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10 romantic facts about Valentine's Day

A few sweet Valentine's Day tidbits to get you in the mood for love.

By Kristin Wong Feb 12, 2013 5:43PM

Haven't yet been hit by Cupid's arrow? Not in the Valentine's Day spirit? Well, The Heart Beat is here to give you the romantic kick in the pants you need.

The V-Day bug bit us early this year, and we've been spending our days reading and researching some sweet Valentine's Day stories and statistics. We now bring you 10 romantic facts about Valentine's Day.

Photo: Facts about Valentine's Day / Sheri Blaney/Getty ImagesMore on MSN Living: 10 tips for a sexy and romantic Valentine's Day

  1. According to a recent survey, 85 percent of people celebrating Valentine's Day hope to make sex the centerpiece of their plans.
  2. Each year, Verona, Italy receives over 1,000 valentines addressed to Juliet of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
  3. In the mid-nineteenth century, Esther Howland became the "Mother of the Valentine." Howland is responsible for designing the first mass produced valentines in the United States. She was inspired by a card given to her by a friend from England. Overseas, valentines were already popular.
  4. In Japan, it's traditional for women to give men gifts on Valentine's Day—not the other way around. But not to worry—ladies get their turn a month later on a Japanese holiday called "White Day."
  5. In 2010, the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi offered a ridiculously elaborate Valentine's Day gift that came with a $1 million price tag. The offer included a week long stay, romantic dinner, helicopter flight, camel racing and perfume making. Yup—a million bucks and you still have to make your own perfume.
  6. Valentine's Day is thought to be named after Saint Valentine of Rome—a priest who performed illegal weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry.
  7. In the 1800s, doctors advised lovelorn patients to eat chocolate. Nothing wrong with that prescription.
  8. Cupid has been designated a symbol of Valentine's Day because he was the son of Venus, the Roman god of love and beauty.
  9. The red rose was Venus' favorite flower.
  10. In the Middle Ages, people believed that the first unmarried man a girls sees on Valentine's Day is her future husband.

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Still not in the Valentine's Day spirit? We recommend chocolate.

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