In an odd twist of fate, (which actually seems quite appropriate to many) the first superstitions around the number thirteen were associated with the saint we identify with Valentine's Day. There are actually two saints with the name of Valentine. One of the two was beaten on the 13th of February, by thirteen men with thirteen clubs. He died thirteen hours later -- on the fourteenth of February. After he was dead, his head was cut off and taken by thirteen men on thirteen horses to thirteen provinces of Rome. The Emperor at the time, Claudius the Cruel, coincidentally, was the thirteenth ruler to have the appellation "cruel" appended to his name.
Thirteen years after Valentine's death, a council of thirteen sadistic, ugly, Romans, all of whom suffered from teratosis incurred as a result of the pairing of cousins at the Feast of Lupercalia (a feast which was celebrated on the 15th of February to ensure fertility) decided to reassess the traditional Feast activities.
Later, their goal would center upon eliminating all the silly, pink and red fluffy hearts and chalky candy conversation hearts, which were to become the new symbols of the holiday. They hoped to eliminate these sugary sentiments by infusing the day with as much violence as possible, but their attempts in this respect, unfortunately, failed.edited to add: LJ cut isn't working right. Sorry...
teratosis / TEAR - a - TOE - sis / noun Latin a biological freak or monstrosity.
This word is primarily used in medical fields. It describes any number of defects, from being born with a tail, or deformed limbs to problems caused by fetal alcohol syndrome.