“My funny valentine/Sweet comic valentine,” Lorenz Hart wrote to accompany a Richard Rodgers melody in one number from the 1937 musical “Babes in Arms.” As this year’s Valentine’s Day approaches, the Bronx Zoo is offering a rare chance for you to send a funny valentine of your own. Whether it will be appreciated by the recipient depends on how good a sport she or he is.
The Associated Press reports (via Yahoo News) that for a $10 donation, the zoo’s Wildlife Conservation Society will name a Madagascar hissing cockroach after your better (or worse) half.
The zoo’s website features a jarring glamour shot — a 2-inch-wide roach image, resplendent amid the rose petals.
Among the selling points: the creature’s “surprisingly high tolerance for radiation.”
The headline: “Seal it with a Hiss.”
According to the zoo, thousands of “hopeless romantics” have availed themselves of this curious opportunity.