today i learned – weds 14th feb 2018

happy valentine’s day y’all! i hope that, regardless of your relationship status, you have a good one #benandjerrysftw πŸ™ŒπŸ»

anyway, i’ll be honest, today’s valentine’s special has genuinely disturbed me a little 😳

#tdil about the origins of valentine’s day and how it used to be pretty darn grim 😷

right, i’m pretty sure this will go down as one of the weirdest facts on the blog πŸ˜‚ like, valentine’s used to be hella sinister!

apparently, no one is actually sure where the tradition started but most historians give the credit to the romans and their celebrations of the ‘feast of lupercalia’

the feast took place from feb 13th to the 15th and was a thing because it apparently helped the romans to purify the city and avert evil spirits 😈

right, here’s where we get a bit weird and disturbing πŸ˜… … the way that they did this was to have the men sacrifice a goat or a dog and then whip the women with the hide of the dead animal 😳

apparently they all believed that this whipping led to greater fertility … like, the women would actually line up for their turn to get whipped πŸ˜…

you’re probably wondering where valentine’s comes into this whole deal πŸ™ˆ well, after the romans executed two catholic martyrs called ‘valentine’ … the catholics started a day of honour called st.valentine’s day.

this day of honour was later combined with the feast of lupercalia by pope gelasius in the 5th century. whilst the whole whipping and death thing was dropped, it remained a day of love and fertility πŸ‘πŸ»

boom! valentine’s history (possibly) explained πŸ™ŒπŸ» pretty weird isn’t it … like, our day of mad love and cupid β™₯️ actually exists because of dog/goat death πŸ’€, women whipping and catholic martyrdom πŸ˜…

valentine’s day ruined? you’re welcome πŸ˜‚ #sozza enjoy the rest of valentine’s day 😜

love you all 😘 #tdil

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look at that, one year after the blog’s creation, it remains just as weird as ever 😏 fancy reading more stuff? take a gander over ->here<-

(image time! one is ->here<-, two is ->here<-, three is ->here<- and the header is ->here<-)

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