Lobsters like their foreplay.
Lobsters like their foreplay.
Happy heart hump-hump day! To celebrate, we're bringing back io9 Valentine's Cards! Why? Because you're all a pack of weirdos, but you're OUR weirdos and we love you. So enjoy our festive collection of geeky love and pop culture references.
Batman's never been particularly lucky in love, so normally he doesn't even mess with it. But when he does, like in these amazing 1966 valentines that Mark Anderson dug up, it reveals that the world of Bat-romance is a very strange place. Suffice it to say, Batman screaming "VA-ROOOM!" is the least creepy of the lot.
K. Jonas Nordby—a runologist doing his PhD research at the University of Oslo—has cracked the jötunvillur code, a secret rune code used by Vikings in the 13th century. He has been able to decipher 80 Norse inscriptions, including a romantic message that says "Kiss me."
You haven't made Valentine's Day plans yet. That's okay! Who needs 'em? Manufactured holiday, singlehood empowerment, overpriced prix fixe menus. But if you must make a romantic gesture next month, let it be this card. It sums up modern relationships pretty much perfectly.
It's Valentine's Day! Meaning everything is terrible. But things might get just a tiny bit better with a new app that Eternal Sunshines your Facebook timeline of your former ex quickly so you never have to worry about running into them again.
Celebrate Valentine's Day, Westeros-style — with these incredible Game of Thrones V-day cards by illustrator Chris Bishop. When he's not doing children's illustrations or working for PBS Kids, Bishop is apparently trying to think of ways to celebrate incest, murder and horrific mutilations in greeting card form.
These days, science can back anything, huh? Like this crazy list of "scientific tips" that'll improve your dating life:
Can a cool gadget destroy your love? If it didn't already, it will. Or something else will, anyway. Happy Valentines Day! [Thanks Karl!]
It's fun to be a hater and dump on the lovers' holiday, but it's even more fun to take that chance and declare your love for that person you so admire. And what better way to do it than with these scifi themed Valentines by yours truly?
Sexting may seem like a relatively recent phenomenon, but in truth it's as old as mankind itself. Here's a walk back through the illustrious history of the SMS booty call:
Planning on dumping your dame (or dude) anytime soon? Make every future Valentine's Day extra special for your ex by giving them a breakup memory they'll never forget! Here are a few high tech ways to get the message across.
Slaves were creating mosaic objects thousands of years BC, but I bet they never dreamed of a bathtub covered in glittering photo-luminescent mosaic tiles. In fact, I bet they never even knew what a bathtub was.
Between Twitter-holic dates, Facebook relationship status changes, sexting, gadget mishaps, and that time you emailed nude pictures to your ex, there are plenty of ways for tech to affect relationships. What we want are your Valentine's Day romance horror stories.
I know, I know. That picture is like looking into the sun. But this swimwear serves a very important function—it enhances a man's package to combat the dreaded shrinkage effect.
Today we celebrate the unsung hero of the trade show, the creepy guy who stops at nothing to acquire the perfect shot of a girl who probably hates him.
Screw chocolates. If you must be tacky and celebrate Valentine's, "tell her about your love with a heart-shaped pork dumpling instead of chocolate. Satisfaction guaranteed." At least, that's what my friend Kumiko says. [Thanks Kumiko]