17 Facts to Know This February

Pulse cannot guarantee the accuracy of the entries on this page, but they will make you sound smart at a cocktail party.

Men purchase nearly 75 percent of all flowers bought on Valentine’s Day. 15 percent of women send themselves flowers.

The richest 85 individuals in the world are wealthier than the poorest 3.5 billion people combined.

Olympian Bruce Jenner’s debut was a relay race in Des Moines, Iowa in 1970. He placed fifth.

We love you, Arizona. It became the 48th state on Valentine’s Day in 1912.

The Statue of Liberty stood in France for about a year before it was brought to America by ship, protected in 214 crates.

The man who won the most Oscars wasn’t an actor. It was Walt Disney. He has 22 golden statues to his name.

“Vinegar Valentines” once enjoyed popularity in the United States. People of all classes sent the insulting, nasty and mean-spirited cards. The greatest offense may have been that the recipient was required to pay the postage.

If you lived 180 years ago, you could’ve attended the first Mardi Gras parade in 1837. You would’ve had to wait another 20 years to see the famous floats.

The state sport of Maryland is jousting.

At age 62, Louis Armstrong surpassed The Beatles at the top of the pop charts.

So the story goes, Punxsutawney Phil was named after King Phillip. Prior to being named Phil, he was called Br’er Groundhog.

The top five main draw numbers for the Powerball lottery are 26, 16, 41, 22 and 32.

Since about 1960, buildings in Mexico City have sunk an average of 30 feet below where they were then.

Verona, the hometown of Romeo and Juliet, receives hundreds of letters for Juliet each Valentine’s Day.

President Harding was keen on gambling—though it doesn’t appear he was very good. He once bet the White House china collection and lost it all in one hand.

February is the only month that can pass without a full moon. The last time it happened was 1999 and it will happen again this year.

Thomas Jefferson could read in seven languages.