MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — From boxes of chocolates to three dozen emojis, it’s an iconic symbol of love: the heart.
So Rod from New Brighton wanted to know: How did the heart symbol take shape? Good question.READ MORE: Itchy Eyes? Scratchy Throats? Allergies Likely Not To Blame This Summer
There are several theories on why the shape of the human heart differs from the shape that’s recognized all over the world.
One theory is the shape comes from the seeds of the silphium plant, which ancient Greeks and Romans used as medicine and a form of birth control.READ MORE: How Can People Limit Water Use At Home? Do Small Changes Make A Difference?
Another thought is that the philosopher Aristotle thought the human heart had three chambers with the base on top.
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According to Eric Jager, a professor of English at UCLA, it wasn’t until the 13th century that the hearts people associate with love showed up in art and poetry. By the 15th century, it was in playing cards.MORE NEWS: Friends Remember Mack Motzko and Sam Schuneman, Killed In Orono Crash
By the time people realized the human heart looked quite different the symbol had stuck.