Ahh, Valentine's Day... A "holiday" that strikes fear in the hearts of the newly coupled, worried that their gift-giving and grand romantic gestures might not live up to the great expectations foisted upon us from Hallmark and countless RomComs.

It's also a day for singles to celebrate themselves, their friends and family, and maybe thumb their nose at society's pressure to be part of a couple come each fourteenth of February. (Hint: singles don't need a significant other to be able to celebrate how awesome they are!)

These cartoons - originally published in the Washington Post as part of the widely-syndicated Carolyn Hax advice column - point out how complicated people and relationships are, and how sometimes you just have to shake your head and laugh.

The artist, Nick Galifianakis, has been drawing his comic "Nick and Zuzu" for the Washington Post for over twenty years. The fact that Carolyn Hax is his ex-wife - and that they continue to work together as happily divorced colleagues - adds more than just a little irony to the work of this "relationship cartoonist".

Nick has a book of his work available in print: "If You Loved Me, You'd Think This Was Cute: Uncomfortably True Cartoons About You." The forward is written by his struggling actor cousin, Zach Galifianakis. The perfect gift for anyone with a sense of humor, or for that Ex without one!

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#1

Party Of One

Party Of One

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Jilltdcatlady 5 months ago

I know, right. How Dare she flaunt her carefree attitude and boundless joy in such a public setting. (lucky bitch)

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#2

Amen!

Amen!

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Kaisu Rei 5 months ago

Yes this is sometimes an important message for everyone to learn

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#3

Signs Everywhere

Signs Everywhere

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HANS 5 months ago

Jerk chicken, beef jerky?

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#4

Will You Be My Ex?

Will You Be My Ex?

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HANS 5 months ago

An X-rated story!

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#5

But I’m Different

But I’m Different

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Ms.Maria 5 months ago

Yes.

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#6

The Burn

The Burn

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Night Owl 5 months ago

That's possible too

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#7

The Hand-Me-Down

The Hand-Me-Down

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Andrea Jones 5 months ago

Yes... been there hahaha... lucky escape :)

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#8

Trust Your Instincts

Trust Your Instincts

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All With Heart 5 months ago

accurate.

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#9

Setting The Bar

Setting The Bar

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Night Owl 5 months ago (edited)

Should be. Short and to the point; I like it

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#10

Familiarity

Familiarity

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Enuya 5 months ago

That is actually pretty sweet.

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#11

A2 + B2 = Jerk2

A2 + B2 = Jerk2

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Lyrica Silvan 5 months ago

I mean, if you're losing either way, might as well be honest about it.

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#12

D.I.Y.

D.I.Y.

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Night Owl 5 months ago

That's a fair deal

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#13

The Keeper

The Keeper

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borklaser 5 months ago (edited)

Someone can be really awesome and treat you really well and still be completely wron for you.

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#14

The Drag

The Drag

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Night Owl 5 months ago

Speaking as a introvert...I feel you

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#15

Get That Cross-Stitched On A Pillow

Get That Cross-Stitched On A Pillow

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Night Owl 5 months ago

Ouch. Just the thought of it hurts

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#16

Tick-Tock...

Tick-Tock...

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Monty Glue 5 months ago

Is forever too long? Remember guys & girls, it's as good as it going to get now, they never improve so choose with care.

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#17

Things Are Looking Up

Things Are Looking Up

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K.R. 5 months ago

Life goals. ;)

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#18

The Future Viral Video

The Future Viral Video

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Night Owl 5 months ago

Nothing to lose, right?

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#19

Separation

Separation

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Jim Price 5 months ago

History is written by the winner.

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#20

Why Wait?

Why Wait?

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Night Owl 5 months ago

That's good to know

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#21

The Bestseller

The Bestseller

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Pamula Furness 5 months ago

Now this one I LOVE! They're all fantastic cartoons, please, give us more!

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#22

The Realist

The Realist

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Nizumi 5 months ago

Just get married already. Grand total for our wedding: $2,000 - that's rings (plural), dress/suit, license, BBQ with the family in the backyard.

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#23

The Close Call

The Close Call

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Arie Likes Coffee.... 5 months ago

It's not true love until you survive the roaches-and-ramen period.

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#24

Never A Second Date

Never A Second Date

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Johnny 5 months ago

I found the opposite - if you're not feeling the chemistry after the first date, you never will, don't waste time waiting for it to happen no matter how "perfect" that person seems on paper. When I met my future wife for the first time (not on a date), I felt the chemistry immediately and by the time we had our first date, I knew I wanted to marry her.

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#25

The Low Bar

The Low Bar

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Night Owl 5 months ago

Always look on the bright side of life 🎶

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#26

The Anti-Romantic

The Anti-Romantic

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Loki 5 months ago

reminds me of a couple at my school: a guy bought his gf matching vans, expensive makeup(Ik bc I wanted it forever), hot chips, a huge thing of sunflowers,2 giant bags of jolly ranchers and a venti Starbucks

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#27

Compliment Fail

Compliment Fail

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The Dutches 5 months ago

In denial of the fact that I am gay?

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#28

Putting It Together

Putting It Together

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Night Owl 5 months ago

How could he?!!

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#29

Someone For Everyone

Someone For Everyone

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Crouching_Penn_Hidden_Teller@yahoo.com 5 months ago

there is not someone for everyone. I'm convinced of it.

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#30

Settling

Settling

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Ryo Bakura 5 months ago

Bad rep?

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#31

Cheating?

Cheating?

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queens, bitch 5 months ago

that is not a fucking excuse

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#32

What’s The Secret Word...?

What’s The Secret Word...?

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Johnny 5 months ago

I don't understand this one.

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