Zoo Will Name a Rat After Your Ex and Feed It to a Snake on Valentine's Day | 22 Words

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

If you're single, here's an idea for you.

People have started a strange trend for Valentine's day, and we can see why everyone's going crazy for it...

What really is the meaning behind Valentine's day?

Valentine's day might just be a big corporate scheme, but it doesn't have to be.

It's more than that.

It's no surprise that card and flower companies exploit Valentine's day for all it's worth, but the day itself happens to have a rich history.

Who is St. Valentine?

It all started in the third century... With a guy called Claudius the second; he banned his people from getting married because he believed it made his soldiers weeker.

Someone needs a hug.

One of Claudius' Roman priests - St. Valentine - felt this was out of order, and began marrying the soldiers behind his back.

He did him dirty.

When Claudius found out about St. Valentine's betrayal, he was sentenced to jail. Funnily enough, this is where he met the love of his life. Ironic, right?

This was obviously forbidden.

The love of his life turned out to be the jailer's daughter, which was obviously forbidden.

Things escalated.

St. Valentine was sentenced to death. It's what he did before his execution that created the tradition of Valentine's day.

He sent a love letter.

Signed "your Valentine," just before being executed on February the 14th.

It went on to signify the beginning of spring.

Nowadays, it's a way for people to express their love and gratitude for the special people in their lives. And a way for big companies to turn the holiday into a big money-making event.

It's crazy how much people spend.

According to the National Retail Federation, people are expected to spend an average of $161 on Valentine's day.

It doesn't just have to be a box of chocolates or a teddy bear.

Valentine's day has seen many people around the world celebrate the day in wacky and wonderful ways, to show the people they love that they care.

But what if you're single?

Well, that doesn't mean you shouldn't celebrate Valentine's Day!

In fact, it's a great opportunity to do something for you.

Hey, if no one else is getting you a gift, might as well get one for yourself, right?

And if you've just had a breakup ...

Valentine's Day can feel super hard.

But San Antonio Zoo has come up with an innovative solution.

They're offering customers the ideal single-person Valentine's Day gift - revenge!

The event is called "cry me a cockroach."

"You can name a live cockroach, and we'll serve it up as a snack to one of our animals."

And, even better?

"If your ex was a snake, you could even name a rat, and we'll feed it to a reptile!"

The revenge comes at a bargain price.

A cockroach will set you back $5, while a rat costs $25.

Not in the San Antonio area?

Don't fear! The event will be live-streamed for salty singletons around the globe.

So being single on Valentine's day needn't be a sad event!

Interested in this brutal opportunity? Apply here. Fancy more single-appropriate Valentine's Day options? Scroll on for the Nike Air Max editions featuring a broken heart.