Feb 14, 2010

pilo's valentine

something to share. an article from TopTenz and my commentary is in yellow.

10. Women Spend Half As Much As Men

Although women tend to make a bigger deal about Valentine’s Day than men, when it comes to money spent, they are only half as committed to the holiday as their masculine counterparts. Last year, on average, each American male spent over $150 dollars on his respective love interest. The average woman, on the other hand, dolled out only 85 bucks.

this is only true if they have a guy at the other end, they may be spending more if they buy flowers for themselves. Skip to No. 5

9. Condom Sales Are Highest on Valentine’s Day

According to condom giant Durex, prophylactic sales are about 25 percent higher than usual on Valentine’s Day. This interesting fact may help explain the statistics reported in fact ten. The reality is that men become awfully generous around February 14 and fact number nine seems to reveal why.

The sales doesn't really reflect the score or probably it is the hope to score that up the sales. I guess with the no-panties Valentine campaign this year, the hope may be higher making the sales skyrocket. Hmmn... I wonder whether the condom company is behind the no-panties campaign.

8. March and Pregnancy Tests go Hand in Hand

This interesting fact seems to follow naturally from number nine. Statistically, at-home pregnancy test sales reach their zenith in the month following Valentine’s Day as the consequences of all those romantic couplings are realized.

This effectively shows that condom may not be the best contraception around.

7. Florists Make A Killing Around Valentine’s Day

It may come as no surprise to learn that florists tend to jack up their prices around February 14. However, the actual dollar amounts are eye-popping. The cost of a dozen roses skyrockets as much as 30 percent around the romantic season reaching as high as $100 when individual stocks run low.

No doubt. My wallet always have this annual massive haemorrhage.

6. Millions Purchase Valentines for Their Pets

You may think the day of love is only for those in romantic relationships. However, single people need love too, and when a suitable human is not available, they turn to the next best thing. According to several surveys, as many as nine million people purchase Valentine’s Day presents for their pets each year.

This certainly surprise me. Now I am wondering what to give my pet next year... Do I seriously have to get one for 'Lucky'?

5. Women Don’t Need Men on Valentine’s Day

If you’ve ever seen women comparing Valentine’s Day bouquets at the office, you know size does matter. However, as far as many women are concerned, anything is better than nothing. Surprisingly, as much as 15 percent of American women send themselves roses on February 14 to save face in front of their judging co-workers.

So much for gender equality.

4. Romance is Only A Tiny Part Valentine’s Day

Although it may seem like the greeting card industry relies on the promise of sex for much of its sales, romantic encounters have nothing to do with the majority of their profits. Statistically, most Valentine money is spent on teachers, followed by children, moms and, finally, wives and girlfriends.

This, in fact, is the most positive thing about Valentine. It's not about the lust, no panty and sex, it is about expressing care and love in a much broader, sincere way.

3. Women Prefer Cards to Flowers

When it comes to Valentines Day, women are relatively miserly compared to their free-spending husbands and boyfriends. However, they do appear to rank higher in sentimentality. Of the one billion valentines purchased every year, females are responsible for over 80 percent of all sales.

Words can always melt a girl's heart.

2. Flowers Are A Man’s Best Friend

While women prefer to express their romantic feelings through a carefully-selected greeting card, men seem to prefer the traditional means. Husbands and boyfriends buy over seventy percent of all the flowers bought on Valentine’s Day each year.

And flowers are just the fireworks and great fanfare behind the sincere words...

1. In Japan, Men Receive More Valentines

Just as mega-jeweler De Beers used clever marketing to cultivated the traditional presentation of a diamond as an engagement present in the U.S., Japanese companies have forged a similar campaign to encourage spending on Valentine’s Day. Except their marketing ploy is aimed at women. Thanks to a powerful campaign by the Japan’s chocolate industry, Japanese women are now traditionally expected to purchase chocolate for their men every Valentine’s Day.

OK, note to self, be in Japan next Valentine, unless it clashes with Chinese New Year.

my most valentines last year...



seahorse27 said...

Last day of CNY, wish u Gong Xi Fa Cai! This is dunno the how many hundredth time I come to your blog to find it kinda 'not breathing'... update pls :)

pilocarpine said...

happy CHap Goh meh to you, too..

lots of work in office, most of it management stuf...

thanks for 100th time visit.. haha..

P.S. interested to be my guest blogger?

seahorse27 said...

What is a guest blogger?

pilocarpine said...

guest blogger:
means u write something which I really feel very tuned in with my life, and i'l put it up in my blog and credited to u...

but my blog is just kacang puteh blog, not big time celebrity blog, haha...