Like quizzes? I don't either! So this one is going to be easy -- the answers are at the end of the questions. No penalty for peeking. However, if you want a challenge, don't look!
Who was St. Valentine?
a) A priest who secretly married couples in defiance of Roman law
b) A prisoner who sent the first valentine
c) A priest who helped Christians escape Roman prisons
d) All of the above
e) No one knows for sure
Any of the above answers could be correct. The source I found said the namesake of Valentine's Day is "shrouded in mystery," but could be any of the three men in a, b, or c above. However, this source said all three of these possible saints were killed for their actions. Not our current happily-ever-after ending!
Why is Valentine's Day celebrated in February?
a) This is when St. Valentine -- whoever he is -- died
b) This is the beginning of birds' mating season
c) The greeting card companies needed an additional source of income after the holiday slump
My source said either a or b. I don't if c is true or not!
When were the first mass-produced valentines sold?
a) in the 1840s
b) in the early 1900s
Esther A. Howland began to sell elaborate valentines of lace, ribbons and pictures in the 1840s.
How many marriages occur in the U.S. annually?
a) 2.2 million
b) 5 million
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 2.2 million marriages take place annually. That's 6,000 marriages per day.
How many pounds of candy did Americans eat on average in 2005?
a) 25.7 pounds
b) 12 pounds
c) 46.2 pounds
My source says Americans ate an average of 25.7 pounds of candy in 2005, down from 27 pounds in 1997.
What flower was the most popular in 2005?
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, lilies brought in $76.9 million in 2005, tulips earned $39.1 million that year, and roses came in third at $39 million.
Now, a question for all you romantics: did you send or receive a Valentine's Day card? Why or why not? Hope you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day!