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Looking for love this Valentine's Day? STOP looking immediately. What you need to be looking for is HATE if you want to find your perfect mate.
That's the theory- or at least joke- behind an ongoing "speed hating" night in London. The idea is to go in and tell the other person what you hate, even if what you hate is them.
According to a recent article in the Guardian, speed hating is the brainchild of club producers Mike Toller and Carl Hill. The general idea is you go in, get assigned a fake name, and then- in the style of speed dating- move around a room telling prospective partners what you HATE- and what you hate can include them.
According to the website for the organizers, Down with Dating, the events are meant to be an alternative to ordinary methods of dating.
Tired of dating events treating you like chopped liver? Want something different? Then come and join us at Down With Dating! We promise the most alternative night to meet people you will ever go to. Take part in the World-Famous Speed Hating, have fun with Blind Hate, drink some beer and generally mess about!
Interestingly enough, there are no women's tickets left (this is, so far, a hetero-only service). Does that mean that women love to hate more than men? Or just that women have more to hate than men?
Who knows, but in terms of an excellent way to spend St. Valentine's Day, what could be better than telling the poor bloke sitting across from you that you hate his clothes, his nose, and his entire pathetic existence. If he smiles and says that he hates your ugly face, your stupid hair, and the shoes you're wearing, then Cupid will shoot arrows from his quiver to make yours the most magical love/hate story ever.