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  • Deb

    Mothers Day , Valentines day and then Xmas ans Thanksgiving are the way the cost factor goes for holidays as I was a florist for many years.

  • I found #1 interesting – North American women have it pretty good right now, we aren't really expected to spend a lot of money on our men yet we get lots of goodies… Of course, we do carry babies around for 9 months and then give birth to them so I think Mother's day should be a big deal! And, let's face it, guys have an ulterior motive for buying Valentine's gifts.

    • Don

      “And, let’s face it, guys have an ulterior motive for buying Valentine’s gifts.”
      Yes, unfortunately most women feel their affection must be bought. In my time I’ve bought valentines gifts for nothing more than just to say “I love you”. Sometimes I hope you love me back, and maybe you’re attracted enough to me that I can spend some time with you. Sometimes I simply want to give a gift to the woman who makes my life bearable. Women like you unfortunately feel entitled and thus must be bought gifts first, else your courtship is doomed from the start.

      A very typical “girl” response there indeed Tanya. You might carry the child around for 9 months, and I’ll even agree that those nine months are a literal pain culminating in labour pains (my wife and I have ha dfour kids, I was there every step of the way). Thing is, you expect us to be serfs for the next five decades in return.

      “Honey, I need a new car, I really didn’t see that wall. Yeah, I wrote the last one off too, tough I carried the baby for nine months.”
      “Honey, we need to rewallpaper the house. Do it yourself, I carried the baby for nine months”
      “Honey, well done for getting those shares worth 25k from work. Now sell them and buy me that diamond ring worth 20k. Nine months, kids, birth, do it”

      Don’t get me wrong. It’s a wonderful thing, being the mothers of our children. Using it as blackmail over the next 50 years of serfdom gets stale pretty quick.

      • I think you are taking my comments to the farthest extreme. I said that Mother’s Day should be a big deal not that motherhood should be the foundation for 50 years of blackmail. But, I should have said “many” guys have an ulterior motive – there are some good guys out there, I married one so I know 🙂

        • I’m impressed. You are replying to a comment made from a comment you made over 2 years ago. I should hire you! 😉

  • rookgaroo

    This list would make more sense if it didn’t have “surprising’ in the heading. None of these facts are surprising and most of them tip off other facts, such as condom and pregnancy test sales, as you pointed out. And it’s not only unsurprising that women buy more cards and men buy more flowers, but that also explains why women spend half as much.
    And florists do a brisk business on Valentine’s Day?!? There’s a shocker. And I seriously doubt most Valentine’s money is spent on teachers and children with wives and girlfriends coming in last.

  • Adalae Gild

    Actually, I think one of the reasons for #1 to be true is White Day in Japan.

    I think it's in March or April, but it's the day that the men give their gifts to women.

  • Jenni

    White Day is one day after Valentines Day (March 14).

  • MADELAINE

    WELL, Am i the only woman which spend more money on valentenine gift than men

  • Brandon

    #'s 2 and 3 kinda mess eachother up first girls prefer cards to flowers very next fact flowers are a mans best friend?! skeeetchy

  • Presents for boyfrie

    Nice sum-up, enjoyed reading it! Actually didn't know most of these Valentine facts 😀

  • isa

    "While most women consider Valentine's Day to be a celebration of love and intimacy, many men consider it nothing more than an artificial holiday cooked up by the floral and greeting card industries."

    Seriously. There are plenty of women who consider Valentine's Day to be a bunch of commercial BS, thank you very much.

  • Indonesia Hits

    anyway, i dislike to celebrate the valentine day, no matter what I'm.

    love not only showed in 14 February, but in every days, every hours, every minutes, and every seconds

  • heh

    Stupid list. Surprising facts? More like common sense.

  • Thamios

    One thing you missed is that Valentines Day in Japan has a Male-to-Female counterpart. It’s called White Day, and falls on March 14th. Just as women are supposed to buy chocolate for the ones they care about on V-day, Men are expected to buy white chocolate on White day.

    Fun Fact: White Panty sales jump right before 3/14 in Japan each year. Look it up.

  • riotroy

    the video on Japanese valentines day says it all – obligation chocolate (who made that term up???)
    http://www.japansugoi.com/wordpress/japansugoi-valentines-day/

  • this guy

    To explain Valentines Day in Japan a little…The woman buys a valentines day gift for a guy on V-Day. If the guy likes her, a month later on White Day he buys her a gift. If not, he doesn’t. He’s got a month to decide. That was the traditional way, but obvs it has evolved now. Just thought I’d add some insight from Japan.

  • DyNama

    another fact is that more babies are born in September than any other month, so we must be more careful–hence the condoms–for valentines day than new years day. in fact, i would suspect the pregnancy tests in march are more women not forgetting their auld lang synes than being someone’s valentine, march still being early.

  • kerri

    i didn’t realize, White Day was made up by candy makers to sell more candy
    http://www.japansugoi.com/wordpress/white-day-in-japan-girls-expect-gifts/

  • Chris

    I don’t see the purpose of Valentine’s Day. Isn’t it far more important to show love to your partner every day, in big and little ways, than to reserve it all for a particular day?

  • Sophie

    I wouldn’t call any of those facts surprising.

  • lily

    #3
    no we don’t

  • moooo

    What?? Sex on valentines day? Shocker…

  • Rhonda Donda

    There is defiantly more to love in a relationship than sex!

  • DAVID WARDLE

    I think you should treat your partner like it is Valentine’s Day… 365 / 366 days a year! — DAVID WARDLE

  • Alex Guthrie

    None of those facts surprise me and flowers definitely are man’s best friend! They get you out of bad situations.

    • Shell Harris

      That is why the list is titled, Not-so-surprising Facts.