St. Valentine’s Day Quiz


Hello, everyone. My quizzes have appeared in two local Hampton Roads, Virginia newspapers, The Yorktown Crier / Poquoson Post and The Bulletin Post, over the years. Happy St. Valentine’s Day!!!

Can anyone go 14 for 14?

Good luck!


     Ah, St. Valentine’s Day. It is that magical time of year when love is in the air, hearts are fond, and flowers are abloom. It is a time for lovesick couples to get engaged and a time for romantic renewal. Of course, for single persons like myself it is actually a time to overeat comforting carbohydrates and watch those cool old Charlie Brown Valentine’s Day specials. How much do you really know about this most enchanting time of the year though? So why not grab your favorite comfy slippers and a warm mug of cocoa and take yet another fun and educational quiz by John F. Hamilton.

Try to solve without Googling first

Spoiler Alert – Answers are at bottom of page

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1) Why was the first St. Valentine poem written way back in 1415?

a) The French duke was imprisoned in the Tower of London

b) The French duke was fighting to the death in the Battle of Agincourt

c) The French duke was lonely out on a sailing ship at sea

d) The French duke apologized for stealing the duchess’s cheese and loaf of bread 

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2) How many roses are grown for Valentine’s Day each year?

a) 2.5 million

b) 25 million

c) 250 million

d) 2.5 billion

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3) Which is NOT one of the official seven days of Valentine’s Week?

a) Rose Day

b) Propose Day

c) Chocolate Day

d) Kale Day

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4) True or False – The human heart used to be more associated with human memory instead of with romantic love.

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5) The real-life lovebirds are actually a species of:

a) Doves

b) Parrots

c) Penguins

d) Swans

e) Perhaps appropriately, vultures

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6) The word “lace” that is often used for Valentine’s Day cards comes from a Latin word meaning:

a) Eternal lovers

b) Unconditional love

c) A couple forever in love

d) To trap a person’s heart

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7) What percentage of men do NOT plan Valentine’s Day events in advance?

a) About 20 percent

b) About 35 percent

c) About 50 percent

d) About 65 percent

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8) In the 18th century, why did British women pin five bay leaves to their pillows on the night before Valentine’s Day?

a) So as to have sweet dreams about their future husbands

b) The number five is the official number of finding one’s romantic true love

c) They would use those bay leaves to cook their date a scrumptious meal including figgy pudding

d) Let’s face it that those British women were just a little bit nutty

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9) Which is NOT an actual saying on a Valentine’s Day candy heart?

a) Kiss Me

b) Sweet Talk

c) Luv U

d) Be Mine

e) Kiss a Kardashian

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10) Do women and men prefer chocolates or flowers on St. Valentine’s Day?

a) Women prefer flowers and men prefer chocolates

b) Men prefer flowers and women prefer chocolates

c) It seems women and men prefer chocolates

d) It seems women and men prefer flowers

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11) The city of Valentine is located in:

a) Virginia

b) Vermont

c) Texas

d) Nevada

e) Scientists still aren’t really sure

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12) Fill in the Blanks – J_ _ _ is considered the Roman goddess of marriage.

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13) True or False – Americans buy more cards for Valentine’s Day than for all other major holidays combined.

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14) The unincorporated community of Romance is located near central:

a) Arkansas

b) Arizona

c) Virginia

d) Rhode Island

e) Come on, John, there exists no small town in the U.S.A. named Romance

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Answers:

1 a

2 c

3 d

4 True

5 b

6 d

7 d

8 a or d

9 e

10 c

11 c

12 Juno

13 False

14 a

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Scoring:

    14 correct – You are the Undisputed Victor of Valentine’s Day

10-13 correct – You even know Cupid is the son of Venus and Mercury

   5-9 correct – You like St. Valentine’s Day but are ready for that cool green leprechaun

   1-4 correct – You are allergic to candy, roses, and most importantly, commitment

      0 correct – You must spend the entire second half of February in a thorny rose bush thicket with

                      Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, a homesick hobo, and your personal choice of any one of The Osmonds, while they 

                      eat stale boxes of low-sugar candied chocolates, argue about quantum physics, and give each other

                      countless creepy hugs and insincere words of encouragement


Winter Poem

This is another poem I sent to the Yorktown Crier / Poquoson Post newspaper back in 2016.


The Post Christmas Blues written by John F. Hamilton

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Another Christmas season has come and gone

How did it slip away so fast

So much good music and oh so much good food

It can’t be expected to last

The Christmas tree lies all alone in the ditch

So sad and so desperately

Bits of tinsel reflect the sun in my eye

As I walk by dejectedly

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The empty packages line the streets

With old used ribbons and a bright bow

Some pieces of garland and stickers

They are greeted by just a few flakes of snow

But the sun off the ice at the pond flickers

Saying harsh winter has a long way to go

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The post Christmas blues

Are with us once again

Only cold harsh rain and short daylight pain

And what we all need

Is to just wait and see

That first sunny warm spring day

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The post Christmas blues

Are with us once again

No more carols or presents

No more turkey or pheasants

Only cold rain and January pain

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The post Christmas blues

Are upon us once again

Spring seems so far away

What we now really need

Is the peace and the love and the creed

Of that magical Christmas Day

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I walk by the houses the mangers are gone

Now the Christmas lights are all dimmed

Though they still hang sadly from the high roof eaves

And the trees are no longer trimmed

Even the bullfrog family that lives here

Down at the corner one believes

Having had enough of the bleak winter blues

Is hibernating under leaves

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A few lone joggers

With new resolutions

Pass by with hardly a wave

They struggle to change

Yet we all stay the same

Memories we try to save

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The post Christmas blues

Are with us once again

No relatives visiting

Or carolers soft singing

Only cold rain and February pain

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The post Christmas blues

Are on us once again

Summer seems like past dreams

And what we all will know

Is frozen rain and sleet and the snow

As the sun shines few hopeful beams

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The post Christmas blues

Are with us again

Only cold rain and the wintertime pain

And what we all need

Is to still try and believe

In that long gone Christmas Day

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The post Christmas blues are with us again

Only cold rain and January pain

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The post Christmas blues are with us again

Only cold rain and February pain

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And as I walk in silent solitude

Through a field of desperate hopes and dreams

Trying hard to seem and not just to be

A lone robin who decided not to fly far south he seems

Flies by and chirps at me…

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And if we could speak I think he would say…

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Spring’s not so far away

February Poem

I wrote this poem way back in 2012. I entered it in our local Daily Press Poetry Contest, but I didn’t win that year, or any other year as a matter of fact. Additionally, this poem appeared in the Yorktown Crier / Poquoson Post newspaper. I wrote the poem after walking outside one day and noticing that the tree branches sort of appeared as if they were submerged in water.

Trees Shimmering in February by John F. Hamilton

Trees shimmering in February

Spring aware and winter weary

The way the sunlight bends around

Encompassing and compressing

Diffusing light and sound from sky to ground

Caressing and impressing

The molecules as they are unbound

As robins marry and winter juncos tarry

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Trees shimmering in February

How they glisten even with no rain

The light can fool your eyes

The way it dances off the trunks of

The crepe myrtles and the dogwoods plain

All the branches exposed with no leaves

To block the view and leave the light askew

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Trees shimmering in February

Like wooden panes of glass that amass

The light and reflect it past

And the dormant grass begins to

Show signs of life as winter’s strife

Gives way to spring and beginnings

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Trees shimmering in February

Like polished crystal that refracts the light

Into a cardinal’s eye and then to the night

And you can see the month’s wind blow

Like miniature puffs of hopes and sighs

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Trees shimmering in February

Like dusted off dreams that never die

Catching the corner of my eye

How my cornea never lies

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Trees shimmering in February

Like polished wood from grandma’s home

Seeing your reflection nature’s foam

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Trees shimmering in February

Like wooden statues crystalline

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Trees shimmering in February

Happy National Trivia Day!!!

Yes, National Trivia Day is indeed held on January 4th each year. In honor of this most momentous occasion, here is a trivia question.

Try to solve without Googling first.

The word trivia is the plural of the Latin word trivium, which means:

a) Annoying little facts

b) Things for unemployed persons to learn

c) Place where three roads meet

d) Three parts of the brain

e) The meeting of three ideas