NPR: The Dark Origins Of Valentine's Day

My dear friend and co-editor, Ariell, and I were Skype-dating the other day, discussing GAD, my upcoming trip to London, as well as our love for strange little internet stories. I also spoke with her about the woes of not being able to write because of my previously unknown issues of not being able to just enjoy “the Now”, which I am sure will someday make it into an essay on this blog.

She’s the one who mentioned creating a separate page for the little internet stories that I find and love. So, here we are.

I’m not big into Valentine’s Day, but it’s not because I have anything against the holiday. It is just that I don’t get any added value from it. But I did get added value from the below article from NPR.

The most fascinating snippet? This little gem: “Though no one has pinpointed the exact origin of the holiday, one good place to start is ancient Rome, where men hit on women by, well, hitting them.” Instant curiosity from me after that.

Here’s to eating up this history over stale chocolates and dead flowers.

The Dark Origins Of Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is a time to celebrate romance and love and kissy-face fealty. But the origins of this festival of candy and cupids are actually dark, bloody - and a bit muddled. Though no one has pinpointed the exact origin of the holiday, one good place to start is ancient Rome, where men hit on women by, well, hitting them.

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