23 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Valentine’s Day

Whether you love the holiday for its sentimentalism, or loathe it for commoditizing intimacy, Valentine’s Day is hard to ignore. Learn a little bit more about the billion-dollar holiday with us as we prepare for yet another onslaught of cards, flowers and candy with these little-known Valentine’s Day facts:

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Valentines Day Facts Skull Valentine Beheaded

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Valentines Day Facts Almond Tree

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Valentines Day Facts Saint Valentine

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Valentines Day Facts Juliet Of Verona

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Valentines Day Facts Heart Cards

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Valentines Day Facts Chocolate Medicine

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Valentines Day Facts Women Flowers

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Valentines Day Facts Proposal

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Valentines Day Facts Pet Valentine

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Valentines Day Facts Candy Hearts

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Valentines Day Facts Cupid

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Valentines Day Facts King Henry VIII

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Valentines Day Facts Hallmark

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Valentines Day Facts Japan

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Valentines Day Facts Medieval Food

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Valentines Day Facts Duke Orleans

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Valentines Day Facts Heart Sleeve

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Valentines Day Facts Chocolate Heart

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Valentines Day Facts England 1700

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Six Supposed Carcinogens That Are Actually Perfectly Safe

For decades, we’ve lived in fear of these six supposed carcinogens. But the facts behind these cancer myths reveal why none of them will actually harm us, and how these crazy claims first got started.

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Even today, many of the most basic facts about cancer — 8 million people will die this year, $47 trillion worth of economic burden will be placed on world economies over the next two decades in an effort to fight back — are utterly devastating. As important as it is to accept and deal with facts like these, there are far too many other things that go underreported.

On the one hand, there’s the good news. For example, according to the National Cancer Institute’s Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975-2011, cancer mortality rates have been dropping steadily since the early 1990s. Cancer incidence rates have been decreasing among men for over a decade and been decreasing among children since the 1970s (rates among women have remained stable). Furthermore, recent studies have found that up to 70% of cancers are preventable.

On the other hand, there are many prevalent cancer myths — the scary news that doesn’t actually have any basis in fact. And this is the news we truly need to be aware of, and stop spreading. You’ve surely heard that the following six things will give you cancer, but, rest assured, according to the National Cancer Institute, they won’t:

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33 Panda Facts That Will Make You Fall In Love With Pandas All Over Again

We adore pandas. We make special trips to a small number of select zoos just to see them. They’re the face of the World Wildlife Fund. But how much do we really know about them? We know they eat bamboo, but few people are aware of the rest of their surprising (and bloody) diet. We know they’re black and white, but even the scientists researching them aren’t entirely sure why. We know they’re endangered, but you’d be amazed at the lengths conservationists have gone to, to get them to mate (panda porn, believe it or not, is a thing). Discover more strange but illuminating panda facts below:

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Helpless Blind Newborns

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Tiny Newborn Size

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Not Strict Vegetarians

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Carnivore Vs Herbivore Digestion

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Pseudo Thumb Wrist

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Pliocene Epoch

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Extinction

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Small Conception Window

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Body Suits

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Disguises Cubs

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19 Astounding Facts And Rare Images From The Very First Super Bowl

In a few weeks, well over 100 million Americans will spend well over 10 billion dollars on food, drink, merchandise, and more in preparation for Super Bowl 50. In the host city of San Francisco alone, more than 1 million people will participate in Super Bowl Week events. Commercial advertisers will spend far more money per second than the average American family earns in a year. World-famous entertainers will take the stage. Tiffany & Co. will unveil the 33-pound, 18 karat gold-plated trophy it constructed for the winning team. And, finally, 60 minutes of football will be played.

When the first Super Bowl was played, in 1967, it had far more to do with those 60 minutes and less to do with everything else. These astounding Super Bowl I facts and rare images reveal how unbelievably different things were just a few decades ago.

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