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10 Untranslatable Words to Describe Love in Other Languages

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The feeling of falling in love can be hard to put into words, but there are plenty of languages that describe the phenomenon a whole lot better than English does. Expedia put together a list of international words with no direct English translation describing specific aspects of love. The travel company collected 10 amorous words from the Positive Lexicography Project, from the Portuguese word for the motion of running your fingers through a beloved’s hair to an Inuit word for the anticipatory feeling you get when you’re sitting at home waiting for someone special to come over. Go ahead and try some of these out on your valentine (you can scroll on the image below):

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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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