By: Zack Duvall
With love in the air, excluding perhaps on Capitol Hill, here are 5 quick facts about Valentine’s Day and all of the lovey feelings that make this day special:
1. In honor of a man, not an emotion
Valentine’s Day wasn’t always about finally sending that one girl from math class a letter confessing your undying love for her, or smoothing over a 6-month old argument with the wife or significant other (I say that as a guy who has been there, speaking to my fellow men). It actually started as a tribute to Saint Valentinus, a Roman era Bishop, who went against the ban Emperor Claudius II put in place to prevent soldiers from getting married. He was later executed for his actions.
2. Nothing says “I love you” like a card
According to estimates by researchers, yes they research this, over 50% of Americans who celebrate Valentine’s Day do so with a card every year.
3. Oh those lovey feelings!
Studies done on how the brain reacts to the emotion of “love” and the process it uses to relay those feelings, have concluded they are actually very similar to those that people who suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)or take cocaine display. Which would explain those late night compulsive texts you don’t know why you can’t stop sending. Seriously, we’ve all had one of those nights, don’t feel bad.
4. The third times the charm… or something like that
According to surveys and studies, the average person falls “in love” a whopping SEVEN times before marriage. I could make a couple jokes with this one, especially with how my generation acts in this regard. For the sake of trying to expand this site I’ll simply leave this point with a “hmmmm”….
5. To be fair, she was literally his one and ONLY…
In 2014, it was reported that an Arizona inmate climbed two walls and somehow managed to skirt the razor wire surrounding the jail he was housed at all in the name of spending Valentine’s day with his girlfriend. Again, to be fair, the realization that he was going to be sent to a place where the “girls” could have more manhood than him, probably made him appreciate the importance of this holiday a little more than he did before. But at any rate, I wonder when the wedding is?