Awww: Heart-shaped moles and bribing a stranger for a date

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, I could have written about heart health, or detailed the calorie count in the giant $40 box of chocolates I just spotted at my local Hannaford.

But instead I’ll share a couple of oddball romance-related tidbits I’ve been collecting in recent days. You know, for love.

Heart-shaped moles


The Journal of the American Medical Association celebrates Valentine’s Day today by tweeting a link to an article called “A Love of Dermatology.” If the clinical language doesn’t sweep you off your feet, maybe the compilation of heart-shaped moles will melt your ice cold muscular organ that pumps blood through your circulatory system.

“Bearing only slight resemblance to the anatomic human heart, many claim the symbol arose from the ancient Sumerian cuneiform for woman. Nevertheless, the shape continues to represent romantic love the world over, as evidenced on St. Valentine’s Day each February.”

Bribing for a date

I delete many of the unsolicited press releases that flood my inbox, but this one stopped me in my tracks.

“The world’s only bribe-for-a-date site,, asked 1,372 women to share what gift they would accept, under $250, in exchange to go on a Valentine’s Day date with a complete stranger. The top gift choice was, drumroll please -–A juicer! … They say the way to a woman’s heart is through the kitchen, and a juicer is apparently worth the “squeeze” this Valentine’s Day.”

It continues: “ reveals what truly encourages women to go on a first date with a complete stranger on Valentine’s Day. (My emphasis added).

Forget the juicer, tell me more about the creepiest of all online dating sites.

“Carrot Dating allows users to bribe other singles in exchange for a first date. The site features a variety of unconventional gifts, including a tank of gas or plastic surgery, that incentivizes first dates and encourages more dating activity … In order to communicate, men and women are first required to choose a bribe. Once the bribe has been accepted, both users can schedule their exchange and the first date. Since launching in November 2013, the site has garnered over 100,000 members.”

To quote Meatloaf, I would do anything for love. But I won’t do that.





Jackie Farwell

About Jackie Farwell

I'm the health editor for the Bangor Daily News, a Bangor native, a UMaine grad, and a weekend crossword warrior. I never get sick of writing about Maine people, geeking out over health care data, and finding new ways to help you stay well. I live in Gorham with my husband Nick and our hound dog Riley.