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Quiz! Valentine’s Day Traditions: Fact Or Fiction?

Much like finding true love, this quiz is hard! But, also like true love, worth the effort.

  1. 1. In Victorian England, a woman seeing a sparrow fly overhead on Valentine's Day was destined to marry poor but happy.
    1. True.
    2. False.
  2. 2. Meanwhile, a woodpecker overhead meant the lady would marry an, ahem, well-endowed man.
    1. True.
    2. False.
  3. 3. Valentine's Day is rooted in the Feb. 15th Roman holiday Lupercalia, during which women would place their names into an urn and become the lover of the man who drew their name for the next year.
    1. True.
    2. False.
  4. 4. Exchanging written Valentine's began as early as the 10th century A.D.
    1. True.
    2. False.
  5. 5. The oldest surviving written Valentine is from a Italian priest to his mistress brought the tradition into fashion.
    1. True.
    2. False.
  6. 6. In medieval Sussex, February 14th was known as Birds' Wedding Day, believing it to be the day birds chose their life mates.
    1. True.
    2. False.
  7. 7. In modern day South Korea, those who do not receive Valentine's Day gifts go out on April 14th to commiserate with a meal of black noodles.
    1. True.
    2. False.
  8. 8. February 14th in Japan is marked by "obligation chocolate" where men are expected to give candy to their female friends and "true feeling chocolate" which is given to spouses or girlfriends.
    1. True.
    2. False.
  9. 9. The concept of children exchanging Valentine's with each other dates back to the Middle Ages.
    1. True.
    2. False.

Hat tip to History Channel and Foreign Students for the facts!

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