Hated by many, adored obnoxiously by few, it's a day in which, if coupled, you're likely to be forced to do something rote and clichéd that costs more money than usual in order to prove your love. Alternatively, it's a day in which, if single, you risk falling into a bleary, stereotypical haze of weeping and stuffing yourself with chocolates to mourn the fact that you have no "Valentine."
We are here to help you through either of these unfortunate contingencies with this list, which will either provide something original for your last-minute V-Day plans ... or will merely remind you how glad you are to be single.
The "date": Head to one of America's finest dining establishments, White Castle (better make a reservation!), where February 14 begins at 5 p.m. and you'll get a free dessert "and other heart-felt mementos" with your Valentine's Day dinner. They're also offering the chance to enter your "lovey-dovey" photo in their contest and win matching T-shirts, plus an at-home V-Day dinner kit.
Why you should do it: Where there is heat, there is steam. Also, free dessert.
The "date": The Waffle House will become "more of a 5-star sit down and less fast production waffle house" at select locations across 15 states. This means tablecloths, alcohol-free champagne, and cloth napkins, plus a more "specialized" menu. Check here for a Valentine's Day dinner locale near you.
Why you should do it: It's your most romantic chance to perfect the phrase "scattered, smothered, and covered." Also, the Waffle House seems wonderfully self-aware.
The "date": Qdoba Mexican Grill will give you a second entree free if you kiss a "significant other, friend, family member, or even an understanding stranger" at the cash register on Valentine's Day.
Why you should do it: No offense, Qdoba, but maybe you shouldn't. This is how contagions start.
Read the full story at The Atlantic Wire.