You probably know that Valentine’s Day is February 14th – but here are some interesting Valentine’s Day trivia facts you may not be aware of!!
· Every year over 1 billion Valentine’s cards are sent – second only to Christmas.
· The people who receive the most Valentine’s cards are teachers. They deserve it!
· Most flowers sold in the
Valentine’s Day are imported from South America.
· Richard Cadbury sold the first Valentine’s Day box of chocolates in 1868.
· This year over $1 billion will be spent on Valentine’s chocolates.
· It is believed that St. Valentine was put to death on February 14th. His last letter to his love (the jailer’s daughter) was signed, “From Your Valentine.”
· NECCO has been making heart-shaped candies with sweet sayings since 1902!
· Alexander Graham Bell applied for his telephone patent on Valentine’s Day in 1876. Many years later on February 14th penicillin was introduced!
· Men spend approximately twice as much as women for Valentine’s Day!
Okay – now that you are an expert on Valentine’s Day – is your mouth ready? Here are some things you can do to make sure!!
· Avoid foods that can cause bad breath such as garlic, onions and curry. While these foods are believed to be healthy, they can cause a kissing disaster unless your mate participates too!
· Use lip balm frequently. The cold winter months can make your lips feel like alligator skin!
· Drink water often throughout the day. This washes food particles out of your mouth and prevents dehydration, a leading cause of foul breath.
· If you are a fan of gum or mints, try those which contain Xylitol. Unlike sugar, it’s not harmful to your teeth, and actually fights off bad bacteria.
· Mouthwash can be good, but if your mouthwash contains alcohol (as many do) be careful! It can dry out the tissues of your mouth causing damage and a characteristic bad smell.