Valentine's Day is here. Not that it means very much to me, actually it never has, being mostly single around the day, I've never received flowers or chocolates or greeting cards. (Well, once, but that was a teenage romance, and doing something on Valentine's Day was practically compulsory.)
In school, yes, I remember, it was a bigger deal. Valentine's Day meant you might just get a note or a card from a secret admirer. Some schools had 'rose day' where you could buy a red rose for someone you liked. I got a card once from a secret admirer--who didn't stay secret for very long, eighth standard rumour grapevines being quick and effective.
It's always amusing for me though, to see the hullabaloo in the media. I've been bombarded with Valentine's Day advertisements for the past few weeks. 'Give your loved one jewels!' Or flowers! 'Or bid on a date with someone hot on MTV!'. Even the news seems to be full of Valentine's day reports as a quick browse through news sites reveals. Here are some of the most interesting Valentine's Day stories I've been able to find.
Firstly, love is blind, like we always knew. It appears that when you really like someone, you cease to find other people attractive. Which explains a lot, and which also explains why, when your partner is cheating on you, you should break up with them instantly.
Secondly, this really sweet item about gorillas mating in the wild. The first photographs of gorillas mating face-to-face have been taken and apparently, our distant cousins have a lot more in common with us than we thought.
And, while we're on the subject of wild sex lives, did you know that oysters have a pretty rocking time on the sea bed? It turns out that the males put a lot of effort into wooing the females and the females also expend a lot of energy into choosing a high quality mate. Also, each egg tries to be slightly different, which stops multiple fertilizations. Wow. And here I thought oysters were only good for jewellery and eaten cold with a twist of lemon.
In the That's-Really-Obvious Department, it's been discovered recently that good-looking people choose good looking partners. Also, duh, the story says that people generally have a similar idea about beauty, including things like face symmetry and so on.
And finally, the Singapore government, unlike ours, troubled by their low birth rate are encouraging people to start dating this Valentine's. In 2006 they launched the one million Singapore dollar fund to give to any dating agency that came up with new social interaction possibilities. I think it's time to move.
As for me, I bought a silver and turquoise ring the other day to symbolize my engagement with a person that matters and is unlikely to ever dump me--myself.