By Robin J. Steinweg
*15% of American women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.
*3% of pet owners give their pets valentines. (awww)
*Sir Alexander Fleming introduced penicillin on February 14, 1929, the same day as Chicago’s Valentine’s Day Massacre. Same year the stock market crashed. On the upside, TinTin and Popeye made their debuts that year.
*People spend millions on Valentine’s Day for food, flowers, cards, gifts, and—chocolate!
*Some of the most expensive gifts:
• A six and a half million dollar pink diamond ring by Harry Winston. (’wonder how much a white one is?)
• A purse by Chanel for over two hundred thousand dollars. (no loose change inside)
• A Guerlain lipstick for over sixty thousand dollars. (doesn’t include poofy lips)
One of history’s great gifts of love is the Taj Mahal, built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in memorial of his wife. It took nearly 22 years to build.