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Full disclosure: I am not a fan of Valentine’s Day. Part of it is sour grapes — I’ve been dumped on V-Day. Twice. Every year, I start looking for somewhere to point the finger, and I’m not necessarily talking about the index one. Who was this St. Valentine dude, and how did he inspire this holiday?
Unfortunately, not too much is known about him. No one knows what he looked like or even what his pre-saint name was. This is partly because back in the Roman days, a lot of Christians killed for their beliefs, and thus named saints, were dubbed St. Valentine. In fact, there were so many of them that in the official Roman Martyrology, there are three Saint Valentines listed as having died on Feb. 14.
There are lots of stories out there about who the St. Valentine was. The only things that seem to be consistent are that he was a priest in Rome during the reign of Emperor Cladius II and that he was killed in the year 270 A.D. After the jump, our favorite myths and theories as to the rest of the story. Keep reading »
What’s a clever way of getting back at an ex in the digital age? By sullying his name on Google images. Jack Weppler’s ex-girlfriend took his professional headshot and went to town LOLCats-style, ensuring that a Google Image search for his name, perhaps performed by an interested casting director, would yield nothing but the embarrassing images. Jack’s mom is fighting to get the images removed, but until then, um, LOLJK? [Buzzfeed] Keep reading »
Men outnumbered women two-to-one in the nation’s news, culture and literary magazines in 2010 — and in some cases the discrepancy was much, much worse. VIDA, an organization for women in the literary arts, counted all the bylines in mags like The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Review of Books, Harper’s, and The New Republic and lit journals like Paris Review, Tin House, Granta, and Poetry for analysis. Literary journals Paris Review, Granta and Poetry were the most egalitarian, with a still-not-great two men’s bylines for every byline by a woman. The worst offender? The New York Review of Books, abysmally, published six bylines by men for every one byline by a woman. Pfffffffft. Keep reading »
If you think those bath salts in your bathroom are just for relaxing after a long day, you are mistaken. Officials have released a warning that bath salts are the hot new drug of choice and many cities are trying to put a ban on them. The fragrant crystals can be smoked, snorted, or mainlined, and induce a comparable high to cocaine or meth. Side effects include euphoria, extreme energy, hallucinations, paranoia, psychosis, delusions, insomnia, suicidal thoughts, chest pains, heart attacks, strokes, and smelling good. Other signs that a loved one may be using; they spend an awful of time taking baths and never seem all that clean, but emerge from the bathroom looking insane. Packets of bath salts go for $25 – $40 on the black market, I mean any drug store. But what about those of us who just want to take a bath? [KTLA] Keep reading »