Valentine’s Day is a day of passion and affection for some. And lonely, self-loathing for others. So this weekend, if you’re not feeling in the pink and need to vent some of that fury and anti-Valentine’s Day rage, all you need to do is fire up your computer. We’ve pulled together the best collection of links to remind you that there is more to life than just love and romance.
Love is like a box of choclates. It’s sweet at first. And then you wanna puked
• Blue Mountain (www.bluemountain.com) and Flowgo (www.flowgo.com) have a collection of anti-Valentine’s Day e-cards, perfect for sending to similarly crabby friends. Also useful to remind some old flames that while the relationship may be over, the hatred never really went away.
• If you need tangible expressions of dislike and mistrust, then you will love Inventor Spot’s collection of 10 anti-Valentine’s Day gifts (www.inventorspot.com/articles/nothing_says_love_antivalentine_gift_10_gifts_speak_volumes_22972) that are full of innuendo and subtext. The list includes gems such as the edible whole chocolate human heart on eBay, the knit handbag in the shape of a dead cupid complete with a bow and arrow and noose around the neck, and a white thong with the following ditty printed in lovely red letters:
Roses are red
Violets are blue
Pretty soon you’ll
Have Herpes too!
• For much more anti-Valentine’s Day merchandise such as that thong, browse the exclusive anti-Valentine’s Day store on CafePress (shop.cafepress.com/anti-valentines-day). The store promises at least 12,000 designs for T-shirts, badges and other gift items. Expect everything from the sublime to the absurd. We especially liked the shirt slogan:
“It’s not you.It’s me. (I’m lying. It’s you.)”
• When you’re done stocking up on loads of anti-love goodies, spend the rest of the day on your own with one of the movies from review site Rotten Tomotoes’ “Love stinks!” collection. (www.rottentomatoes.com/m/war_of_the_roses/news/1708904/love_stinks_an)
Movies were chosen on the basis of relevance and quality—all movies must be about romantic relationships that end badly for one person due to issues between both protagnists. They also had to be good movies. The mammoth collection of 15 “feel-gooders” is supported with a long list of additional recommendations.