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February 14 2014

Pope Francis Thinks You Should Totally Pop The Question Today

Pope Francis got into the Valentine's Day spirit with a special message to young people: Get married.

As a show of support for the Catholic sacrament, Pope Francis met with about 10,000 engaged couples from around the world at a gathering in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City on Friday. He also pushed the message to his millions of Twitter followers.

Dear young people, don’t be afraid to marry. A faithful and fruitful marriage will bring you happiness.

— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) February 14, 2014

In the United States, the marriage rate declined steadily between 2000 and 2011, dropping from 8.2 marriages per thousand people to 6.8, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Read more...

More about Religion, Valentine S Day, Us World, World, and Pope Francis
De La Soul Will Make Entire Catalog Free Online Friday

In a Valentine's Day gift to fans, hip-hop pioneers De La Soul will offer its entire catalog for free for 25 hours, starting at 11 a.m. ET Friday.

"It's about allowing our fans who have been looking and trying to get a hold of our music to have access to it," De La Soul member Posdnuos told Rolling Stone. "It's been too long where our fans haven't had access to everything. This is our way of showing them how much we love them." The songs will be available via De La Soul's official website.

Only part of De La Soul's catalog — its 2004 album The Grind Date — is currently available on iTunes and Spotify. The rap trio's 1989 debut, 3 Feet High and Rising, was listed at No. 346 on Rolling Stone's Top 500 Greatest Albums of all Time. However, uncleared samples on the album have prevented it from appearing on many digital formats Read more...

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Stack the Deck With 'House of Cards' Playing Cards

The pursuit of power is nothing but a game, and people are merely pawns. Frank Underwood taught us that

But maybe you prefer cards over chess? Well, in that case, we have you covered. To celebrate the Season 2 of House of Cards, we created playing cards based on the Washington, D.C., drama. Get it? Cards!

All your favorite characters make an appearance, and since the show is dropping on Valentine's Day, we made sure they're all hearts

Who's your favorite? Hopefully not that sleazy photographer guy

More about Art, House Of Cards, Valentine S Day, Tv, and Watercooler
Warning: Ikea's Valentine's Day Tribute Features Chair-on-Chair Action

Even furniture can feel the love on this special day.

Ikea's Singapore ad agency had a little fun for Valentine's Day. According to Campaign Brief Asia, this ad, which is running on social media and on in-store posters, was inspired by the Kama Sutra.


This isn't the first time we see Ikea's furniture in a sexual context. Who can forget Hot Malms, the fake-porn site that the retailer ran last summer that directed users to Ikea beds? Maybe Ikea needs to get out more. Read more...

More about Marketing, Ikea, Valentine S Day, Business, and Advertising
5 Honest Valentines From Gamers

Does your true heart's desire resemble cold, shiny plastic?

If game controllers tend to fill the void in your heart, leaving no room for your significant other, then we've got the valentines for you

In this comic, comedian Steve Adams illustrates some honest messages from gamers to their beloveds

Sometimes a minecraft heart is all you need to say "I love you."

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BONUS: 18 Grumpy Cat Valentines for Your Crabby Companion

Comic illustration courtesy of Steve Adams. Published with permission; all rights reserved. Read more...

More about Gaming, Comics, Valentine S Day, Watercooler, and Steve Adams
Instagram Strangers Help Man Plan the Perfect Proposal

With butterflies in his stomach, Carter Moore asked her to coffee. Casual coffee, of course, just so they could get to know each other. No pressure or expectations. Just a friendly meetup.

Granted, she was beautiful: "The most gorgeous woman I'd ever seen," he remembers. For now, he just wanted to get to know her, even if it came with the unshakeable nervousness that swept through his body whenever she smiled in his direction

Three years later, butterflies still aplenty, they're married and living in Colorado Springs, Colo. Moore, 24, is a social media strategist at VSCO, and Brookelynn Howe, 22, is a nursing student at the University of Colorado. Read more...

More about Photos, Features, Romance, Valentine S Day, and Instagram
Ruben Studdard Wants to Serenade You Personally

What better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than by being serenaded by American Idol's Ruben Studdard or R&B singer Case?

The two crooners will sing romantic tunes to New Yorkers on Friday if they take part in a Twitter campaign from smart car USA. The brand, which has run similarly cheeky Twitter stunts before, will randomly award fans who tweet the hashtag #smartcrooners at @smartcarusa along with their location — or the location of the person they wish to surprise.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., two smart fortwos will be shepherding Studdard and Case around the city. The two will try to serenade as many fans as possible Read more...

More about Twitter, Marketing, Valentine S Day, Business, and Smart Car
10 Adorably Confusing Valentines Made by Kids

Kids speak from the heart — for better or worse. They're confusing, and sweet and painfully honest, especially to their parents

So it shouldn't surprise you that their written displays of affection are equally over the top. You can't help but wonder what exactly was going through these kid's heads as they wrote these masterpiece Valentine's Day cards

These Valentines spread across the emotional spectrum. One thing's for sure: They're definitely an improvement from the holiday's usual selection of boring and sappy cards. Read more...

More about Pics, Lists, Kids, Valentines, and Valentine S Day
Cook Yourself a Romantic Valentine's Day Meal for One

No plans for Valentine's Day? No problem. You have an entire season of House of Cards to blow through, so consider yourself busy.

But if you can't bear the idea of skipping out on a romantic V-Day meal, consider pairing your Netflix binge with something way tastier (and classier!) than popcorn.

We've rounded up 16 romantic recipes for a single-serving feast worthy of your solo night in. Take this list as a token of our single solidarity.

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more...

More about Recipes, Food And Drink, Valentine S Day, Pics, and Lifestyle
17 Reasons 'House of Cards' Is Your Perfect Valentine's Day Date

Who needs romance when you have scintillating political drama?

The second season of House of Cards is sure to bring plenty of intrigue and excitement to our Netflix queues when it premieres on Friday. Many people, single and taken, are now torn between celebrating the year's biggest Hallmark holiday and indulging on their favorite binge-watch

You could always opt for awkward dinner dates or sad singles mixers, but those hardly compare to Frank Underwood's dubious schemes. No matter how exciting your Valentine's Day plans may be, they couldn't possibly compare to a good, juicy political scandal. Read more...

More about Lists, House Of Cards, Valentine S Day, and Watercooler
'Dumb Ways to Die' Characters Wish You a Bloody Valentine

This is probably one of the weirder Valentine's Day messages you'll see this year. The characters from "Dumb Ways to Die," the catchy life-saving commercial for Metro Trains in Melbourne, Australia, are back with a holiday ad that's all their own.

The message: Unclear. The gist of it seems to be to not be shy and tell your Valentine how you feel about them. However, actually ripping out your heart and giving it to them seems like a bad idea. That is, until the final reveal when we see that everything's actually OK. Read more...

More about Advertising, Valentine S Day, Business, and Dumb Ways To Die

February 13 2014

It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's a Valentine's Gimmick From Uber

Want to spell out your feelings for your Valentine in big letters? Or maybe even a Shia LaBeouf-style apology? Just call Uber.

The startup's latest promotional stunt centers around skywriting and Valentine's Day. On Feb. 14, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. local time, Uber users in Los Angeles, San Diego, Dallas and New York City can request an UberSKY skywriting plane to write a message, up to 12 characters in length, for $500.

The promotion is part of a partnership among Uber, MasterCard and AirSign. So we guess that using MasterCard to pay for UberSKY will really earn you something priceless. Read more...

More about Valentine S Day, Uber, Business, Marketing, and Startups
14 Anti-Love Anthems to Embrace Your Heartbreak

Valentine's Day can suck. For all it's cracked up to be, the holiday just isn't fun for everyone

There's no occasion that tries harder to remind you of your bruising singledom, your recent bad breakup or your crush that never came to fruition. So how do you cope? By turning to sad love songs

SoundExchange, a non-profit organization that collects royalties from more than 2,000 radio services, has put together a "Love Stinks" playlist. Based on royalties paid to artists, the company (which represents the entire recorded music industry) figured out which tracks were the 14 most popular anti-love songs streamed in 2013. Read more...

More about Music, Entertainment, Features, Romance, and Valentine S Day
17 Reasons Galentines Make the Best Dates

In the words of Saint Leslie Knope, proud inventor of Galentine's Day, "Ovaries before brovaries, uteruses before duderuses."

Valentine's Day can be tough for all the lonely hearts out there. While everyone else is caught in Cupid's arrows, you're sitting at home with another box of cookies. It's okay, we've all been there

It's times like these when we must rely on the friendship of wonderful women in our lives — and on our TVs. Relationships might break your heart, but your closest lady friends will always piece it back together again. Read more...

More about Holidays, Lists, Valentine S Day, Watercooler, and Pics
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