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Couple goes viral with Valentine's Day love song lip sync

An Indianapolis has put their love and lip sync talents on display and their video has gone viral with more than 16 million views since they posted it on Sunday.

They started posting their comedic lip sync videos since 2015 for their kids as a way for them to see how much fun the couple had when they were younger, WXIN reported

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Every Friday they post a new video to their YouTube page

But they did an extra special one for the day of love - a mashup of love songs including "I Will Always Love You," "Love Lifts Us Up Where We Belong" and "You're the One That I Want," complete with costumes matching the song.

LOVE SONGS OF THE DECADES❤️ VALENTINE'S DAY LIP SYNC ---> Love Songs Of The Decades 🎤Thanks to Costumes By Margie for helping us bring these love songs to life!______________________NEW vid every FRIDAY!Like + Comment + Share :) CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL us on Facebook us on Instagram us on Twitter#KristinAndDannyPosted by Kristin and Danny on Sunday, February 12, 2017

Mail ordered flowers fall short on Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day 2017 has come and gone, but the gifts are still here.

Some flowers hit it out of the ballpark, while others fell flat and droopy.

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And while many said it was the thought that counted to their loved ones, they took to Twitter to complain to one mail order flower company about no deliveries, unbloomed flowers and ones that seem to be destined for a quick trip to the garbage pail.

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Toddler with Down syndrome melts hearts on Valentine's Day

The story of a boy with Down syndrome went viral after a local modeling agency rejected him for a clothing ad -- and now, he's melting our hearts even more this Valentine's Day. 

In July, Meagan Nash submitted her son's photos to a talent agency handling a casting call for OshKosh B'Gosh, the popular children's clothing brand owned by children's clothing retailer Carter's. She never heard anything back, and a few months later, she contacted the talent agency. 

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The agency told Nash that Asher's photos hadn't even been submitted because OshKosh "didn't specify that they wanted a baby with special needs."  

That didn't sit right -- and the internet took over. 

Related: PHOTOS: Toddler with Down syndrome melts our hearts on Valentine's Day

After Asher's story went viral, an OshKosh B'Gosh representative said, "We have extended an invitation to Asher to participate in an upcoming photo shoot and are excited to include him in our advertising.” 

Now, months later, Asher is still brightening the world with his adorable smile and making everyone wish he was their Valentine.  Photographer Crystal Barbee captured pictures of Asher Nash this Valentine's Day

"I love working with Asher, he's such a happy, loving, sweet little man," Barbee said on Facebook of her photoshoot muse.

Barack and Michelle Obama share sweet Valentine's Day messages to each other

Valentine's Day may be bittersweet for some, but it's filled with love for the Obamas.

Harper's Bazaar reported that the two shared affectionate messages with each other across their social media channels Monday.

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"Happy Valentine’s Day, @michelleobama! Almost 28 years with you, but it always feels new," the former president said in a tweet to Mrs. Obama.

Happy Valentines Day, @michelleobama! Almost 28 years with you, but it always feels new. pic.twitter.com/O0UhJWoqGN— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 14, 2017

The same message was posted to his Instagram page. Accompanying each message was a photo of Barack Obama leaning into Michelle Obama, who has clasped arms and a beaming smile.

Michelle Obama shared a photo of the two with their feet in the sand, captioning social media posts with, "Happy Valentine's Day to the love of my life and favorite island mate, @BarackObama."

Happy Valentine's Day to the love of my life and favorite island mate, @barackobama. #valentines A post shared by Michelle Obama (@michelleobama) on Feb 14, 2017 at 8:04am PST

The Obamas were seen vacationing with Virgin Group founder and billionaire Richard Branson in the British Virgin Islands.

The former first couple took a break after leaving the White House and following the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

The history of Valentine's Day

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contributed to this report.

Today’s version of Valentine’s Day is a celebration of romantic love, companionship and propping up the flower industry. But do you know where it came from? 

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The exact details of the origin of Valentine’s Day have long been a mystery, but most stories point back to at least two martyred saints named Valentine. According to the legends, the Roman Emperor Claudius II executed two men named Valentine on Feb. 14 of different years. 

One story claims that Valentine was a priest in third-century Rome. Claudius II thought that single men made better soldiers, so he outlawed young men from marrying. When Valentine defied this order and kept performing marriages, Claudius had him executed. 

Another story claims Valentine was killed for trying to help Christians escape Roman prisons. When he was imprisoned, he fell in love with a girl and sent her the first Valentine, a letter he signed “From your Valentine.”

Like many holidays, Valentine’s Day also has pagan roots. “Others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to ‘Christianize’ the pagan celebration of Lupercalia,” according to one story. “Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.”

Today the holiday is celebrated in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia. 

Americans have been exchanging cards since the early 18th century. Hallmark began selling Valentine’s Day cards in 1913. The company estimates more than 110 million cards are exchanged for the holiday each year.  

Single? Hooters has a deal that'll get you free wings on Valentine's Day

Whether you've recently experienced a dramatic, emotionally exhausting breakup or an amicable separation from a recent boyfriend or girlfriend, Hooters wants to show its loyal customers some love and appreciation. 

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The popular restaurant is giving away free wings to anyone who destroys a picture of his or her ex on Valentine's Day.

All you have to do is answer four easy questions and the restaurant will recommend shredding, burning, burying or throwing darts at a photo of your former partner.

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Complete the task online and get a coupon for 10 free boneless wings with the purchase of 10 at a participating Hooters restaurant on Valentine's Day only. Customers also have the option of shredding the photo in person at participating locations, which will use a shredding machine to ruin pictures, according to Thrillist.

Best way to get over your ex: Shred 'em and Forget 'em! https://t.co/Su1k7NEVvB #ShredYourEx pic.twitter.com/QZ6uSrc2cp— Hooters (@Hooters) February 6, 2017

 

Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil sees shadow, predicts 6 more weeks of winter

Punxsutawney Phil, the chubby rodent meteorologist from Gobbler’s Knob, saw his shadow Thursday morning and predicted six more weeks of winter. 

In lore that dates back 130 years, if Phil emerges from his hole and sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of cold weather, while no shadow means an early spring.

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But Phil has some competition. Georgia's Gen. Beauregard Lee, New York's Staten Island Chuck and Tennessee's Chattanooga Chuck all predicted an early spring Thursday.

The Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a warmer than normal February for most of the U.S. That warmth will continue for much of the South through New England into April.

So how accurate is Phil? Several computer whizzes have done the calculations.

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According to a 2015 Washington Post analysis of 30 years of forecasts in more than 200 cities, Phil was “technically right more times than not in some cities.”

“Even though Phil’s predictions proved correct for some areas of the country, the difference in average temperatures between years he predicted an early spring and years he did not varied by no more than a few degrees,” The Post found.

The National Centers for Environmental Information also released a report this week that looked at February and March temperatures compared to Phil’s past forecasts.

The number crunching found “no predictive skill for the groundhog during the most recent years of this analysis.”

5 things you didn't know about Groundhog Day

The desire to forecast the weather dates back thousands of years. Long before there were meteorologists with state-of-the-art technology for tracking atmospheric patterns, humans have relied on many things -- including furry little critters -- to help them determine changes in the weather and seasons.

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Thursday, Feb. 2, is Groundhog Day, and according to lore, the groundhog will emerge from his hole after a long winter’s nap. If it’s a sunny day, he’ll become frightened when he sees his shadow and skedaddle back into his burrow for six more weeks of winter. However, if it’s cloudy and he doesn’t see his shadow, it means spring is just around the corner.

Here are five things you may not know about Groundhog Day:

1. The holiday has its roots in the ancient Gaelic festival of Imbolc, held halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. It was the day when a female weather deity called the Cailleach, which means hag, was close to running out of firewood. If she wanted a nice, long winter, she’d make it a bright, sunny day that was good for going outside and gathering lots of firewood. But if it were cloudy, it meant the Cailleach was snug in her bed and sleeping and didn’t need to gather any more firewood because spring was on its way. Over time, Imbolc became Christianized and became St. Brigid’s Day, which was followed by Candlemas on Feb. 2.

2. The first reference to Groundhog Day in America was in 1841 in a diary entry by James Morris, a storekeeper in Morgantown, Pennsylvania. He quoted old poems -- from England, Scotland and Germany -- that equate a sunny Candlemas with a long winter.

3. The modern Groundhog Day tradition, however, really got started in 1887. Clymer H. Freas, a savvy businessman and the editor of the Punxsutawney Spirit newspaper in Pennsylvania, promoted the town’s very own groundhog as the official Groundhog Day meteorologist, thus turning Groundhog Day into a newsworthy event.

4. Groundhogs hibernate over the winter, and the males actually do come out of their burrows in February, interested in lining up future mating partners. They check out the burrows of the lady groundhogs, then go back into their burrows and hibernate until around early March, when it’s time to mate.

5. Groundhogs aren’t the only creatures thought to predict winter. Back in the late 1940s, Charles Howard Curran, an entomologist and the curator of the American Museum of Natural History in New York, began studying woolly bear caterpillars, which are tiger moth in its larvae stage, in early autumn. The woolly bear’s front and end are black, and the midsection is brown. Curran believed the wider the brown band, the milder the winter would be. Present-day entomologists say there’s no science to back up Curran’s claim.

Chinese New Year boosts demand for renting fake girlfriends, boyfriends

Looking for a fake girlfriend or boyfriend? There's an app for that.

According to Reuters, singles in China are turning to Help Me Plz and other date-rental apps to hire phony significant others to please pushy parents.

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Business was booming over the weekend for Chinese New Year celebrations, Hire Me Plz founder Cao Tiantian told Reuters.

"Over 1,000 users on our platform have signed up as dates for hire for the New Year's break," said Tiantian, whose app has 700,000 users.

Dates cost anywhere from 1 yuan (15 cents) to 1,999 yuan ($290) per hour, Reuters reported.

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Kraft Heinz pushes for national holiday after Super Bowl

Kraft Heinz Co. is making a push to make the day after America’s biggest sports spectacle a national holiday.

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According to Fox News, not only is the company giving their employees a day off on the Monday following the Super Bowl, but also it is petitioning for the entire country to give people the day off as well.

In an online petition, Heinz makes the case for “Smunday” by claiming that “statistics show over 16 million people call in sick or just don’t show up to work” on the day after the Super Bowl. The petition claims that if Heinz gets over 100,000 signatures, the idea will be sent to Congress. Over 30,000 people have already signed the week-old petition.

The New England Patriots will take on the Atlanta Falcons on Feb. 5 in this year’s Super Bowl. The Patriots reached the Super Bowl by defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers, who play their homes games at Heinz Field, in the AFC Championship game.

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