On the Roman holiday of Lupercalia, young men would slaughter dogs and goats, cut small thongs from the animals' flesh, and run naked through the city, whipping young women to ensure their fertility. These days, Valentine's Day is less about physical pain (unless you count high heels) and more about emotional anguish. And instead of leather thongs, we generally pelt the unsuspecting objects of our affection with paper cards and novelty gifts. Need to do some pre-Valentine's shopping?
- The Diesel Sweeties V-Day card collection is chock full of pork, Darwin, and good old fashioned nihilism.
- For something more on the boobs and boozing side, there's the Girls with Slingshots card pack.
- For the non-cynic, Eros Inc. is ordering up a set of sweet, straightforward cards.
- And if you prefer your romance with a dash of cyanide, Wondermark's mix-and-match cards come in Fallen, Bear, Paper, Whisper, and Pretend.