Valentine's Day

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Why Your Next Easter Basket May Be Light on Peeps

Just Born confectionary workers have gone on strike during busy holiday push

(Newser) - Valentine's Day and Easter may feel ages away, but for workers on the Peeps assembly line, those celebrations are right around the corner—and that's why the strike they started Wednesday comes at an especially inconvenient time, CNBC reports. Per PhillyVoice.com , about 400 workers from the Just... More »

Fearing Cannibalism, Aquarium Cancels Octopus Sex Show

No love for Kong this year

(Newser) - For visitors to the Seattle Aquarium, Valentine's Day just wasn't the same this year, after the annual giant Pacific octopus sex exhibition was canceled. But it's not because aquarium staff came to the conclusion that it's weird to invite a bunch of people to come watch... More »

Teen Buys Flowers for Every Girl in School

'It was totally worth it,' Hayden Godfrey says

(Newser) - Hayden Godfrey loves grand gestures, and there's a florist who probably loves Hayden Godfrey. The 17-year-old from Smithfield, Utah, saved $450 from jobs he held at McDonald's, a Mexican restaurant, and a grocery store to buy Valentine's Day carnations for all 834 female students at Sky View... More »

9 Famous Couples Who Got Hitched on Valentine's Day

So, what are your plans?

(Newser) - No big plans for Valentine's Day? The Stir rounds up 20 famous couples who got either engaged or married on Feb. 14. A sampling of those who wed:
  1. Adriana Lima and Marko Jaric: They eloped on V-Day 2009, but ultimately broke up in 2014.
  2. Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid:
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Northeast and Chill: Record Cold for V-Day

Baby, it's cold outside

(Newser) - Much of the northeastern United States found itself in the not-so-warm embrace of teeth-chattering, record-shattering cold on Valentine's Day. Cities throughout the northeast saw record low temperatures on Sunday including New York; Boston; Providence, RI; and Hartford, Conn. The National Weather Service said the temperature in New York City'... More »

Your Valentine's Day Roses Probably Came From Kenya

Flowers are a big business, key export for the nation

(Newser) - This Valentine's Day, there's a good chance your flowers came from Kenya. "I know the flowers are for giving on Valentine's Day," Phanice Cherop, a worker at a flower farm in Kenya, tells the AP . "We do not really do this here in Kenya.... More »

Obama Recites Love Poem to Michelle on Ellen

'I Obamacare about you more than you even know'

(Newser) - President Barack Obama, who's spending another Valentine's Day apart from wife Michelle, did the next best thing short of celebrating the lovers' holiday with her: On Friday's broadcast of the Ellen DeGeneres Show, the president recited a love poem he says he had planned to deliver to... More »

Happy Meals Now Come With Books

McDonald's expects to serve 17M books by Feb. 15

(Newser) - If apple slices in place of fries didn't send kids into a tantrum in the middle of McDonald's, the restaurant's latest move just might. For two weeks beginning Tuesday, McDonald's will be handing out a book with every Happy Meal, rather than the typical toy. Three... More »

WWII Sweethearts to Reunite on Valentine's Day

Norwood Thomas hopes to give his wartime girlfriend a 'squeeze'

(Newser) - Norwood Thomas' reunion with his wartime girlfriend was incredible, but it came with one major drawback: "I can't take you in my arms and give you a squeeze," the 93-year-old World War II vet told Joyce Morris, 88, during a Skype call in November. "Well, we'... More »

Husband Sends Valentine's Flowers, From the Grave

Jim Golay's widow will get flowers every year for the rest of her life

(Newser) - For you guys who can't remember to get flowers on Valentine's Day, well, Jim Golay is making you look extra terrible: As ABC News reports, the man from Casper, Wyo., learned about a year ago that the brain cancer he'd fought for almost two years was inoperable,... More »

Rowdy Women Arrested at Fifty Shades Screening

Patron allegedly attacked for shushing drunk patrons

(Newser) - A Valentine's Day showing of Fifty Shades of Grey got particularly crazy—and not in a BDSM way—when a male patron was allegedly assaulted, the Daily Record reports. He apparently told a group of rambunctious, inebriated female viewers to calm down at a Scottish theater, and they "... More »

Boy Sends 1,076 Valentines —to Every Girl in School

Anonymous Romeo quickly outed after sweet gesture

(Newser) - Ah, Valentine's Day: That magical time in a girl's young life when her fragile self worth is defined by the number of pink and red scraps of paper passed their way in school. Not to worry, potential lonely hearts in Oklahoma's Edmond High School, one boy has... More »

Man Pens Love Note to Wife Every Day for 40 Years

The happy couple's advice: Put the phones down and focus on each other

(Newser) - Bill and Kirsten Bresnan are off to an early Valentine's Day start—they've been sharing holiday-themed cards since Feb. 1. But that's not even close to the whole story. Bill has penned a love note to his wife nearly every day since 1974. Bresnan tells the Asbury ... More »

Fifty Shades Movie Fuels Sex-Toy Surge

Even Target and other mainstream retailers are on board

(Newser) - Of course there were going to be product tie-ins to the Fifty Shades of Grey movie premiering Valentine's weekend—and of course those products were going to veer into adults-only territory, considering the steaminess of EL James' book trilogy on which the film is based. But the sex-toy industry... More »

Putting a Price on Our Love for Our Pets: $5.28

Survey finds that's what pet owners plan to spend this Valentine's Day

(Newser) - Showering our pets with affection no longer cuts it. A new National Retail Federation survey finds that a "record" 21.2% of Americans plan to buy their pet a Valentine's Day gift. The individual estimated spend isn't huge at an average of $5.28. But all told,... More »

Here's How to Get Back at Your 'Low-Life Ex'

Name a Madagascar hissing cockroach after him/her, says the SF Zoo

(Newser) - There's a tarantula named after John Lennon , an extinct swamp-dweller named after Mick Jagger ... and a cockroach named after that ex you can't stand? Maybe. The San Francisco Zoo is offering the burned and spurned the chance to "adopt" a Madagascar hissing cockroach or giant scorpion in... More »

Red Velvet Oreos Coming Next Month

Just in time for Valentine's Day

(Newser) - Red Oreos? Yep. Specifically "red velvet" Oreos will debut Feb. 2 for a limited run to take advantage of the Valentine's Day rush, reports Bloomberg . The normally black chocolate cookie wafers will be dyed red, and they will sandwich a "cream cheese flavored creme," says maker... More »

Lonely Inmate Busts Out for Valentine Rendezvous

It ends badly; in Georgia, meanwhile, a sheriff called the whole day off

(Newser) - Two Valentine's Day extremes, with a law-enforcement theme:
  • The dedicated: An Arizona inmate scaled a 12-foot fence, crawled through razor wire, and climbed yet another wire-topped fence to escape from jail and visit his girl yesterday, reports the Arizona Republic . Joseph Dekenipp, 40, made it to the Gallopin' Goose
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Uh-Oh: You Might Not Get Your V-Day Flowers

Snow ruins florists' big day

(Newser) - A whole lot of East Coast florists are heartbroken today, facing the prospect of a Valentine's Day essentially ruined by yesterday's storm . One Maryland florist tells the Washington Post that the snow has grounded its delivery trucks, and that despite sending 300 orders out early on Wednesday in... More »

Pope Shares Secret of Lasting Love

'Never end a single day without being at peace with each other'

(Newser) - What's more romantic than getting together with ... the pope. In the spirit of Valentine's Day, Pope Francis addressed a crowd of engaged couples in St. Peter's Square and gave advice on how to have a happy marriage—though, of course, he's celibate. "It's important... More »

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