Valentine’s Day, Then and Now

Now:

Something “shiny.”

Whereas practical gifts like winter clothing and accessories were way up in 2010, in 2011 Valentine’s Day jewelry purchases are projected to be up in the U.S., with 17.3 percent of survey respondents saying they’ll by something shiny, versus 15.5 last year.

Valentine’s Day Facts: Gifts, History, and Love Science

Then:

Goatskin whips.

The lovers’ holiday traces its roots to raucous annual Roman festivals where men stripped naked, grabbed goat- or dog-skin whips, and spanked young maidens in hopes of increasing their fertility,

Valentine’s Day Facts: Gifts, History, and Love Science

 

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