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We used to deliberately try to make people cry on Valentines Day (#Valentines2020 thread)
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Valentine's Day is a day when people around the world celebrate love. We used to use it as a day to tell strangers we thought they were a wanker.
Between the 18 and 1940s, as well as regular "yeah I quite fancy you to be honest" Valentines cards, there started a tradition of sending out "Vinegar Valentines" - cards to tell people you secretly hated them, or some other horrible thing that you would never say to their face.
In what was essentially the Beta version of the Internet, people would send out cards designed to insult the recipient, focusing on everything from how fugly they were, to highlighting a massive personality defect that made them fundamentally unlovable.
They would inform the reader, through a crudely drawn cartoon and a poem, that they were preachy, shrews, stingy or even an alcoholic, even though a "here's what you look like you big drunk" card from Clintons probably isn't the most tactful way of staging an intervention.
"BALD HEAD" one read in all caps, underneath a picture of an undeniably bald head.

"Your bright shining pate is seen at all shows,
and invariably down in the bald-headed rows,
where you make conspicuous by your tender care,
your true ardent love for that one lonesome hair."
Imagine being alone on Valentines day, receiving a card, paying the postage*, opening it up and finding out "ah I'm being informed I'm bald" as if you'd never encountered a mirror.
Another read:

"Why maiden why, are you so very shy?
Pray don't imagine for a moment I,
Am on the point of making love to you,
For you are much mistaken if you do"
Essentially telling the reader that the sender didn't find them very fuckable.
So popular were Vinegar Valentines, that they specialised just as much as birthday cards. There were cards made to insult just about anyone in any profession, just in case you wanted to get very specific and personal in your anonymous insult of a stranger on Valentines Day.
There were even reports (though sketchy) of cards sent out encouraging people to commit suicide, and other reports (also sketchy) that someone did commit suicide after receiving one.
You think card shops are bad now, imagine the crush of people emerging from their basements in early February to make someone who once rejected them feel a bit sad on Valentine's Day.
"I want to insult a doctor."
"Try the doctor section."
"Need to call him a big baldy twat."
"Big baldy twat doctor section, aisle three."
"Hmm, it's good but I really want him to kill himself."
"Kill yourself you big baldy twat, aisle three."
"He's 47 and called Greg."
"Sir, you can keep listing very specific requirements and I'm going to keep telling you aisle fucking three, now move along, you're holding up the big queue of terrible anonymous stranger-trolling wankers I call loyal customers."
There are so many of them. All to make somebody feel like shit on couples day.
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