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HAPPY VALENTINE’S! BY THE NUMBERS By Steve Gill

estimated average amount per person in the U.S. spent on Valentine’s Day 2013

3

estimated amount Americans spend on Valentine’s Day … candy. Just candy.

weeks Whitney Houston’s cover of “The Greatest Love of All” topped the Billboard chart in 1986

35 3

years since The Romantics confided “What I Like About You”

Academy Awards won by “Casablanca,” which holds the #1 spot in the American Film Institute’s Greatest Love Stories of All Time

1594

approximate year Shakespeare wrote “The course of true love never did run smooth”

6

characters who die during “Romeo and Juliet” (It bears repeating: this really wasn’t a romance for the ages)

Median age when first married for U.S. men/women in 2013 – numbers that are trending upward

496

year Pope Gelasius I co-opted the ancient Roman festival Lupercalia into a Christian feast day for Saint Valentine

27,275

marriage licenses issued in Oklahoma in 2013

17,227

divorce decrees issued in Oklahoma in 2013; the lowest total in ten years

1.8

2013 divorce rate in Alfalfa County, the state’s lowest

$5

cost of obtaining a marriage license in Oklahoma County with a certificate avowing completion of a premarital counseling program ($50 without)

6

months Oklahomans must wait after a divorce to remarry (unless it’s to their previous spouse)

9,742

estimated 2013 population of Love County, Oklahoma

155

marriage licenses issued in Love County in 2013 FEBRUARY 2015 // SLICE 25

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Slice February 2015  

Slice is a lifestyle magazine serving central Oklahoma, featuring restaurants, events, shopping and culture.

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Slice is a lifestyle magazine serving central Oklahoma, featuring restaurants, events, shopping and culture.

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