Valentine's Day

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Did You Get a Weird Text This Week? This May Be Why

Telecom glitch caused people to get 'ghost' texts from people who didn't send them

(Newser) - If you recently received a strange text that doesn't make any sense from someone you know, you're not alone—and a Maine radio station appears to have helped solve the mystery. Per Popular Mechanics , lots of head-scratching has been happening over the past couple of days, with people... More »

Katy Perry Is Getting Married

Singer, Orlando Bloom apparently in it for 'lifetimes'

(Newser) - "Full bloom," indeed. Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom are assumed to be engaged after the couple shared a photo of Perry sporting what appears to be a flower-shaped ruby and diamond ring, per People. "Full bloom," Perry captioned the Instagram photo , in which the pair is... More »

Middle Schoolers Hospitalized After Valentine's Candy

It's not clear what type of treats were eaten in Atlanta incident

(Newser) - School officials say 21 students from a middle school south of Atlanta have been taken to hospitals after eating candy and snacks on Valentine's Day, the AP reports. Authorities with the city of South Fulton say it appeared that the Sandtown Middle School students became ill after eating some... More »

Japan's Women Are Sick of This Valentine's Day Tradition

The ladies aren't really feeling 'giri choco,' or 'obligation chocolates,' for their male co-workers

(Newser) - In Japan, there are all kinds of chocolate that women hand out on Valentine's Day: There's "honmei choco" ("true feelings chocolate") that their romantic interests or partners receive, as well as "tomo choco" ("friend chocolate") given to platonic pals, usually other females.... More »

Name a Cockroach After Your Ex, Then Watch It Get Eaten

El Paso Zoo offers Valentine's Day revenge of sorts

(Newser) - If a recent breakup has ruined your plans for Feb. 14, El Paso Zoo will at least provide satisfying entertainment. In what it's calling "the perfect Valentine's Day gift," the Texas zoo is offering to name a cockroach after your ex before feeding it to a... More »

A Snake Needs a Name: Your Ex's

Aussie zoo contest lets you explain why its resident reptile deserves your ex's moniker

(Newser) - The brown snake of Australia is among the most poisonous in the world, which is apparently why a zoo Down Under has decided to let you name one of them after your ex. That is, if you win Wild Life Sydney's Valentine's Day contest, which is giving competitors... More »

'Build That Wall' Cookie Not Going Over Well

Baker owner Ken Bellingham says it was meant as a joke

(Newser) - Ken Bellingham says he wrote "Build that Wall" on a heart-shaped cookie as a joke for Valentine's Day. But "I guess the joke is on me," the owner of Edmonds Bakery in Edmonds, Wash., tells KING5 after social media users labeled the bakery "racist" and... More »

Sorry, Sweethearts Fans: Iconic Candy Won't Be Sold This Year

But you can opt for other candy hearts

(Newser) - Sweethearts—those chalky little candies with messages on them—won't be on store shelves this Valentine's Day, the AP reports. The New England Confectionary Co.—or Necco—had been making the popular candies since 1886. But the company filed for bankruptcy protection last spring. Ohio-based Spangler Candy... More »

Honkytonk Woman Traces Heart 30K Feet Above England

Virgin Atlantic had some holiday fun with training flight Wednesday

(Newser) - “We had a training flight planned for 14 February, and when we realized it was Valentine’s Day we decided to have a little fun," the Independent quotes Virgin Atlantic's director of aircraft operations as saying. Business Insider reports an Airbus A330 nicknamed Honkytonk Woman flew... More »

Seeking a Budget-Friendly V-Day? Here's Where to Go

San Francisco, surprisingly

(Newser) - Flowers, chocolates, a candlelit dinner. Combined, they might make for a successful, if cliched Valentine's Day—but at a cost. US consumers celebrating V-Day will spend an average of $143.56 this year, $7 more than in 2017, per the National Retail Federation . Hoping for more bang for your... More »

Don't Waste Money on an Aphrodisiac This V-Day

Carve a wooden spoon instead?

(Newser) - Stumped about what to get your sweetie for Valentine's Day? Do like the Welsh. For 350 years, Welsh men have been known to carve an intricate wooden spoon for their lover, according to Giftcloud . Not one to whittle? You can also take inspiration from Germans, who exchange gifts that... More »

Burger King Offers 'Adult Toys' With Adults-Only Meal

Only available in Israel after 6pm

(Newser) - If you think Burger King isn't a romantic enough destination for a Valentine's Day date, it's willing to sweeten the deal with a couple of beers and a sex toy. In a deal being offered only in Israel, and only after 6pm on Tuesday, the chain is... More »

One Place in World Has Banned Valentine's Day

Haters of roses and hearts can head to Pakistan

(Newser) - The many enemies of heart-shaped candies, flowers, candlelight, and syrupy emotions in general might want to take a day trip on Tuesday: to Pakistan, which has officially banned Valentine's Day. The grinches of love in this instance belong to the Islamabad High Court, which issued the ban Monday on... More »

Best Cities for Singles Looking for Love

On opposite ends of spectrum: Bakersfield and Sarasota

(Newser) - In time for Valentine's Day, Trulia has crunched some numbers on the whereabouts of singles. For those playing a numbers game, these two lists are based purely on the ratio of single men to single women. Here are the 10 cities with the best ratios for single women looking... More »

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 »

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