FOF #2706 – The Horrific Origins of Valentine’s Day

Feb 13, 2019 · 1989 views

Brian Sweeney, photo by Fausto Fernós.

For many folks Valentine’s Day is a special time to celebrate the ones they love, but the origins of this romantic holiday are anything but a box of chocolates.

While it may seem like just another cash grab by candy manufacturers, Valentine’s Day began in Greco-Roman times as a sadomasochistic fertility ritual and nowadays it is responsible for a lot of horrific clickbait relationship advice articles on the Internet.

And a lot of terrifying Valentine’s Day Cards that led to the Hallmark Channel Movies, which are even more terrifying and hilarious. Collage: Fausto Fernós.

Today Brian Sweeney joins us to take a look at the dark and gruesome origins of Valentine’s Day and all the outrageous romantic advice blogs post to coincide with the holiday.

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