The following is an excerpt from Sarah Hutto | February 10, 2018 | Nytimes.com |
Myth: Valentine’s Day was named after St. Valentine, the Roman saint of courtly love.
Fact: You don’t need love to have a good time. You don’t even need friends
Myth: A St. Valentine’s key is a small metal token given in some European countries as both a romantic symbol and a charm to ward off epilepsy.
Fact: Epilepsy can be treated with medication, unlike being in love, which is often fatal.
Myth: Ancient Romans practiced Lupercalia, a fertility rite involving the whipping of women with the raw hides of sacrificed animals.
Fact: Lupercalia is still practiced today, figuratively, through the voluntary act of online dating.
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