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Five things about valentines day 

Lebanese citizens walk by Valentine's Day decorations, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
Lebanese citizens walk by Valentine's Day decorations, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Valentines Day is a day where people who are in love with each other express that feeling by ordering overpriced flowers, buying Mylar balloons and eating heart shaped steaks at expensive restaurants. Depending on your point of view, it's either a pressure packed emotional minefield, or just another day. 

With that in mind, here are five things about Valentines Day:

Flowers are big business: According to USA Today, UPS will deliver 88 million flowers today. That's about eight million pounds, or more than a half million boxes. 

Some people go to crazy lengths to show their love: A man in Florida built his wife a 14-foot Valentines Day themed missile to show his affection. The "ICBM" is called Cupid 1.

Some people hate it: The "Revolutionary League of Lost Souls" gets together every Valentines Day to protest the occasion carrying signs that read "Pulverize Valentines Day" and "Making out in public is terrorism". 

Does Valentines day cause a baby boom?: According to a study in the UK, it does. Or at least a small one. According to the study pregnancies are five percent higher this week than the rest of the year. 

People spend a lot of money: Celebrants will spend an average of $143.56 on Valentines Day this year according to Wallet Hub. Men spent twice as much as women on average. 

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Lebanese citizens walk by Valentine's Day decorations, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Lebanese citizens walk by Valentine's Day decorations, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›

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