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Interesting V-day trivia

india Updated: Feb 13, 2010 02:10 IST

Fertility legend
Valentine’s Day is said to have a connection with fertility as it falls on February 14. Legend has it that wild birds mate on this day.

Love in the Middle Ages
During the Middle Ages in the UK, unmarried women believed that the first man they saw on Valentine’s Day would be their future spouse.

A duke’s love
The oldest known Valentines (love messages) were sent way back in 1415 AD by Duke of Orleans to his French wife, while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London. They are still on display in a museum in England.

Ode to a beloved
One of the oldest surviving love poems till date is inscribed on a clay tablet dating to the time of the Sumerians, inventors of
writing, around 3500 B.C.

Shakespearean love
Verona, the beautiful Italian city where Shakespeare’s theatrical characters Romeo and Juliet lived, receives almost 1,000 letters every Valentine’s Day addressed to Juliet.