Anti-Valentines

Broken heartYes, they do exist.  Check out a really entertaining post by Amanda Claunch at the blog of the Missouri Historical Society.  A taste:

In the Victorian era and into the early 20th century, it was also popular to send “vinegar valentines” to fend off unwanted suitors or to tell someone you didn’t like how you really felt. Always insulting, the cards mocked a person’s profession, personal characteristics, or appearance. To add insult to injury, the cards were designed to be anonymous and didn’t require postage, necessitating the recipient to pay for delivery.

Relatively few of these vinegar valentines survived, because the recipients frequently destroyed them. There are even accounts of these mean-spirited missives resulting in fistfights, lawsuits, and shootings! The Missouri Historical Society’s collections contain hundreds of valentines, and among the cards covered in hearts, lacy cut-outs, and sentimental poetry, there are also some zingers.

Read the entire piece and see the anti-Valentines here.

Top Ten Springsteen Love Songs

For Valentines Day, “Ultimate Classic Rock” website picked the ten best.  Here they are:

10.  Two Hearts
9.  Girls in Their Summer Clothes
8.  Candy’s Room
7.  Reno
6.  Because the Night
5.  Brilliant Disguise
4.  Rosalita
3.  The River
2.  I’m on Fire
1.  If I Should Fall Behind

The folks at Blogness on the Edge of Town want to know which songs should be added (or subtracted) from the list.  I would probably add the following songs:

For You
4th of July Asbury Park (Sandy)
She’s the One
Save My Love
Open All Night
Kingdom of Days
Queen of the Supermarket (Yes, I picked this one!) 

Enjoy! Happy Valentine’s Day.