Banksy Unveils 'Valentine's Day Mascara,' a Statement on Domestic Violence
After removing parts of the artwork for safety, town officials quickly returned them to the site
India Wants to Replace Valentine's Day With 'Cow Hug Day'
The Hindu nationalist government says that Western culture threatens Indian traditions
The Sects That Rejected Sex in 19th-Century America
Why three religious groups traded monogamy for celibacy, polygamy and "complex marriage"
14 Fun Facts About Bright Pink Animals
From jellyfish to millipedes, the rosy hues make rare but exciting appearances in nature
From Aerial Acrobatics to Sexual Deception, See Eight of Nature's Wildest Mating Rituals
Some species have developed unusual rituals to show off their prowess as a potential mate
Meet the Dinosaur With the Heart-Shaped Tail Bone
The newly discovered long-neck dino could help scientists figure out why some dinosaurs grew to be so large
In the Fair City of Verona, Star-Cross'd Lovers Want to Believe in 'La Casa di Giulietta'
The number of visitors to this self-proclaimed Shakespearean “city of love” typically swells during the week around Valentine’s Day
Feed Your Ex to a Bear This Valentine’s Day—or Name a Cockroach After Them
Conservation centers and zoos around the world are providing ample opportunities for people to get petty by letting them name prey after their past lovers
The Patents Behind Your Box of Valentine's Day Chocolates
Before you sample a truffle or a coconut cream, consider all of the innovation that has been poured into the sweets and their lovely presentation
The Pharmacist Who Launched America's Modern Candy Industry
Oliver Chase invented a lozenge-cutting machine that led to Necco wafers, Sweethearts and the mechanization of candy making
Sweethearts Candies Won’t Be Available This Valentine’s Day
Production of the iconic treat ground to a halt after the company that makes them went out of business
The Gory Origins of Valentine's Day
The holiday began as a feast to celebrate the decapitation of a third-century Christian martyr, or perhaps two. So how did it become all about love?
The Dubious Science of Genetics-Based Dating
Is love really just a cheek swab away?
How Hawaii Became the North Pole of Cacao
These chocolate makers have set up shop in the only state—and the coldest place—that can sustain cacao plantations
Eight Secrets of the Taj Mahal
One of the world's greatest memorials to love remains a place of mystery
How a Pompeiian Bakery Became This Year's Hot Date Destination
The romance never dies at the House of the Chaste Lovers
How to Make an Authentic Civil War Valentine
Handmade Valentine cards were popularized (and commercialized) in the U.S. during the Civil War years
These Flowers Come Straight From the Farm to Your Door
By cutting out the middleman, this startup is aiming for better bouquets and a greener flower industry
Nothing Says ‘I Hate You’ Like a ‘Vinegar Valentine’
For at least a century, Valentine’s Day was used as an excuse to send mean, insulting cards
The Patents Behind the Roses You Receive on Valentine's Day
You probably never thought of the perennials as inventions, have you?