The Secret Life Of St. Valentine

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 »

8 Reasons To Finally Let Go Of Your Ex

Once upon a time, breakups meant saying goodbye and storing away your old love letters, but today’s technology makes it almost impossible to completely part ways. Typical distractions like vacations, dance classes or even new love interests can’t keep you from regretfully browsing your ex’s Facebook profile.

With that in mind, we’ve launched our Break Up With Your Ex campaign to encourage people to digitally disconnect from their ex by February 13, National Break Up With Your Ex Day.

Sure, it’s time-consuming and awkward to unfriend your ex on Facebook, remove him from your chat list, or to tell him to stop contacting you. But if those things are keeping you from recovering, what’s a half-hour of deleting and a couple weeks of awkwardness compared to months of perpetuated angst? Is electronically blocking someone so much worse than finding out via his Facebook newsfeed that he has a new girlfriend? Keep reading »

Leighton Meester Beat The Crap Out Of Minka Kelly

“I had bruises all over my body. I had scratches everywhere from falling out of the window and from Leighton breaking things over my head. My neck was sore from her choking me, I actually had little bruises under my jaw from her hands.”

Minka Kelly on her fight scenes with Leighton Meester in “The Roommate” (otherwise known as “Single White Female” for college aged viewers). I would have put my money on Minka, but I guess Leighton is a scrapper. [The Daily Mail] Keep reading »

Ex Gets Revenge Via Meme

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 »

Today’s Lady News: 020411

Quickies: Watch A Teaser For Britney’s “Hold It Against Me”!

  • A teaser for Britney Spears’ “Hold It Against Me” music video is out. Come on, it’s Friday afternoon and no one expects you to be working anyway. [Just Jared]
  • Will Kate Middleton be wearing two wedding dresses? [People]
  • Tara Reid has signed on to “The Big Lebowski 2,” which means more red carpet photos of Tara Reid trashed! [Oh No They Didn't]
  • Behind the scenes at the Puppy Bowl? Yes, please! [PopEater]

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