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Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2015
English: Saint Valentine kneeling

Valentine?

Today is Valentine’s Day, or St. Valentine‘s Day. Who was Valentine and why does he get a day named after him? The truth is, nobody really knows.Valentine or Valentinus was the name of an early Christian saint and martyr. The trouble is that nothing is known of him except his name. He may have been a Roman priest who was martyred in 269. There was a Valentine who was bishop of Terni who may have been the same man. St. Valentine was dropped from the Roman calendar of Saints in 1969 because of these uncertainties but local churches may still celebrate his day.

It is also not certain how Valentine’s day became associated with love. Some have speculated that the holiday was a Christian substitute for the Roman festival of Lupercalia. However, there is no hint of any association of Valentine’s Day with romance until the time of Chauncer. The holiday seems to have really taken off with the invention of greeting cards.

. Valentine postcard, circa 1900–1910

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Zombie Teddy Bears

February 7, 2013

I don’t know if this artist is going to start selling them here across the pond anytime soon, but I really want one. You can find the story here.

A British artist has created a range of zombie teddy bears – just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Phillip Blackman describes his ‘UndeadTeds‘ as “repurposed soft toys transformed into fluffy, bloody horrors to keep you awake at night”.

The 45-year-old, who lives near Ipswich in Suffolk, makes them using old toys and movie-standard gory effects.

“The inspiration came from a rather obscure in-joke between my partner and I,” he said. “She had a terrible cold at the time and we’d been talking about a gift for a friend’s baby.

“With a very stuffy nose “teddy-bear” kept coming out as “deady-bear” and we joked about zombie teddies that creep from under your bed at night to feast on your brains while you sleep.

“I’d been a fan of the Romero-style Zombies since my teens and in my youth I had obtained some minor qualifications in theatrical and special effects make-up; specifically prosthetics and gore.

“I already knew how to make a person into a zombie, so why not use the same techniques and skills on the teddies!

“Each UndeadTed takes in excess of eight hours to make, not including the time it takes for glue, paint and varnish to dry.

“I price them individually depending on size, complexity, materials used and time taken. Most are listed at around the £40 to £60 mark.

“They’ve all been great fun to make but of all the ones I’ve made so far my favourites are the Valentine ones, holding their torn-out hearts aloft as a grisly gift to their lovers. Horrible.”

I wonder how much £40 to £60 is in American dollars and how much shipping from Britain might cost

Update: Here is Phillip Blackman’s website UndeadTeds. His Etsy store is here. He does ship to America but he is out of stock at the moment. Too bad.


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