~Did You Know~
.~. . About 3% of pet owners will give Valentine's Day gifts to their pets.
.~. Valentine's Day and Mother's Day are the biggest holidays for giving flowers. Worldwide, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine's Day each year.
.~. California produces 60 percent of American roses, but the vast number sold on Valentine's Day in the United States are imported, mostly from South America. Approximately 110 million roses, the majority red, will be sold and delivered within a three-day time period.
.~. Men buy most of the millions of boxes of candy and bouquets of flowers given on Valentine's Day.
.~. Richard Cadbury invented the first Valentines Day candy box in the late 1800s.
.~. Alexander Graham Bell applied for his patent on the telephone, an "Improvement in Telegraphy", on Valentine's Day, 1876.
.~. Amongst the earliest Valentine's Day gifts were candies. The most common were chocolates in heart shaped boxes.