TOP•5 ; Valentine’s Day Facts

The day of love is upon us, and the only Valentine I have is an 800-pound horse named Jimmy Choo who can’t come fit through my front door!! I still love this to the moon and back though 🖤

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However, some people HATE spending Valentine’s Day alone!

Whether they think it makes them unlovable or weird or lame, it STINKS to be alone on a day that symbolizes love and compassion.

BUT!

I’m here to tell YOU some mind-blowing Valentine’s Day facts that might just raise your spirits!!

So without further ado, I give you my TOP•5 ; Valentine’s Day Facts!!

#5 ; Ystävänpäivä

Friends Day > Valentine’s Day

Who needs a lover when you’ve got your friends??

In Finland, instead of showing love to that special someone, you give things like gifts and cards to your friends to show them how much you love them 🖤

There are no heart-shaped truffles, only small tokens of appreciations like flowers or small, meaningful artifacts given to those who love and support you!

Isn’t that sweet?

I’d rather spend a day about love with my best friends, watching movies and just spending time together, reflecting on how much they mean to me 🙂

#4 ; Jewelry < Waste

You know those super cute necklaces or lovey-dovey bracelets that every girl longs for on Valentine’s Day?

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Yeah, that one?

Well, did you know that more than 34 metric tons of waste are produced by these pieces of gold jewelry?

The “No Dirty Gold” campaign targets gold sales. Gold mining is one of the dirtiest industries in the world, and more than 80% of mined gold is used to create different types of jewelry, such as the necklace above.

Because Valentine’s Day is the #1 holiday for gold jewelry sales in the United States, it’s the perfect time for “No Dirty Gold” campaigners to boycott and educate people on the gold industry.

“Gold loses its luster when it is produced at the expense of healthy communities, clean water and human rights.”

So don’t tarnish your love with dirty gold this Valentine’s Day!

#3 ; 9,000 Metric Tons of Carbon Dioxide

On the same note of love destroying our environment…

The traditional red rose, a sign of love dating back to ancient Rome, has a worse environmental impact than any other crop. 

“For European lovers, a 2007 study by Cranfield University in England found that 12,000 Kenyan roses resulted in 13,200 pounds (6,000 kilograms) of CO2, while the equivalent number grown in a Dutch hothouse emitted 77,150 pounds (35,000 kilograms) of CO2.”

In addition to emitting TONS of carbon dioxide, the pesticides used to keep the roses beautiful are harmful to other plant species and animals, such as bees, birds, and bugs.

“Roses may be red, but they’re definitely not green according to research from Scientific American.”

#2 ; Cupid

Although he’s the son of Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty, I think there’s nothing romantic about a naked man shooting arrows at people to make them fall in love!

Cupid is kind of weird man!

Cupid’s name is derived from the Roman word “cupido”, which means desire. Son of Hermes and Venus, he is the messenger of love.

But mythology shows that society’s beloved angel wasn’t always so well behaved…

Until he fell for a human named Psyche, he used to shoot people who weren’t compatible with arrows to watch them fall in love with one another just for his own entertainment.

While many people argue that Cupid is supposed to be a sign of love, I’ve always been a bit skeptical.

Most of what he did, as described by Roman mythology, was for his own pleasure and entertainment, and he was kind of a crazy person.

Winged Cupid, rash and hardy, who by his evil manners, contemning all public justice and law, armed with fire and arrows, running up and down in the nights from house to house, and corrupting lawful marriages of every person, doth nothing but evil.”

While this is just my opinion, there is plenty of evidence to support my claim, although I’ll let you decide for yourself if you believe in the fat-angel-baby known as Cupid.

#1 ; The Origins of Valentine’s Day

Nothing says I love you more than sacrificing animals, beating women with whips, and being executed.

Yes, I’m still talking about Valentine’s Day. 

The ancient Romans, who were known for wild and different ways, could be responsible for the naming of this holiday.

Not only did Emporer Claudius II have two men named Valentine executed on February 14 in the span of a few years, but one of these men, Bishop Valentine, was illegally marrying couples during wartime.

Enraged by his refusal to obey the law, Valentine was executed.

However, before he was executed, the bishop wrote a letter to the jailor’s daughter, signing it “from your Valentine.”

“Claudius {the Cruel} believed that Roman men were unwilling to join the army because of their strong attachment to their wives and families. To get rid of the problem, Claudius banned all marriages and engagements in Rome. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret.”

So yeah.

The holiday of love started with a cruel emperor banning marriage and ended with a guy doing illegal transaction being executed by the government. 

Sounds like true love to me!

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