Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day!

Here are some funny Valentines images I found recently - because anything about Rob Ford is automatically funny.

What single people do on Valentines.

March 15th - International Breakup Day

March 15th is the day on which the most couples break up (according to statistics gathered from Facebook relationship status updates).

What happens is after Valentines there is a sudden increase in breakups, culminating at a peak on March 15th - 29 days after Valentines.

Basically if one or both people screw up on Valentines the couple has 1 month to try to fix the situation otherwise many less-than-serious couples break up.

If they manage to make it to St Patricks Day (March 17th) then maybe all has been forgiven.

Another high point for breakups during the year is two weeks before Christmas - presumably so you don't have to get them a present, but it is beaten by a fair margin by the post Valentines breakups which skyrocket after Valentines and peak on March 15th.

I therefore declare March 15th to be "International Breakup Day".

Please feel free to breakup on that day - and be specific about it: "You messed up Valentines and I can't forgive you for ruining my fanciful and unrealistic expectations."

Because seriously, breakups 2 weeks before Christmas and 1 month after Valentines are evidently the result of unrealistic expectations and selfishness. So you might as well admit to it.

"I am breaking up with you because on Valentines you didn't get reservations."

"I am breaking up with you because you didn't spend enough money on Valentines Day."

"I am breaking up with you because I have unrealistc expectations of romantic gestures."


In the USA, Budweiser promotes June 2nd as National Breakup Day. According to Yahoo! Inc. however it is January 11th. According to Virgin Mobile it is February 13th (the day before Valentines)... Another source says it is April 9th.

But none of these have any statistics to back up their declarations. Thus March 15th makes much more sense, especially since Budweiser, Yahoo and Virgin Mobile are brands - but Valentines is celebrated internationally, even in non Christian countries.

5 Valentines Gift Ideas

If you don't get the right gift for your lover for Valentines you could be in for a nasty breakup (although to be fair, if they are insistent on a gift then they are immature and greedy).

Nevertheless, if you are in the gift giving mood here is 5 ideas!

#1. Archery Lessons / Archery Equipment

Thanks to Katniss and the Hunger Games, archery equipment and archery lessons are all the rage right now. Not just for women, but for men too. While buying archery equipment can be expensive (expect to spend over $300 if you want decent equipment), you can just purchase archery lessons from a place that provides the equipment for you. eg. CardioTrek.ca provides archery lessons in Toronto, with the equipment provided.

#2. New Bicycle

Nothing says romance like going for Spring bicycle rides together. If their old bicycle is broken, get them a new bicycle and they can sell their old bicycle on Craigslist. (So it is a bit like giving them a new bicycle PLUS some extra cash.)

#3. Dancing Lessons

Ah, dancing... Seriously. If they have two working legs you cannot go wrong with dancing lessons.

#4. A Thoughtful Gift or Big Ticket Item

This requires you to seriously think about past things they said they wanted. You really need to pay attention to figure that one out, but if you do and it is within your budget, absolutely get them it. Another option is the Big Ticket Item - which is usually for married couples. Big ticket items are things like...

"My husband got me a new car for Valentines!"

"The wife got me a pool table!"

#5. Stick to the Classics

The classics are: Chocolate, wine, alcohol, roses - and also possibly a gift card to a shoe store or a store that sells tools. When doing the classics you should try to nail down 2 or 3 different items so you put more effort into it. eg. Roses, chocolates and a gift card would be a good combo.

Things NOT to give them on Valentines... adult products for the bedroom (unless you know they're really into that sort of thing), lingerie (again, only if they are into that), books (unless it is exceptionally thoughtful), cash, pets, bad news...