss or soul kiss because if done right, it feels as if two souls are merging. In fact, several ancient cultures thought that mouth-to-mouth kissing mingled two lovers’ souls. I LOVE this one, and I'm pretty sure I don't have to tell you why! ;)

Passionate kissing burns 6.4 calories a minute. A Hershey’s kiss contains 26 calories, which takes five minutes of walking–or about four minutes of kissing–to burn off. A good kiss can TOTALLY justify that chocolate your man bought you, right?

Colgate's got nothing on tongue wrestling! Kissing is good for teeth. The anticipation of a kiss increases the flow of saliva to the mouth, giving the teeth a plaque-dispersing bath.

Want some more sexy kissing facts? Check out this link.

Hope your day is full of Love and Kisses! And not just the chocolate kind! ;)


Susan R. Mills said...

Interesting facts! 34 muscles are used to French kiss? Who needs to exercise then, right?

Jennifer Shirk said...

WOW, those were some really cool facts!!
Happy V-day!

Jennifer Hillier said...

These are great facts! Kissing burns 6.4 calories? Now I have an excuse to eat even more chocolate...

Colene Murphy said...

Haha! This was awesome! I love all the lovey type facts!! Made my day!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

This was an awesome post. Now I have another reason to give my husband several passionate kisses a day. :D

Sarah Bromley said...

I love random facts, and these are definitely some good fodder for writing love scenes.