Wattpad's most popular Valentine's Day reading searches are a strange lesson in modern romance

Wattpad’s most popular Valentine’s Day reading searches are a strange lesson in modern romance

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It’s Valentine’s Day and we hope you are celebrating with your one true love — a great book, of course!

Whether you’re single or celebrating the holiday with your swiped-right boo thang, we hope you take the time to cozy up with a great story.

To help put a literary perspective on Valentine’s Day, Wattpad, an online community of readers and writers, combed through its database to figure out what each U.S. state most desired in the weeks preceding the holiday, based on the 30 most popular search terms in the ‘romance’ category during the Jan. 1 through Jan. 30 time period. Read more…

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These Valentine's Day fails show it's truly the thought that counts

These Valentine’s Day fails show it’s truly the thought that counts

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Valentine’s Day doesn’t always go as planned. Sometimes that bouquet of flowers shows up dead. Strawberries show up rotten. And cucumbers dress up as … dildos?

It just doesn’t always work out.

1-800-Flowers is familiar with this. After it failed to meet some customers’ expectations last year, the company pledged to do better. And while the Tweetstorm appears to have subsided in 2016, people rose through the optimism and found a way to be disappointed. Not only with the floral delivery service, but with a handful of other companies as well Read more…

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Passengers on budget airline Scoot were treated to a celebration of love

Passengers on budget airline Scoot were treated to a celebration of love

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Thanks to Singaporean budget airline Scoot, passengers onboard a Melbourne flight bound for Singapore got a chance to experience love up in the air just days before Valentine’s Day.

During the eight-hour flight, the crew put on Scoot’s signature 787 Dreamliner rainbow cabin lighting and went down the aisle dancing to Pink’s “Get This Party Started.”

To get passengers in the mood for love, “Lovefool” by The Cardigans was then played over the PA system, reported Daily Mail Australia. Coupled-up passengers were also treated to a lovey-dovey photoshoot, where they got to take pictures with their loved one while posing with cute props that included a handmade “Be my Valentine” frame. Read more…

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These ads are asking Delhi residents to celebrate Valentine's Day as parents' day

These ads are asking Delhi residents to celebrate Valentine’s Day as parents’ day

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This week, commuters travelling on Delhi Metro have been greeted by anti-Valentine’s Day posters asking them to observe Matri-Pitri Pujan Diwas (Parents Worship Day) on Feb. 14, instead of celebrating love.

While the city’s restaurants and shops are rife with Valentine’s Day promotions, it’s hard to miss these advertisements across over 50 Delhi Metro stations. They belong to the Bal Sanskar Kendra, a religious organisation of the self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, who is currently in prison on charges of sexual assaulting a minor girl. Read more…

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Here's what people in every state are ordering for Valentine's Day

Here’s what people in every state are ordering for Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and anxious lovers everywhere are busy googling for gift ideas.

But every person is unique, and everyone wants something different. Over at Estately, a national real estate blog, analysts measured what each state googled for ‘Valentine’s Day gifts.’ As it turns out, each state loves a little differently.

In short: God bless South Dakota, congratulations Mississippi, I am moving to California tomorrow.

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To collect the data, Estately used ran hundreds of search terms through Google trends, and separated it by state. Read more…

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I took a first date to a sewage treatment plant for Valentine’s Day

I took a first date to a sewage treatment plant for Valentine’s Day

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Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve loved sewage treatment plants

From the moment I first downloaded Sim City to today, I’ve had a deep, abiding passion for wastewater management systems — and wanted to share that part of my life with someone special.

So when I saw that Brooklyn’s very own Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant was having a special Valentine’s Day tour, I hatched a plan. I threw up my most highly-ranked profile picture and put a call out on Tinder, Facebook and OkCupid to find a date.

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Marmite is banning 'bae' from its personalized jars in time for Valentine's Day

Marmite is banning ‘bae’ from its personalized jars in time for Valentine’s Day

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LONDON — It’s that time of year again: Valentine’s Day. As lovers everywhere gear up to whisper sweet — and corny — nothings, Britain’s best-loved spread has decided to wade in and shut down the cringe-fest. Marmite has banned pet names “bae,” “snookums” and “baby cakes” from its personalised jars, to the relief of everyone

A survey of 2,000 UK adults, carried out by One Poll and cited in a statement from Marmite, found that “bae,” “snookums” and “baby cakes” are the country’s top three most-hated terms of endearment. Bizarrely, the least-hated names included “honey,” “sweetness” and “treacle,” gaining only 1.8% of the vote Read more…

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