The Common Good

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Valentine's Day Edition

Happy Valentines Day! Have you seen today’s Google doodle?

This week, some of our favorite radio documentaries take a look at love, commitment, and desire. Check out two good ones from This American Life and The Moth

Are you familiar with the 10 greatest kisses in literature? [Flavor Wire]

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Canadian denim company Naked & Famous released scratch and sniff raspberry scented jeans. [Time NewsFeed]

Eggs, pancakes, and pizza are just a few of the tasty heart shaped meals you can serve this Valentine’s Day. [Mental Floss]

Love songs appear on albums year-round, but on Valentines Day the mixtapes are in full swing, and the quest for the best love song is on. Check out Nerve’s 50 Best Love Songs of All Time and NPR Music’s “For the One and Only” mixtape. 

Cut past the commercial, manufactured look of Valentines with something more authentic. Occupy Valentine’s Day is out to make Valentine’s Day better for all. [Occupy Valentine’s Day]

In NYC and still stumped for a Valentine’s Day plan? Newton Creek’s Wastewater Plant is offering lovers a tour of its facility, “it may not be romantic, but it will give you a story to tell,” says superintendent Jim Pynn. [NY Daily News]

Love is the universal language; see it translate across language and space in the short film, “Show Your Love.” [via Neatorama]

Valentine’s Day isn’t only for humans, here’s a collection of videos of animals kissing people and one another. And while you're thinking about animals, check out this clip of a leopards in a kissing booth. [Huffington Post]

History students: Here’s some clever cards to give to your friends today. [Ben Kling]

As part of a campaign to make New Zealanders aware of domestic abuse, “Love isn’t always what it seems” is a collection of Valentine’s Day cards that look warm and fuzzy on the outside, but inside lies a dark and surprising message. [Saatchi & Saatchi]

Joshua Witchger is an online assistant at Sojourners. Read more from Joshua at hail fellow well met or follow him (and send your Valentine's Day Greetings) on his fancy new Twitter account @JoshyTweety.

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