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10 DIY Valentines For the Geeks You Love

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There’s certainly no shame in purchasing store-bought cards to give to your valentine or to have the kids hand out at school. If you prefer to take the Hallmark out of this Hallmark holiday, however, you can whip together these custom cards for your favorite geek.

1. STAR WARS


Star Wars never went out of style, but with the recent release of The Force Awakens, the franchise is more relevant than ever. With just a couple of Pixy Stix and two cleverly placed slits, you can make a card that will please both Jedi and Sith alike.

2. SCRABBLE

It's not often that you can combine a snack food, a board game, and a valentine—but Positively Splendid blogger Amy does with this edible Scrabble-themed love note. The card is the perfect way to tell your favorite word nerd that you love them. Amy provides the printables, but you'll have to find the Scrabble Cheez-Its on your own.

3. NERDS

Why hone in on a specific type of nerd when you can give a sweet shout-out to them all? Just buy a few packages of Nerds candy, then head over to No Biggie and print the blogger's adorably dorky templates for free.

4. PERIODIC TABLE

For a double dose of geek-chic, pour Nerds candy into a tube, then top the tube with a message that's spelled out with the periodic table of elements. You can write your own, or you can print these free tags from Plentytude.

5. DINOSAURS


What's better than dinosaurs? Dinosaurs telling bad jokes, of course. This candy-free valentine from Wine & Glue will appeal to both the amateur paleontologists and the pun enthusiasts in your life.

6. MINECRAFT

Know a Minecraft fan or two? They'll surely get a kick out of these creeper gum wrappers and printable cards. Get the free templates from Simple As That.

7. CIRCUITS

Anne at Left Brain Craft Brain will teach you how to create an impressive yet surprisingly simple circuit using an electric paint pen, LED lights, and coin cell batteries.

8. GOLDEN SNITCHES

If you have a friend who's crazy about Harry Potter, she'll be thrilled to grab one of these Golden Snitch valentines. The basic formula is bouncy ball + gold candy foil + cardstock wings, but you can get the step-by-step (including a wing template) at Craftster.

9. TARDIS

Any Doctor Who fan will fall in love with this TARDIS card at first sight. But what's not immediately apparent from the picture is that it's a TARDIS card that's bigger on the inside. Visit TripleThreatLibrarian to get the tutorial on how to create this fold-out masterpiece. (Sonic screwdriver not required.)

10. OPTICAL ILLUSION

Two for one: These spinner valentines are easy to make—especially with the template provided by Babble Dabble Do. They also provide a great science lesson about how your eye processes rapidly moving visual information.

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5 Times Scientists Played Animal Matchmakers
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Most animal relationships look pretty effortless, but sometimes even Mother Nature needs a little push. We found five romantic (and not-so-romantic) stories of scientists stepping in where Cupid failed. 

1. JEREMY, THE BACKWARD SNAIL

Appearance isn’t everything when you’re a snail, but it does help to at least have your genitals on the right side of your body. Researchers in the UK found a garden snail whose body plan—from the whorl of "his" shell to the location of his reproductive organs—was a mirror image of other snails’. They named their new backward friend Jeremy and asked the public for help finding another lefty snail to be his sweetie. Amazingly, they succeeded, although Jeremy is reportedly taking his time warming up to his date. (Snails are hermaphroditic, but the researchers decided to use male pronouns for Jeremy.)

2. ORANGUTAN TINDER 

An orangutan at the National Zoo plays with an iPad. Image Credit: Jen Zoon, Smithsonian's National Zoo via Flickr // CC BY-ND 2.0

Researchers at one Dutch zoo are giving a female orangutan the chance to swipe and select her next mate. The four-year experiment was designed to improve 11-year-old Samboja’s odds of getting pregnant, as previous studies have found that mating success rates increase when animals get to choose their own partners.  

3. SWINGER

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As populations of endangered animals dwindle in the wild, so, too, do their gene pools. To help prevent inbreeding among captive-bred animals, researchers at Flinders University created SWINGER. This saucily named program uses a matchmaking algorithm to help conservationists identify suitable mates for the animals in their care. 

4. KISSES FOR KOALAS

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The staff at the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation in Australia rely on similar genetic matchmaking programs to pair off local koalas and bilbies. They’re looking to build healthier, more resilient animals that will succeed and thrive in the wild. “We want little guys,” foundation director Al Mucci told Australia’s 9 News, “and lots of them returned back to the wild in those fragmented communities.”

5. A 16-ARMED EMBRACE

Nothing says “romance” like being set up, formally introduced, then monitored as you get your groove on. The Seattle Aquarium’s annual Octopus Blind Date event pairs two of-age Pacific octopuses, each weighing more than 40 pounds, for what aquarium staff hope will be a whirlwind affair. Each date is not without its risks; octopuses are naturally solitary creatures, and sometimes they’d rather eat each other than get it on.

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New Zealand KFC Hands Out Valentine's Day Bouquets of Fried Chicken
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A typical Valentine’s Day date involves flowers and a romantic dinner, but this year, a Kentucky Fried Chicken outpost in Auckland, New Zealand, helped fast food fans upgrade those staples. As The New Zealand Herald reports, the city’s Quay Street location handed out edible Valentine’s Day “bouquets”—made from popcorn chicken, crispy strips, and drumsticks—to a handful of lucky couples.

KFC announced the giveaway on Facebook, and hungry lovers tagged their significant others in the comments thread for the chance to score their own meaty bouquet. On February 14, the franchise’s Quay Street store distributed 20 bouquets to winners, and an additional 18 were hand-delivered to "known KFC-lovers,” according to Newshub.co.nz.

The contest was inspired by another successful holiday event. In December, KFC New Zealand celebrated the holiday season by giving away limited-edition, fried chicken-scented candles as part of their “KFC Advent Calendar” social media promotion.

"Following on from the success of the candle, we decided to release a limited edition Valentine's Day item especially for the fried-chicken lover," KFC NZ marketing director Clark Wilson said in a statement, quoted by The Herald. "We think it smells even better than the traditional bunch of Valentine's Day flowers."

And it tastes better, too. "If I had a choice between a bouquet of roses and a bouquet of fried chicken, I'd definitely choose the fried chicken," Ollie Mason-Clarke, one of the lucky recipients, told The Herald. "They both smell nice, but you can't eat roses."

[h/t Mashable]

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