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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Today is Valentine's Day. If you haven't done anything for your sweetheart yet, there is still time to get them a card.
141 million Valentine's Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine's Day the second-most popular greeting card giving occasion next to Christmas.
Or you could try flowers. Over 50 million roses are given for Valentine's Day each year.
But there are other Valentine's Day traditions...
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Today's Random Fact:
According to the condom company Durex, condom sales are highest around Valentine's Day, which are 20-30 percent higher than usual.
Not surprisingly, more at-home pregnancy tests are sold in March than in any other month.
The roots of St. Valentine's Day can be traced back to the Roman fertility festival of Lupercalia. On Lupercalia, a young man would draw the name of a young woman in a lottery and would then keep the woman as a companion for the year.
On February 14, 1929, seven members of the North Side Gang in Chicago, plus gang collaborators Reinhardt H. Schwimmer and John May, were lined up against the rear inside wall of a garage and executed as part of a Prohibition-era conflict. This brutal gang murder became known as the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre.