Valentine's Day

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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....

Obama Recites Love Poem to Michelle on Ellen

'I Obamacare about you more than you even know'

(Newser) - President Barack Obama, who's spending another Valentine's Day apart from wife Michelle, did the next best thing short of celebrating the lovers' holiday with her: On Friday's broadcast of the Ellen DeGeneres Show, the president recited a love poem he says he had planned to deliver to...

Happy Meals Now Come With Books

McDonald's expects to serve 17M books by Feb. 15

(Newser) - If apple slices in place of fries didn't send kids into a tantrum in the middle of McDonald's, the restaurant's latest move just might. For two weeks beginning Tuesday, McDonald's will be handing out a book with every Happy Meal, rather than the typical toy. Three...

WWII Sweethearts to Reunite on Valentine's Day

Norwood Thomas hopes to give his wartime girlfriend a 'squeeze'

(Newser) - Norwood Thomas' reunion with his wartime girlfriend was incredible, but it came with one major drawback: "I can't take you in my arms and give you a squeeze," the 93-year-old World War II vet told Joyce Morris, 88, during a Skype call in November. "Well, we'...

Husband Sends Valentine's Flowers, From the Grave

Jim Golay's widow will get flowers every year for the rest of her life

(Newser) - For you guys who can't remember to get flowers on Valentine's Day, well, Jim Golay is making you look extra terrible: As ABC News reports, the man from Casper, Wyo., learned about a year ago that the brain cancer he'd fought for almost two years was inoperable,...

Rowdy Women Arrested at Fifty Shades Screening

Patron allegedly attacked for shushing drunk patrons

(Newser) - A Valentine's Day showing of Fifty Shades of Grey got particularly crazy—and not in a BDSM way—when a male patron was allegedly assaulted, the Daily Record reports. He apparently told a group of rambunctious, inebriated female viewers to calm down at a Scottish theater, and they "...

Boy Sends 1,076 Valentines —to Every Girl in School

Anonymous Romeo quickly outed after sweet gesture

(Newser) - Ah, Valentine's Day: That magical time in a girl's young life when her fragile self worth is defined by the number of pink and red scraps of paper passed their way in school. Not to worry, potential lonely hearts in Oklahoma's Edmond High School, one boy has...

Man Pens Love Note to Wife Every Day for 40 Years

The happy couple's advice: Put the phones down and focus on each other

(Newser) - Bill and Kirsten Bresnan are off to an early Valentine's Day start—they've been sharing holiday-themed cards since Feb. 1. But that's not even close to the whole story. Bill has penned a love note to his wife nearly every day since 1974. Bresnan tells the Asbury ...

Fifty Shades Movie Fuels Sex-Toy Surge

Even Target and other mainstream retailers are on board

(Newser) - Of course there were going to be product tie-ins to the Fifty Shades of Grey movie premiering Valentine's weekend—and of course those products were going to veer into adults-only territory, considering the steaminess of EL James' book trilogy on which the film is based. But the sex-toy industry...

Putting a Price on Our Love for Our Pets: $5.28

Survey finds that's what pet owners plan to spend this Valentine's Day

(Newser) - Showering our pets with affection no longer cuts it. A new National Retail Federation survey finds that a "record" 21.2% of Americans plan to buy their pet a Valentine's Day gift. The individual estimated spend isn't huge at an average of $5.28. But all told,...

Here's How to Get Back at Your 'Low-Life Ex'

Name a Madagascar hissing cockroach after him/her, says the SF Zoo

(Newser) - There's a tarantula named after John Lennon , an extinct swamp-dweller named after Mick Jagger ... and a cockroach named after that ex you can't stand? Maybe. The San Francisco Zoo is offering the burned and spurned the chance to "adopt" a Madagascar hissing cockroach or giant scorpion in...

Red Velvet Oreos Coming Next Month
Red Velvet Oreos
Coming Next Month

Red Velvet Oreos Coming Next Month

Just in time for Valentine's Day

(Newser) - Red Oreos? Yep. Specifically "red velvet" Oreos will debut Feb. 2 for a limited run to take advantage of the Valentine's Day rush, reports Bloomberg . The normally black chocolate cookie wafers will be dyed red, and they will sandwich a "cream cheese flavored creme," says maker...

Lonely Inmate Busts Out for Valentine Rendezvous

It ends badly; in Georgia, meanwhile, a sheriff called the whole day off

(Newser) - Two Valentine's Day extremes, with a law-enforcement theme:
  • The dedicated: An Arizona inmate scaled a 12-foot fence, crawled through razor wire, and climbed yet another wire-topped fence to escape from jail and visit his girl yesterday, reports the Arizona Republic . Joseph Dekenipp, 40, made it to the Gallopin' Goose

Uh-Oh: You Might Not Get Your V-Day Flowers

Snow ruins florists' big day

(Newser) - A whole lot of East Coast florists are heartbroken today, facing the prospect of a Valentine's Day essentially ruined by yesterday's storm . One Maryland florist tells the Washington Post that the snow has grounded its delivery trucks, and that despite sending 300 orders out early on Wednesday in...

Pope Shares Secret of Lasting Love

'Never end a single day without being at peace with each other'

(Newser) - What's more romantic than getting together with ... the pope. In the spirit of Valentine's Day, Pope Francis addressed a crowd of engaged couples in St. Peter's Square and gave advice on how to have a happy marriage—though, of course, he's celibate. "It's important...

One Year After Shooting, Pistorius Speaks

Calls Reeva Steenkamp's death a 'devastating accident'

(Newser) - The last time Oscar Pistorius tweeted was Feb. 12, 2013, two days before he shot and killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in what he maintains was a tragic accident in which he mistook her for an intruder. Today brought a new tweet : "A few words from my heart on oscarpistorius....

Angry Gal Bites Off Boyfriend's Tongue

DA says he was attempting a 'make-up kiss'

(Newser) - Who knew make-up kissing could be so dangerous? An Illinois man who tried to appease his angry girlfriend with a kiss got half his tongue bitten off in return, Gawker reports. Prosecutors say Elaine Cook, 51, had an argument with her 47-year-old boyfriend after they came home from a Valentine'...

Ikea Offers Free Crib&mdash; 9 Months From Today
Ikea Offers Free Crib—
9 Months From Today
Happy Valentine's Day

Ikea Offers Free Crib— 9 Months From Today

If you can hang onto the coupon for that long

(Newser) - It's Valentine's Day, and Ikea thinks you should be having sex, preferably of the baby-making variety. In a promotion spotted by AdWeek , Ikea Australia is offering what's normally a $99 crib for free to any baby born precisely nine months from today. Of course, the lucky parents...

9 Crazy Things Sweethearts Candy Used to Say

 9 Crazy Things 
 Candy Used 
 to Say 
Valentine's Day

9 Crazy Things Sweethearts Candy Used to Say

Including gems like 'You Are Gay' and 'Hep Cat'

(Newser) - Sweethearts are a venerable, traditional Valentine's Day candy that every American alive has at some point pretended to enjoy eating. But while the powdery little hearts themselves haven't changed much over the years, the pithy statements adorning them sure have. To keep up with the times, NECCO continually...

'Blade Runner' Pistorius Charged in Girlfriend's Murder

Said to have mistaken her for robber, but police not so sure

(Newser) - Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius has been charged with murder after his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, was found dead in his home, Sky News reports. The South African sprinter, a 26-year-old double amputee known as the "Blade Runner," may have taken his girlfriend for a burglar when she arrived...

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