So Valentine’s Day is just a week away. Valentine’s Day is interesting, very interesting. Let’s see, it was created to honor certain Christian martyrs, and according to Wikipedia, there were several early Christian martyrs named Valentine. Yes, I know, Wikipedia: the end all of knowledge. But whatever, I’m sure there’s some truth in this.
So tell me, how many of our holidays are NOT based on Christian martyrs? Thanks to Chaucer, the Valentinian martyrs (of which there appear to have been more than one) eventually became associated with romantic love (somehow, I’m not really prepared to go into that type of detail).
Anyway, as we all know, Valentine’s Day is just another commercialized non-holiday holiday featuring a bunch of red hearts and shitty chocolates. The Wal-Marts of the world love it. Another chance to sell cheap crap for, well, cheap. I noted an entry in our old friend Wikipedia referring to Antivalentinism, which is just fucking awesome, particularly in this post-Seinfeld world.
Happy Antivalentinesday folks!