The subjects in what I will refer to as the "gross sex study" were given a cup with an insect in it to drink, and were made to wipe their hands on used tissues. (They later found out that the insects were plastic and the tissues weren't really dirty. Sneaky researchers!) The participants who were sexually aroused during this behavior were far less disgusted than those who weren't.
What does this mean? When we're attracted to someone, we could give two s**ts about their body hair or breath. Here are a few "gross" things about men that we ladies kindly overlook when we're all hot and bothered.
1. Burping. If he burps mid-kiss by accident, isn't it funny how much easier it is to ignore it than if he did it while you two were at a dinner party with friends? Hell, it's almost cute in that particular scenario.
2. Farting. Although I find this to be disgusting at all times, some of my coupled-up friends don't think it's a big deal. Why? Because they're either in love or straight-up delusional.
3. Body hair. Some women have a severe aversion to men with chest hair, but can look past it if it means they're about to get laid with a hottie. I can't say the same for lack of hair on a guy's head though.
4. Bad breath. Of course we're all prone to bad breath from time to time. Who just woke up? Who had coffee today? But when you really want to get it on, you're not going to stop and brush your teeth first, unless you're maybe an old married couple.
5. Skid marks. Oh, did you just notice skid marks on your dude's boxers as he dropped them to the ground before getting busy with you? Skid marks? Where see skid marks? Just sex. Me see just sex now. Yes, you too can turn into a Neanderthal when the opportunity arises for some sexy fun times.
The BevBuckle is a belt buckle meant to hold your beer bottle or can. Flip down the face plate and a ring will pop up. Now just throw your brewski in there and tadaaaa! you look like a complete doofus. But let’s be honest, that’s a small price to pay considering you can now booze hands free. Plus I’ve always wanted to say “Look ma, no hands!” Sure, my mom will most likely respond with a very disapproving “Really? Drinking before noon?” but she and I’ll both know that she’s just jealous she doesn’t have a BevBuckle. Orrrr a drinking problem. $30
Have you ever dreamt that you were driving to work and lost control of your car? According to an article from "Forbes" magazine, it's one of the most common work-related dreams people have. --And supposedly, it means you either don't feel like you're in control of your career, or you don't feel like you're in control of a specific project you're working on. Here are eight more bad dreams people have about work, and what they might mean.
#1.) Showing Up to Work Naked. In this one, the person dreaming is usually freaked out about it, but no one else in the dream seems to notice.
--According to the author of a book called "The Top 100 Dreams", it means you're feeling vulnerable around your co-workers, or you're overly worried about what they think of you.
#2.) Showing Up Late or Missing a Deadline. According to one expert, it means you're not very happy in your job, and you feel like you're missing out on something better.
#3.) Sleeping with a Coworker. This isn't necessarily a BAD dream, but it usually involves someone you're not actually ATTRACTED to. So you wake up confused about what it means.
--Supposedly, it can mean they have a certain skill you secretly wish you had. Or, it can just mean you subconsciously know you have to "unite" with them on an upcoming project.
--If it's your BOSS, then it could represent, quote, "a subconscious recognition that you have a big idea, and you're trying to give yourself the power to act on it." (--Or maybe you're just a horny pervert?)
#4.) Being Chased at the Office. In this one, you usually can't see the face of the person who's chasing you. And it can mean there's something you're hoping for in your career . . . like a promotion . . . but you think it might be in jeopardy.
#5.) Dreaming That You're Not Prepared for Something. If it's a RECURRING dream, it might mean you're lacking confidence in general. But if it's a one-time thing, it probably just means you're nervous about an assignment.
#6.) Getting Stuck in the Elevator. This one usually involves the elevator stalling, moving sideways, or dropping. According to one expert, it means you're afraid that your career isn't advancing the way you want it to.
#7.) You Can't Find the Bathroom. Any dream that involves a bathroom supposedly represents your "fundamental needs" in life. So if it's the bathroom at your office, it means your needs aren't being met at work.
#8.) Your Equipment Isn't Working. Meaning something like your computer or your work phone. This one's pretty simple: It just means you feel like something in your LIFE isn't working.
--And if it's specifically your PHONE, it could represent a lack of communication with someone.
Doug and Kerri’s wedding is coming up in a few weeks and everyone is super excited! Doug hung out with his buddy the other night and his buddy bought a ring for his girlfriend and he’s planning to propose! He asked Doug if he could propose atDoug’s wedding, since all their friends will be there! Doug said “Absolutely!” Well he came home and told Kerri and she flipped out! Court is in session!
Phonechick Tiffany walked into her Kickboxing class last night only to see her ex! She already left a previous gym because he worked there and now he shows up at another place! What have you stopped doing cuz your ex was involved?
Kate and her boyfriend live together and her boyfriend is in law school and is always studying. She came home one night and had some exciting news and she couldn't even tell him cuz he yelled at her and said "She was distracting him." He apologized afterwards but she's still really upset. Now she's thinking of looking for a roommate and asking him to move out!
Imagine having your own personal bartender ever-present in your home just waiting to be given the instruction to produce a cocktail of your choosing. While employing a dedicated bartender to be on hand 24/7 is the exclusive domain of the rich, a robot bartender doesn't have to be. Especially for those with a little passion and dedication – oh, and the technical know-how to build one out from the humble beginnings of an Arduino board. This is exactly what a group of amateur engineers have done with the Inebriator.
The Inebriator is designed very simply, with bottles lined up upside-down and optics providing set measures. The user places their glass on a pedestal and selects their drink of choice on the display at the front of the unit. The pedestal then moves along collecting the right spirits as it goes thanks to motors pushing the glass upwards at the appropriate moments. Finally it adds the mixers, connected as and when needed by nitrogen-pressurized tubes to deliver the final touches to the cocktails from a cooler located out of sight.
This project was existing in a vacuum with barely any coverage until a thread discussing it was started on Reddit. Since then people have weighed in with their thoughts on what would and wouldn't be possible, and what should and shouldn't be added, to make the Inebriator an even better prospect than it is already. An obvious suggestion that kept cropping up is an ice hopper and stirring mechanism, which will be explored as the guys behind the device develop a better version of their robot bartender.
This isn't the first robot bartender we've seen here on Gizmag, but whileBarkeeper was an attempt to actually create a robotic version of a bartender complete with conversational skills and a catalog of corny jokes, the Inebriator removes all traces of human interaction and instead acts as a dumb waiter for drinks, forging cocktails to order.
The Inebriator is, at present, just a homemade project, but don't be surprised if this, or something very similar to this, is mixing drinks at your local bar at some point in the future.
Leila's writes into us about her friend Nicole and Nicole's Boyfriend Danny. Apparently Nicole and Danny fight all the time in front of everyone. It makes everyone else feel really awkward. No one has ever said anything they didn't know how to. They've had enough! They are thinking of recording on of their fights and putting it on YouTube! What do you think?
Do you have really pretty friends that get all the attention from guys when you go out? Don't you wish that you could have friends that were a little less attractive so that you will get more attention?
Julia & Her husband just got married. They gave his mother a key to their place so she could take care of their dog while they were on their honeymoon! The problem is she still uses the key all the time! She comes over unannounced and Julia has had it! Should she get the key back? How can she do it without causing a family feud?
Last week we read you an email about a girl who received some shady text messages accusing her sister's fiance of cheating. She was very torn on what to do! She emailed us back giving us an update! listen in!
Molly Schuyler became a member of a very exclusive Bellevue club on Aug. 30. Even more so, some could argue she's in a group all of her own.
The Bellevue resident became the first woman ever to eat the creation consisting of six hamburger patties, six eggs, six pieces of cheese and six pieces of bacon topped off with fried onions, a mound of jalapenos, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, two buns, mayonnaise and nearly a jar of peanut butter that Stella's Bar and Grill has dubbed “The Stellanator.”
“It's a beast,” Schuyler said.
“Actually, it wasn't that bad,” she then added in victorious laughter.
Schuyler joined the wall of fame as the ninth person to overcome the challenge – putting to shame the more than 200 who couldn't live up to the task before them – with the second fastest time of 15 minutes, being beat out only by a professional eating competitor.
“She didn't even look miserable at all,” said Stella's Owner Stephanie Francois.
Francois said she has been wanting a woman to finish the challenge and was there cheering her on. The restaurant broke its own rule by preparing the challenge early – Schuyler had called ahead and requested a late morning creation of the Stellanator.
Francois said Schuyler seemed confident the whole time.
“(Schuyler) said ‘I'm 115 pounds of wonderful; I'm going to destroy this thing,'” Francois said.
Not only did Schuyler destroy it, but she finished off her two kids' dishes as well.
Schuyler credited her ability to eat to drinking a lot of liquids as a kid, saying her and her friends would have soda and water chugging contests all the time.
“I used to drink a 2-liter bottle of soda in 17 seconds or less,” she claimed.
She said she is proud to be the first woman to complete the task and that it was a very cool time at the restaurant.
“I have a feeling I'll be the only girl for a while, too,” she said. “It's a lot of food, I won't deny that.”
So what's next in the culinary conquest for Schuyler? She said she may go back and top her time at Stella's or pursue an 8-pound food-eating competition in Syracuse, Neb.
“It's really fun, a really good challenge,” she said.
You know how people are always complaining that getting married in New York is too cheap these days? What with the variety of venues open year-round and the plummeting prices of caterers, diamonds, wedding planners and gown designers, it’s like you can’t even go into debt to show you care anymore!
Luckily, there’s a new way for the fellas to make a small dent in their wallets before making a much larger dent in their life savings: hire BluePrint Proposals to plan your proposal for you.
Founded by Midwest natives Kym Pitlor and Erin Mavian, this “boutique event consultancy” will help you create an unforgettable New York experience for your partner, culminating in you asking her to marry you.
“I’m one of those girls who has 27 dresses in her closet as a bridesmaid,” Ms. Pitlor told The Observer over the phone. “Erin and I were just the go-to girls for all our friends’ engagement parties. We just saw the huge industry that wedding planning has become, and how often the men are left out of it. We thought it was time to give credit where credit is due, and let the man really shine.”
And what better way to make a man stand out than for him to turn over the last vestige of free will he has in the prenuptial preparations to the lady experts? On BluePrint’s website, men can fill out a quiz about themselves and their (hopefully) future spouse, including “What are five places in NYC that remind you of your partner?” “How would your partner choose to spend their birthday?” and “Have you given thought to a budget or how much you would like to spend on the proposal?” Then the BluePrint duo tabulate your responses and set you up with a consultation for a proposal planning, which could result in a flash mob, a helicopter ride over the city, a scavenger hunt or just a simple ring and candlelight dinner affair.
It doesn’t have to gouge your pockets, either. For merely $250, Ms. Pitlor said, BluePrint will look at your results and offer you two creative ideas on how to propose, as well as the steps for how to do so. (Open box, get down on knee, etc.) If you want them to actually help out, however, the prices start at around $1,000. But for that money, the agency will take all the worrying off your hands and plan the whole damn thing for you.
“Everything from start to finish: travel arrangements, all the logistics, and, you know, there’s tons of add-ons that we’re happy to do as well. If you want a personal shopper the day before, or you need someone to help you buy the ring, we have those contacts as well.”
For an example of a recent success story, Ms. Pitlor pointed to a gentleman who had wanted to have a sunset dinner at a hotel to pop the question. “We arranged the private photographer, the penthouse at the hotel, and then a dinner where six of her best friends were waiting. So it was a little engagement party afterward.”
Which actually sounds quite lovely … but what if she had said no? Blueprint’s site claims it can “design a proposal guaranteed to make her say Yes.” Was that actually possible?
“There’s always that fear in the back of our head,” Ms. Pitlor laughed. “As much as we say that we can guarantee a ‘Yes’ on our website, we don’t actually have … we’re not actually mind readers.”
Though they might be able to recommend you someone who is.
My life is a mess right now! I was engaged but called everything off about a month ago, and have no intentions of getting back together with him. I was very close with his family so it was really hard on them too. They treated me as if I was already family. His sister even put me in her bridal party, and she is getting married in a few weeks. She told me even though it might be awkward she still wants me in her wedding, and I’m like a sister to her. I was going to back out, but, I don’t want to hurt her anymore than I did when I broke up with her brother. Plus, I do care about her, so I told her that I’d still be in it. I’m worried though that my ex will use this wedding as a chance to get us back together…you know, the whole mood at a wedding. I do still care about his sister, but not him anymore, you know what I mean? He hasn’t stopped trying to get me back. He says he’ll do anything! It’s getting kind of annoying. How do I get him to stop trying?
Should I bring a date with me? Do you he’lI get the hint?
(CNN) -- Chances are you're reading this while leaning over a table or slumped back in a chair. Your head is tilted forward; your shoulders are curved.
If you're on a mobile device, your arms are bent by your side and your back hunch is even more profound.
Am I right?
The position you're in is probably causing you pain, whether you're aware of it yet or not. Don't worry, physical therapists have a diagnosis for the headaches, neck cricks and achy shoulders. They call it "Text Neck."
"Text Neck is not just a texting problem," says Dr. Dean Fishman. "Text neck is a gaming problem. Text neck is an e-mailing problem."
Fishman originally coined the term in 2008 while examining a 17-year-old patient. The teen came in complaining of headaches and neck pain. As Fishman was trying to explain to the patient's mother exactly what the problem was, he glanced over and saw her posture.
The teen was sitting in a chair, hunched over her smartphone, texting away.
"I knew I had something," Fishman says.
The average human head weighs 10 pounds in a neutral position -- when your ears are over your shoulders. For every inch you tilt your head forward, the pressure on your spine doubles. So if you're looking at a smartphone in your lap, your neck is holding up what feels like 20 or 30 pounds. Sleeping with your smartphone?
All that extra pressure puts a strain on your spine and can pull it out of alignment. Dr. Tom DiAngelis, president of the American Physical Therapy Association's Private Practice Section, compares it to bending your finger back all the way and holding it there for an hour.
"As you stretch the tissue for a long period of time, it gets sore, it gets inflamed," DiAngelis says. "The real question ... is 'What are the long term effects going to be?' "
Staying in what experts call the "forward head posture" can lead to muscle strain, disc herniations and pinched nerves. Over time, it can even flatten or reverse the natural curve of your neck.
As your mother used to say: Be careful or it might stay like that.
Dr. Michelle Collie, director of Performance Physical Therapy in Rhode Island, says she started seeing patients with head, neck and back pain caused by mobile devices six or seven years ago. Recently she says Text Neck has increased dramatically, especially among her younger patients.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 8- to 18-year-olds spend an average of seven and a half hours using "entertainment media" every day.
But it's not just kids. The average amount of data used on a smartphone tripled from 2010 to 2011, according to Cisco's Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update. And each tablet generates 3.4 times more traffic than the average smartphone.
Not only does forward head posture cause nerve pain, Collie says it can also create metabolic problems.
Try to take a deep breath in a slumped position. Now sit up straight and try again. Experts say slouching can reduce the capacity of your lungs by as much as 30%.
A lack of oxygenated blood flowing through the body can potentially lead to vascular disease. And gastrointestinal problems can be caused by pressure placed on the organs in a bad posture.
So what's an iPad-cradling, smartphone-texting, laptop-loving guy or gal to do?
First, Collie says, is to be aware of your body. Keep your feet flat on the floor, roll your shoulders back and keep your ears directly over them so your head isn't tilted forward. Use a docking station and wrist guards to support the weight of a mobile device. Buy a headset.
Fishman's Text Neck Institute created a mobile app to help you remember to avoid forward head posture.
When your Android phone (the app is not yet available on iTunes) is held at a safe viewing angle, a green light shines in the top left corner. When you're at risk for Text Neck, a red light appears. Optional vibrations or beeps can be added as a warning.
Most important, the physical therapists agree, is taking frequent breaks while using any mobile device or desktop computer. About every 20 minutes, stand up, roll your shoulders and neck or go for a short walk to improve blood flow.
Artist Monica Bonvicini created this usable public toilet made of 1-way mirrors. It allows a user to do the doo while watching the world pass them by. The art installation, which you can find in London, is called Don’t Miss A Sec. That’s cool, I guess, but you should see my art installation called Please Take a Sec and Go To The Damn Bathroom In A Private Place With Zero-Way Mirrors. The last thing I need when I’m in public is to know there’s some pervo taking a crapola just inside that big mirrored box over there. The second to last thing I need when I’m in public is to be able to hear the tooty sounds of a stranger coming from that big mirrored box over there. Call me sensitive, but NUH UH.
We're seriously impressed by how Taylor Swift has quickly won the hearts of the Kennedy clan since she began dating Conor Kennedy. His cousin Patrick went as far as to say, "If she wants to be in the family, she's already a part of it." Pull the same thing off when you meet your man's parents for the first time with these brilliant tips.
1. Bring a housewarming gift.
It's etiquette 101, so even if your guy says his folks don't expect you to, don't show up empty-handed. If you're just going over for dinner, bring flowers, dessert, or bottle of wine. For longer stays, consider chocolates or a book about something that interests them.
2. Follow the dress code.
If his family tends to be formal, ditch the skinny-jeans-plus-graphic-tee combo and rock a knee-skimming dress or skirt with a non-cleavage-baring top, says relationship expert Karen Sherman, PhD. And if you're not sure what their style is, play it safe by going conservative.
3. Flatter his mom's good taste.
You're on her turf, so compliment her on the welcoming environment she's created: Gush over her latest watercolor, the decorating scheme, the meal she's prepared. It lets her know that you notice and appreciate all the work she's done, says Sherman.
4. Bond with his siblings.
Ask his little sister about her ballet classes, or his older brother about his favorite sports team. "Everyone wants to feel cared about," says Dr. Sherman. And it doesn't hurt to get the thumbs-up from his next of kin.
5. Talk up how great their son is.
His 'rents want to see that you adore their boy as much as they do. Praise the awesome way he treats you and lay it on thick about how smart and thoughtful he is. They'll beam knowing that you too are a member of his fan club.
6. Cut back the PDA.
They'll be thrilled to see that you really like him, but they don't want to glimpse you two sucking face or groping each other on the sofa! An arm around his shoulder or a peck on the cheek is okay, but any more than that might offend them, so back off until you're out of their house.
7. Offer to help out.
Pitch in washing dishes and tidying up. It shows that you respect the effort they've gone to playing host, and even better, that you're a willing participant in the family dynamic, says Sherman. When you take on a task like clearing the table, you show that you want to join the family, not lure him out of it.
8. Go with the family flow.
Does everyone sleep till noon? Do they schedule every minute of every day? Eat dinner at 4:30 p.m.? Figure it out and don't try to change their routine. Again, show his family that you want to blend in-not take over.
9. Engage them in conversation.
Stay away from landmine topics, but don't be afraid to share who you are-info about your job, school, or hobbies-and of course ask them about themselves. If you're at a loss for words, inquire about family memories. Say something like, "John speaks so highly of your family vacations. Can you tell me more about that trip to the Grand Canyon?" Says Sherman: "It shows that you honor their family, and you want to hear about them."
10. Say thanks via snail mail.
Nothing slays a parental unit like receiving an old-fashioned handwritten thank-you note. Tell them they were amazing hosts, and you look forward to spending more time with them in the future. You'll be getting an invite to the next family get-together in no time.
I got a crazy text the other day from an unknown number. Let me tell ya This person DID NOT want me to know who they are and I don’t think they intend on revealing themselves either. But if I was saying the things they were saying I wouldn’t reveal myself either. Basically, my sister is getting married and this text said her fiancé cheated. I have no idea who this person is, so I just ignored it. But the texts went on all night. This girl, or whoever it is, is saying my sister's fiancé cheated on her at his bachelor party! I totally didn’t believe it cuz I know my sister told him no strippers! This text stuck with me and I can’t stop thinking about it. If he had strippers at his bachelor party my sister would be sooo mad! But then again if he had a stripper AND he cheated she would be devastated!
Do you guys think this is someone just trying to stir up trouble, like an ex of his?
There's no end in sight to the Fifty Shades of Grey branding madness. From makeup to lingerie to music, you can pretty much get just about anything you want in a Christian and Ana-inspired style. Now, that also includes your workout. Well, that is if you are a member of the fancypants Equinox gym in NYC, where top fitness instructor Kristen James teaches a Fifty Shades-inspired workout class called "Fifty SHAPES of Grey."
James (no relation to E.L.) designed the workout with exercises like the "bend-over-better," "sexy scissors," and "seductive squat" to help women actually work on flexibility, stability, and toning that will translate into hotter moves in the bedroom. Specifically, the same exact moves that Christian and Ana explored in the book.
A couple of weeks ago, I went to Miami last week to a conference with some co-workers that don't work in my department. (They aIso hang out outside of work, like at Happy Hours, but I don’t cuz I’m usually going right to my other job.) We had a good time and I liked hanging out with them. But when we were out at dinner one night, they started making fun of another one of our co-workers named Sarah. The things they were saying were pretty mean. I kinda just laughed n went along with the conversation but the truth is, Sarah is one of my closest friends at work, and I was kinda upset about some of the things they were saying. I didn’t wanna stand up and tell them to knock it off cuz that would be awkward. I really liked hanging out with them, but I also really like Sarah too.
Do I tell Sarah that our co-workers were making fun of her?
Lori's Fiance Jimmy wants her to be best friend's with his sister but Lori can't stand her! She's always acting like she's better then everyone else and Lori is not like that. Jimmy just wants Lori to get to know her a little better but Lori isn't interested! Who's right and who's wrong?
What To Do When You Can't Stand a Co-Worker . . . And Four Ways to Get Out of a Work Rut
Chances are you work with at least one person you don't like very much, and you've probably accepted the fact that there's not much you can do about it. But according to an article in the "Harvard Business Review", there is.
--Instead of just putting up with them, they suggest thinking about the REASONS you don't like them. For example: They're lazy, they're selfish, or they suck up to the boss all the time. Once you do that, try to figure out WHY you hate those traits.
--A lot of the time, it's because YOU have some of those traits too, and THAT'S why you don't like them.
--If that's the case, and you can come to a REALIZATION about it, then tolerating the person becomes a lot easier. Plus, you learn a little bit about YOURSELF too. (--This sounds more like therapy than work, doesn't it?)
--Anyway, if that sounds dumb to you . . . or you hate being at work for OTHER reasons . . . we've also got some tips from "Forbes" magazine on how to pull yourself out of a work rut. Here are the top four.
#1.) Don't Get There at the Same Time Every Day. You probably can't show up LATE, but try getting there early one or two days a week.
--If you always get to work at the exact same time, your days start bleeding together. But if you get there a little early every now and then, you have time to settle in and talk to people, which can also help you network.
#2.) Change Your Shoes When You Get to Work, and When You Leave. Some WOMEN do this, mainly because they don't want to be in heels any longer than they have to. But guys should try it too.
--Wear sneakers on the way to work. Then put dress shoes on when you get there, and change back when you leave.
--According to Forbes, it makes some people wake up and feel more alert. And putting comfortable shoes on at the end of the day automatically helps you relax.
#3.) Change Your Chair. It doesn't have to be permanent. Just try it for half a day to change things up.
--Some people even like sitting on those big, rubber exercise balls for an hour or two a day, which you can also use to work out your abs if you're feeling extra motivated.
#4.) Change the Lighting. If you don't have a desk lamp, bring one in. Or if you do have one, try a bulb with a different wattage. Even a slight change like that can make a difference when you're not happy at work.
What’s not to love about such a delightful piece of technology? It’s equipped with a microphone that recognizes the key word, decides your location and then launches a piece your way.
According to a sales representative for the company, the Popinator is just a prototype right now and it’s still in the planning stages, so you’ll have to sit tight for a bit longer. No word on pricing yet either.
We're still in the middle of the tattoo boom. But eventually it's going to end, and you'll wish your right calf didn't have a picture of Tweety Bird and a random Chinese symbol you were TOLD means "happiness."
--According to a new study in the American Medical Association's "Archives of Dermatology", here are the four ways to make your tattoos EASIER TO REMOVE:
#1.) Stop smoking. If you're a smoker, there's a 70% lower chance your tattoo will be successfully removed after 10 sessions. The main reason is that smoking hurts your body's ability to heal from wounds.
#2.) Make sure it's small. Tattoos larger than 12 inches were much harder to remove than smaller tattoos.
#3.) Avoid blue and yellow ink. Black ink was the easiest to remove, with red and green right behind. Yellow was extremely difficult to remove, and blue was the toughest.
#4.) Avoid your feet and legs. Tattoos on the lower part of the body were more difficult to remove than tattoos higher up.
--Overall, the study found 47% of people had tattoos that were successfully removed after 10 laser removal treatments. 75% were removed after 15 treatments.
My girlfriend is still friends with an ex that she dated for three years. They hang out sometimes but I’m okay with it cuz I trust her, and I’m not a jealous guy, whatever! All my buddies think I’m crazy and told me I should at least check him out to see what kind of guy he is, I said ok since I don’t know much about him at all. It was a mutual break-up. So one night last week we met him for beers and it was pretty clear that he's still REALLY into her. He kept trying to make me look bad in front of her, and he also kept trying to get her alone. All guys do this when they’re trying to win over a girl, it’s what we do! He’s trying to get her back, I was mad! He’s messing with the wrong dude! We have mutual friends and I did some digging and found out that he actually cheated on my girlfriend while they were dating, with her sister! I’m gunna make sure my girlfriend finds out! You think that would ruin their friendship? I’ll never see him again right?
Alan O'Neill had apparently asked his neighbor to process his divorce, but the neighbor never followed through. When O'Neill wed his second wife — a marriage that has since been annulled — he was still technically married to his first wife. And no one would have been the wiser, if not for those damning Facebook photos.
According to O'Neill's lawyer Philip Thornton, the accidental bigamist is "extremely embarrassed and remorseful." O'Neill swears this was all a big mistake.
"I've never done anything intentionally wrong in my life."
Even his first wife is being understanding: she wrote a letter to the court saying she believed her soon-to-be-ex husband had suffered enough from the public humiliation of his double marriage.
O'Neill has been charged with a gross misdemeanor and will be on probation for one year. He appeared in court with his second wife, who will probably think twice about making her Facebook albums public
If you're as fond of chicken nuggets as Honey Boo Boo is, then you probably want every meal to be reminiscent of these deep-fried morsels. And with all the types of foods you can find coming out of the fryer at state fairs, this is not such a difficult feat. But never before have we seen something that so closely resembled chicken nuggets as this deep-fried cupcake recipe brought to us by the food blog Cupcake Project.
The resemblance of these cupcakes to chicken nuggets is uncanny. To make them, you take an already baked cupcake, cut it into the iconic odd nugget shape, batter them and deep fry. You can even make a faux barbecue sauce to accompany them (the Cupcake Project made one out of fruit preserves).
Lynn's boyfriend uses her laptop when he's at her place. Sometimes, he leaves his email open. She usually just closes it without looking, but the other day, she noticed an email from a dating site telling him that his free trial was almost up. Lynn freaked out! What should she do?
Will he make a good father? Can you count on him? Is he good in bed? To answer these questions and more, find out what you may be able to tell about a man just by looking at him.
1. The Size of His "Boat"
Forget his feet. Look to his fingers to learn about what he's packing. In a recent study from Gachon University Gil Hospital in South Korea, researchers found that the greater the difference in size between a man's index and ring finger, the longer his penis was when fully erect. Before you get out a measuring tape, know that men with a similar finger-length ratio are also more likely to suffer from hormone-related diseases like prostate cancer. Still, the trade off may be worth it.
2. His Drinking Habits
Men with dark eyes are less likely to form a dependence on alcohol than men with light eyes, suggest the results of a study from Georgia State University. A possible explanation for the phenomenon is that dark eyes indicate higher levels of melanin, a pigment that may speed up impulses in the body. Translation: If a man with dark eyes has three drinks, he may be more blotto than someone with blue eyes, who has less melanin in his body chemistry. Because brown-eyed guys get drunk more easily, they tend to drink less. So they're also less likely to develop an addiction.
3. If He's Trustworthy
According to a study by the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, men with wide faces are perceived as being less trustworthy than men with narrower faces. In a related study, men with broader faces were found to be at least three times as likely to lie or cheat in negotiations as men with narrow faces. The reason? It could be that broad-faced men are, on average, physically bigger, and have more testosterone. They can get away with being aggressive and uncooperative because they're the alpha dogs.
4. His Skills in Bed
Size does matter—just not in the way you think. According to researchers at Erciyes University in Turkey, men with excess body fat last longer in bed. The reason? Guys who are a little "soft" have more of the female sex hormone estradiol in their bodies, which disrupts the transmission of male chemicals, and slows down their orgasms. Because they last longer, they can take their time stimulating their female partner, who on average takes up to 14 minutes to come to her own climax. In other words, ditch the six-packs and start looking for men with a little more girth.
5. His Politics
Want to know pretty quickly what a man's political leanings are? Keep an eye on his gaze. Research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln suggests that a conservative guy may be less likely to follow your eye movements than a liberal one's. During the study, liberals, who are perceived as being more concerned with the greater good than with themselves, matched the eye movements of a face on a computer screen, while conservatives, whose catch phrase slogan in the upcoming election is "individualism," were almost completely immune to them.
6. If He's Successful
Not only are clean-shaven men considered more handsome than men with beards, the authors of a study in the journal Behavioral Ecology say they're also more likely to be successful. One cursory glance at the Forbes list of the 100 richest people in the world reveals that out of the 86 men on the list, only eight of them sport facial hair. Why is this? Because we tend to trust people more when they are clean-shaven, say body language experts. Then why do 33 percent of American men still have facial hair? Because beards symbolize other traits: maturity, masculinity, a loft in Brooklyn.
7. His Daddy Potential
According to biological anthropologist Helen Fisher, Ph.D., men with a lot of testosterone have very strong jaws and heavy brow ridges. They also tend to be analytical, less intuitive, less verbally skilled, and more aloof when parenting. If you want a man who is more hands-on as a father, then you should look for one with rounder, softer features, whom Fisher says will be "more empathetic, more verbal, more social, more intuitive, and more imaginative."
Much ink has been spilled on the Date Report over who should pay for what on a date and in a relationship, and when, and how to know if it’s your turn, etc.
BUT, I’d like to take a moment to zero in on the whole “preferences” thing, as in: yeah, maybe it’s his turn to pay, but is he secretly seething at having to spend his paycheck on ____?
Things guys like to pay for!
1. Ball game tickets
2. Lingerie & toys
3. A random Groupon for a really nice hotel, one night only
4. The first thing on the first date, no matter what it is
5. Something that you’ll enjoy for yourself, e.g. a massage, day spa, etc.
Things guys…not so much.
1. Your cab ride home
2. Expensive tickets to the show you insisted on seeing together
3. The plate of food you’re only going to take two bites off of
4. That Kristen Stewart movie
5. A round of drinks, if you already know you’re about to dump him
The Standard Hotel gives a whole new meaning to the term “poop deck.”
Restroom users at the Boom Boom Room club on the 18th floor are completely visible from the street below as they do their business, thanks to 10-foot, floor-to-ceiling windows.
The toilet-sitters get wondrous skyline views. But the windows work both ways — much to the chagrin of relief-seekers after they’re told what could be seen from the street.
“The view outside is exciting, but the view inside is frightening,” said David Langdon, 55, from Melbourne, Australia. “I saw people waving at me! Sitting on the royal throne, you don’t expect a public viewing!”
You especially don’t expect a public viewing considering there are no warning signs alerting customers that they’re starring in their own reality PV show.
Tourists congregating on Washington and W. 14th Sts. got plenty of jaw-dropping views of patrons visiting the club, rooftop lounge and discotheque Le Bain on the same floor.
Lawrence Schwartzwald/Splash News Gawkers on the street below marvel at restrooms open to ALL the public.
Belinda Langdon, who was visiting the club with her father, mistakenly thought the windows were reflective on the outside. But she realized the truth once she left the hotspot known for its steamy pool parties and celebrity sightings.
“It’s pretty creepy,” said the 24-year-old East Village resident. “The people taking pictures are pervy. You just hope nobody recognizes you on the street.”
This isn’t the first time The Standard’s guests have turned heads with semi-clothed shenanigans. Back in 2009, folks going for a stroll on the High Line, the elevated park that runs beneath the hotel, were regularly treated to free peep shows courtesy of unabashed, amorous couples staying in the building owned by playboy Andre Balazs.
But those rooms, at least, have curtains that allow lovemaking couples to choose how much they wish to reveal. The bathrooms at the Boom Boom Room offer no such discretion.
Still, some Standard customers had no qualms with airing their privates in public — one gentleman waved at the crowd while relieving himself.
Lawrence Schwartzwald/Splash News It's quite a view from the 18th floor of the Standard Hotel above the city's High Line. It's also quite a view for those below.
Likewise, Florentina Ballesteros’ exhibitionist streak did not take a break when she did her business.
“Who cares? So people know you have to pee?” said the 26-year-old restaurant manager from Mexico City who staying at the hotel. “The view was wonderful both ways!”
A manager with guest services at The Standard, High Line would not comment on the bathrooms with a view.
French dating site Adopte Un Mec (Adopt a Guy) has recently opened a pop-up boutique in the heart of the Paris fashion district, where women can actually-window-shop for a date. Real men are displayed in glass containers that look like Ken doll boxes and have names like ”Mr. Muscle” and “The Rocker.”
Can you imagine going shopping for fashionable clothes and instead coming home with a hot date? It can happen if you happen to pass by the Adopt-a-Guy shop on Rue de La Bonheur (Street of Happiness), in Paris. This unique pop-up boutique has eligible bachelors displayed in the windows for women “clients” to admire. They are actually there only for promotional purposes, and are not really available for purchase, but the website that came up with this quirky idea really was built on the idea of putting women in the driver’s seat. Both men and women can register, but only the ladies are allowed to send messages. It was created this way so female users could avoid the “the constant bombardment of unwanted advances from men” and “hold the power of communication so they can focus on the men they desire.” Guys can only post their photos online and wait to be contacted. The site actually wants women to feel like they’re shopping for men, and the home page actually says ““There are 0 men in your cart.” Business is booming and Adopte Un Mec has over 300 million page views per month.
There are so many things you learn in school growing up. Some things don't make sense at all at the time you learn them and probably never will again! What did you learn in school that you never used again?
Three Ways to Flirt at the Gym, and Three Ways to Mess It Up
When you're single, the gym can be a better place to meet people than a bar, because it's filled with HOT PEOPLE. Plus, you know you have at least one thing in common with all of them.
--But it's still not easy to start a conversation, which is why we've got some tips to help you out. Here are three things that can HELP you flirt at the gym, and three things that can ruin your chances. First, here's the stuff you SHOULD do.
#1.) Wear Dark Clothing. White clothes stain yellow and look gross once you start sweating. So go for darker colors, like black or navy blue. And obviously wear deodorant or antiperspirant as well.
#2.) Talk to an Employee. If you don't know how to approach someone, ask about them first. The receptionist or one of the trainers might know their name, and also if they're single. They might even know something about them to help break the ice.
#3.) Give Them a Compliment, but Don't Use It as a Chance to Brag. Guys tend to do this. They say something like, "You're amazing. Your workout is almost as hard as MINE." Which is OKAY, but not great.
--Instead, say something like, "Your workout is crazy. There's no WAY I could do that." Even if you don't really think it's true, it gets your foot in the door.
--Now here are three ways to RUIN your chances of meeting someone at the gym.
#1.) Stare at Yourself in the Mirror. If you're watching your form, that's understandable. Just don't be one of those people who stands there flexing. NO ONE likes those people.
#2.) Point Out Something They're Doing Wrong. It might seem like an easy way to start up a conversation, but it's not a great way to approach someone. You'll just look arrogant, and they won't want to talk to you.
--If it's not your FIRST conversation, then it's okay. But wait until they're done with their reps so they'll have a few minutes to talk.
#3.) Be Gross. That includes things like too much grunting, and not wiping your sweat off of the machines. A lot of people notice that stuff, and it's not attractive.
I have no problem saying I love my boyfriend and I know he is “the one.” We’ve been together for almost three years and we’re so good together. He always tells me how he can’t wait to marry me, buy a house and have a bunch of kids so I def wanna move things along. One night we were hanging out and I just turned n him n said, “So when are you gunna get me a ring?” I def caught him by surprise, but I was still looking for an answer. He says to me, “I’m not sure babe, I’m more of a try it before I buy it kinda guy.” I said, “It’s fine, I’ll make sure when I try some rings on I’ll get the exact size.” He then says, “I wasn’t talking about the ring I was talking about you”…OMG WHAT the heck does that mean? I had no idea what he was talking about and I asked him to explain and he said, “That’s just how I feel ya know?” No! I do not know! That’s why I asked you to explain! Now I’m totally lost! Is he saying he’s having second thoughts on marrying me? Does this mean he really isn’t ready to propose? Am I just pushing him?
Should I wait for him to figure it out or is he never gunna come around?
Twitter has hosted proposals and divorce announcements, so it was only a matter of time before the site serviced an actual wedding ceremony.
On Monday, a Turkish couple made it official by tweeting "I do," in what's believed to be the world's first Twitter-hosted wedding. Actually they wrote "Evet"—the Turkish word for "Yes"—on their iPads, and added a few extra T's as is customary when expressing joy through digital mediums.
The groom, Cengizhan Celik, is a social media editor for the news website Ensonhaber.com, so it almost makes sense that Twitter would serve as his best man. The bride, Candan Canik, doesn't seem to share the same enthusiasm for the service, considering her vow was her first tweet. But love is all about making sacrifices, right?
In a video of the ceremony, posted on YouTube (which, alas, is no longer available), an officiant prompts the couple to confirm their vows and they both gaze into the faces of their respective iPads. By that point, Celik was already deep into live-tweeting the ceremony. Earlier, he'd kicked it off by posting the update: "Let the fun begin." It was an open invitation for the world to virtually crash the party. And crash they did. The wedding received international coverage and Celik retweeted copious congratulations with abandon.
After they made it official and signed a marriage license with pen and paper (wah-wah), the groom tweeted a photo with his new bride, exhibiting the precise amount of web-friendly sarcasm as he held a finger-gun to his head and made a 'what have I done?' expression.
That photo joined the carousel of images on Celik's personal Twitter gallery, also home to photos of Jeff Daniels and Webster.
It's not the first wedding ceremony to rely on technological innovations. Skype and laptops have been integrated into ceremonies when one-half of a couple is separated by an ocean. Servicemen stationed oversees have been patched in virtually to make their marriages official when they're far from home. One couple live-streamed their vows for guests who couldn't catch a flight to their Dubai wedding in the aftermath of Iceland's volcanic eruption.
More recently, a groom-to-be tracked his proposal process on Twitter, and celebrities like Kelsey Grammer and Ashton Kutcher have used the social networking site to release public statements about their divorces.
Celik's decision to live-tweet his romantic milestone was simple. He told a Turkish newspaper he wanted "a little surprise." The bar was already set pretty high with singing brides and zombie wedding photos. But, Celik may have bumped it up a notch. If nothing else, he captured a moment most newlyweds say flies by in an instant. Too bad so much of it was spent looking at an iPad.
You cleaned out your fridge. You shelled out for new workout clothes. You took the pizza delivery guy off speed dial and (finally) remembered where your pots and pans were hiding. So where the heck are the weight loss results?
The problem is, many of our most dearly held healthy eating rules are far too open to interpretation. Done wrong, that low-carb diet could backfire--or, worse, set you up for a heart attack. And your new, slimmed-down veggie-based meal plan? It might mean you're eating more calories than you were before.
To bust the diet myths that are putting results out of your reach, here, our expert-backed tips.
1. You went gluten-free "just because"
If you go gluten-free and you don't have celiac disease or gluten intolerance, you may be missing out on the host of vital nutrients found in whole grains, such as folate and fiber. "Why skimp on healthy foods if you don't have to?" says Samantha Heller, RD. "Gluten-free does not necessarily mean low-calorie, either." So trade your lunchtime sandwich on wheat for a protein-packed salad a few times a week, but don't cut gluten products altogether unless you have a medical need.
2. You swore off sweets
You're eating a heaping plate of rice and veggies. Your friend's chowing down on chocolate cake...and yet you're the one struggling to lose weight? "I tell my patients: You can lose weight eating candy and soda, and gain weight eating brown rice and broccoli," says Heller. Obviously, we aren't recommending a candy-bar diet. New research, while hotly debated, indicates that not all calories are created equal.
"Studies suggest that what we eat matters," Heller says. Bottom line, don't give up the rice and veggies, but make sure you eat a varied diet. Swearing off certain foods only leads you to binge when you do indulge, according to research.
3. You cut out carbs to speed up weight loss
You might have jumped on the Paleo or Atkins bandwagon after hearing celebs swear by it--but beware the long-term effects. "Low-carb is not maintainable," says Lisa Cashman, RD. "Research suggests it can lead to more weight loss in the first six months, but at one-year mark the results are the same as a more balanced approach." So by all means cut out simple, refined carbs, like store-bought bread, crackers, and even white rice, opting instead for healthy grains that fill you up and digest more slowly, such as quinoa and brown rice in moderation.
4. You seriously upped your fiber intake
If you think the solution to feeling lighter is lots of fiber, you're not (exactly) right. "Fiber alone will backfire," Heller says. "You need to increase fluids when you increase fiber." If you don't, expect to feel even more backed up than you originally were. This may not translate to fat gain, but if you're trying to slim down, there's nothing like a bloated belly and backed-up digestion to make you feel less than svelte. "Up fiber slowly," says Heller. "If you don't, you'll irritate the GI tract. If you go slow, your GI tract will smile."
5. You eat micro-portions all day long
You may think less food is more waistline-friendly, but those little bites here and there can seriously add up. Case in point: "Protein and energy bars," says Heller. "They might be fine for an occasional snack, but some of them pack 300 and 400 calories." Problem is, we think of them as an on-the-go snack, when they actually pack enough fat and calories to be considered an entire meal--minus the feeling-full satisfaction of actually having one.
6. You nosh before and after workouts
Unless you're training for a marathon, you don't need food before and after you hit the gym. "Women will work out and then have a 600-calorie smoothie offered at the gym," Heller says. This is a big no-no. Instead, have some lean protein, a few almonds, or a conservative portion of whole grains after a workout--but only if you're truly hungry. "Only eat if you feel like you need it, and make sure to count the calories in your overall total for the day."
7. You still eat low-fat foods
"People still fall for the 'SnackWell Syndrome,'" Heller says, referring to the '90s low-fat snack craze. "They think if it's low-fat then it's low-calorie, which isn't true." The solution? Read the entire label, including the calorie count and other nutritional measurements. And if you want to indulge, do so in moderation. "Women especially don't eat a lot of beans, nuts and nut butters because they think they'll gain weight," Heller says. Put a tablespoon of almond butter or peanut butter on your celery or whole-grain toast. The satisfying sweet kick--plus protein, magnesium, vitamins B and E and fiber--are well worth the calories.
8. You always go for the salad
We hate to break it to you, but just because it's a salad doesn't mean it's healthy. Portions still matter, as do the toppings you add--and most people add a lot. "I see people piling their salads with high-calorie extras like cheese, salad dressing, potato, tuna, croutons, and bacon bits," Heller says. "One ounce of shredded cheddar cheese, plus a half-ounce of sunflower seeds, plus one ounce of tuna, plus two tablespoons of ranch salad dressing is 431 calories." Limit your toppings and pick lean, protein-packed ones, like chickpeas or salmon. As always, oil and vinegar make a nice, simple dressing that doesn't pack on unnecessary fat.
Vanessa thinks her boss is trying to sabotage her relationship. She is an executive assistant and there have been several occasions when she thinks her boss has overheard her making plans with her boyfriend and afterwards, he asks her to work late. Her boyfriend is pissed and wants her to say something to her boss. He says the boss has a crush on her. What should she do?
The very phrase sends shivers of the Sads down my back because I've been on the receiving end of enough toxic friendships to last a lifetime. These friendships never start out as bad for us, but over time, it becomes apparent that that's exactly what they are. Luckily, I've learned a little about the whole phenomenon along the way.
Here are some warning signs that one of your friendships has turned toxic. And not in the Britney Spears song kind of way.
1) She gives compliments that are actually - when you stop and think about it - insults.
2) She makes jokes around other people - often ones that are humiliating and embarrassing at your expense. If you dare look sad or angry, she laughs and says things like, "Well, it's true!" or "I was only joking."
3) Whenever things don't go her way, or if you've dared to say "no" to her, she'll stop talking to you until you acquiesce to her demands or desires.
4) You realize that you've begun to dread hearing from her via email, phone, or text, and will go to great lengths to avoid her, even if you can't pinpoint why.
5) You know she's talking trash about you - but if you confront her, she'll deny it or shift the blame onto you. "Well, if you weren't so..."
6) She's got a lot of time to moan about her problems, but should you dare bring up your own, it'll be met with a brush-off like, "At least... (insert statement like, "you're not on fire.")
7) You realize how many eggshells you have to tiptoe around simply to make sure she's not "angry" with you or your behavior.
8) She manipulates you. If you aren't able to make it out for a party because your kid is home sick or something, she'll reward you with a whopping guilt trip or refuse to speak to you at all.
9) She never follows through. She's promised to help you move, be your "shoulder to cry on," and be the one who will be your surrogate boyfriend while you're single, and when you actually need her, you don't bother trying to get a hold of her - she won't be there and you know it.
10) She's not afraid to hit on any guy you dig. Doesn't matter how many times you've told her you like the dude, she's all over him whenever you're around.
11) Her emotional maintenance makes the amount of time you put into your resume look like child's play. You have to cater to her emotions and plan for her reactions like it's your job. (Hint: it's totally not your job).
12) You realize that every time you talk about her, you have to defend her to the rest of your friends (and partner). Her bitch face may actually be her real face.
13) She's so self-absorbed that she thinks you should drop everything you're doing the moment she "needs" you for such crises as "I gained 2 pounds," or "So-and-so unfriended me on Facebook."
14) She's so competitive you've learned not to bother talking about your accomplishments. If you got a cell phone, she's got the latest smart phone. If you have a boyfriend, hers bought her an engagement ring.
15) She talks crap about everyone she's ever met, and can do so for hours. Doesn't matter one way or another whether it's true. Just don't be shocked when you find out she's doing it to you, too.
Apartment living has its perks, but almost everyone who's ever experienced it has a story of a noisy neighbor they'd like to forget. When it comes to boisterous neighbors, most people pick their battles and decide whether to tune out the noise, confront the neighbor or go into counterattack. One man in London came up with a creative way to get his revenge.
Oli Beale's neighbors decided to have a karaoke party that extended into the early morning hours. So instead of tuning it out, Beale wrote a critique of each person's performance and scored it on a scale of 1 to 10. He wrote it on a giant newspaper-style posterboard that he put up in the building's common area for everyone to see. Beale's homemade poster reads, "To the people that kept us up all night by singing/screaming on their balcony, thank you for your epic performance. Your terrace faces 115 windows so you really did have the perfect stage." Obviously, Beale's sign was meant to be sarcastic and it goes on to list the songs as well as the times they were sung, with their ratings written below.
The list begins with a 3 out of 10 for the Who's "Pinball Wizard" at 2:23 a.m. and ends almost seven hours later at 9:10 a.m. with "Friday I'm in Love" by the Cure. Apparently, 3:14's rendition of Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" was the low point of the evening, as Beale wrote, "I hate this song." The high point seemed to be Elton John's "Tiny Dancer," which he rated a 7 and wrote, "actually very good." The review ends with Beale's true feelings. He wrote, "As the song ended, one of you looked out over our courtyard and hugged the other. You gestured to the beautiful sunny morning and gave a little smile that said to the world: 'Yep, we absolutely nailed that.' I hate you."
This is not Beale's first venture into creative complaint letters. In 2008, he wrote a complaint letter to Sir Richard Branson about the food on a Virgin Airways flight that some say is the funniest complaint letter of all time. Along with pictures of his food from his flight from Mumbai to London, he attached six pages of detailed complaints.
So it appears that all was not lost on karaoke night. Sure, Beale and some of his neighbors may have lost hours of sleep, but in return, now they'll all get to share in the laughter of Beale's clever critique.
Treasures Strip Club Must Cover Dancers' Backsides After Houston Judge Saw 'Too Much Tokus'
An X-rated strip club in Houston is about to go PG.
At the behest of District Judge Alexandra Smoots-Hogan, patrons of Treasures Strip Club must tuck in their shirts and strippers are forbidden from showing their backsides, the Houston Chronicle reported Monday.
“I saw far too much tokus for my liking," the Chronicle quoted the judge as saying after she reviewed video footage taken at the club.
The crackdown (no pun intended) comes amid allegations by Houston and Harris County officials that Treasures Strip Club is a hot-spot for prostitution, drugs and illegal weapons.
Leading up to a December trial, the court issued on Monday a list of temporary rules at the club, including some that the club’s attorneys called “overly burdensome.”
"They want to try and make it impossible for us to do business in Houston," Treasures' attorney Al Van Huff told the Chronicle of the case back in July. "We don't want to be targeted anymore."
In addition to the restrictions on untucked shirts and exposed behinds, the judge reportedly ordered Treasures to fire anyone on the payroll who has been convicted of a felony in the past decade as well as operate a total of 26 video cameras and turn over the tapes to government lawyers on a weekly basis.
If they follow the court's orders, work with us, we work with them ... We don't want to close them if they will obey the law," a city official told the Chronicle. Attorneys for Treasures reportedly said they will file an appeal of the temporary orders.
This isn’t the first time Houston has clashed with its strip clubs. In July, the city hit local strip joints with a so-called “pole tax.” The ordinance requires clubs to pay a $5-per-visitor fee to help fund rape investigations by local police.
While club owners criticized the tax as draconian, supporters contended that “strip clubs should shoulder some of the costs of rape investigations because the establishments can cultivate unhealthy attitudes toward women that can lead to sexual assaults,” the Wall Street Journal reported at the time.
The "Hidden Pearl" Manicure: These Might Be The Coolest Yet Creepiest Nails You've Ever Seen
Not since on-a-chalkboard have nails given me the shivers like this. Ladies, this morning you have to check out this "hidden pearl" manicure from the Diego Binetti Spring 2013 runway show and tell me what YOU think.
Look at this insanity--the models' triple-tiered nails opened up like little clamshells, revealing itty-bitty faux pearls inside each layer!
ND manicurist Heather Reynosa-Davis also incorporated some very cool bright colors and clear lucite nails--but I can't get past the crazy pearl-inside-the-nail idea to focus on anything else here. I mean, yes, this manicure takes nail art to a new level, for sure, and I totally admire the creativity and craftmanship, but I have to admit that my primary feeling right now is creeped-out. Something about the way those nails peel back...shiver! Totally gives me chills. How about you? What's your reaction to the hidden-pearl manicure?
Three Pointless Abilities People Love to Brag About
A lot of things are WORTH bragging about . . . like a promotion, or when your kid does something NOT idiotic. But some people do it with stuff that doesn't even MATTER. Here are the three most pointless abilities people love to brag about.
--And this might come as a shock . . . but they're mostly things GUYS love bragging about.
#1.) How Good They Are at Eating Spicy Food. For some reason, people think it means they're tough. But in reality, it just means they'll have a rough time in the BATHROOM later that night. #2.) How They Never Need a Jacket. This one's just DUMB, because you can't control your body temperature when it's cold out, no matter how tough you are.
--With that said, it's been shown that Buddhist monks CAN raise their body temperatures through meditation . . . by up to 17 degrees in their fingers and toes. And they can also lower their metabolism by more than 60%.
--But if you're a NORMAL person and you're cold, shut up and put something warmer on.
#3.) How Well They Function on No Sleep. In reality, it probably means they either have trouble sleeping, or they're a workaholic. And eventually, either of those will catch up with them.
--They're also probably the type of person who falls asleep in meetings, and can't make it through a whole movie without dozing off. (Cracked.com)
Maggie and Jeff just moved in together and he always has the guys over. Maggie is upset that Jeff friends eat everything in sight! Jeff doesn't think its that big of a deal! Who's Right and who's wrong?
Lisa and her friend lived together. Money issues caused Lisa to move out and she hasn't spoken to her friend since then. It's been a while since then and they're friends on Facebook, so Lisa was shocked when she wasn't invited to her friend's wedding. She's more hurt than mad and she's thinking about showing up at the ceremony just to let her friend that she still cares about her. Should she? What should she do?
Being best man is a job fraught with peril: is there anything worse than giving a bad toast, getting drunk, or doing both at the same time at your best friend’s wedding?
Well, it turns out there is: losing the wedding ring.
At St. John’s church in Surrey, south of London, during the wedding of Lewis Aubrey, 31, and Elizabeth Gray, 29, a ‘pling’ sound rang throughout the church, alarming everyone present.
“Was that the ring?” asked the priest, Nicholas Calver, who conducted the ceremony.
When the best man — the groom’s brother, Matt Aubrey — sheepishly confirmed that it was, the ceremony was paused while the wedding party tried vainly to find it. At one point, 20 people were reportedly crawling on the floor, lifting carpets, dissecting flower displays and even digging through the best man’s sporran, which is a fur pouch worn over a kilt.
The bride was in shock. “I was kind of just thinking, ‘Oh, God, the show’s got to go on. I want to get married,’” Gray said afterward.
It had taken Aubrey six months to search for just the right ring, and he wasn’t about to let it go lightly. One photo shows Aubrey covering his mouth moments after the ring was dropped; another shows Aubrey, in his kilt, kneeling on the floor to find the ring.
After several minutes of fruitless searching, Gray’s mother lent the couple her wedding ring and the ceremony continued.
“It kind of felt nice and it felt right to use my mum’s because it means something,” Gray told ABC News.
But the real hero of the day was Calver. Armed with a shovel and a flashlight, the priest told The Telegraph, he spent two hours looking for the missing ring, finally discovering it in a crack between a step and the altar’s raised dais. Calver rushed to the reception and found the embarrassed best man. Poking Matt Aubrey in the rib, Calver said, “I think you own me a drink.”
The best man entered into the reception holding the ring aloft like Frodo from The Lord of the Rings, Gray told ABC News. Then the real ring was placed on her finger and the priest blessed the marriage again. “So I kind of got married twice,” she said.
Wine Purse by Chris & The Crew,posted Sep 13 2012 7:20AM
Boxed wine is going couture, because let’s face it, the only people who get down on boxed wine are high fashion girls. And low fashion girls. Actually, the connection to boxed wine and high fashion is beyond me, but Swedish company Vernissage is making that connection with their new line of high-end boxed wine purses
This bag-in-a-bag concept was developed by Sofia Blomberg and Takis Soldatos out of Sweden, and comes in three varieties: a white (chardonnay/viognier), red (syrah/cab blend) and a rosé. All three flavors put on an alcohol content of at least 13%.No word on where you can buy these just yet, but we wanted to share the high end debauchery with you before your friend acts like they heard about it first.
You probably didn't realize it, but we spend all day walking around HUMILIATED. According to a new survey, the average person feels embarrassed FOUR TIMES a DAY. That's 1,460 times a year. Here are the top 10 ways . . .
#1.) Forgetting someone's name when you're introducing them.
#2.) Tripping in public.
#3.) Getting someone's name wrong.
#4.) Getting food stains or splashes on your shirt.
#5.) Waving at someone and they don't see it.
#6.) Having food stuck in your teeth.
#7.) Thinking someone's waving at you when they're not.
#8.) Being late.
#9.) Forgetting where you parked.
#10.) Burping accidentally.
Oh, yes. You didn't think we'd let the men get off easy, did you? Heck no. Though I suspect that the male gender's collective pulse doesn't get too heated over being represented right in chick flicks, I think we, as lifelong fans of men, can safely say there's some stuff they just. Don't. Do.
That being said-I think my favorite part of writing this post will probably end up being you ladies hollering if your man has pulled a move straight out of Matthew McConaughey's playbook. Don't be stingy with the stories!
Without further ado... here are some things I've pretty much only seen two-dimensional men do.
1. Have access to their apartment building roof and a no-shame flair for twinkle-light stringing.
2. Give each other tips on dancing, flirting, and kissing.
3. Make denying that love even exists their "thing."
4. Make bets that involve convincing women to fall in love with them. This conceit involves many things men aren't fans of: making women angry, apologizing, losing bets, large restaurant bills, and above all, extra effort.
5. Have Buddha-like patience when the woman they love does something all-out crazy, such as throwing food around your apartment and turning up your stereo for no good reason.
6. Get over being cheated on superfast-especially in high-stakes scenarios.
With all due respect to The Wedding Date, a guy going through with the wedding when he's learned about infidelity during the prelude music? I kinda doubt it.
7. Fall in love with women wearing masks.
I mean, masks just make people uncomfortable. Nine guys out of ten choose the woman not wearing a mask every time. Because MASKS ARE WEIRD. So don't let Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray trip you up. It's not a good idea to wear a mask.
8. Wait for women for hours on their doorstep.
A simple "u home?" text usually clears things up nicely.
9. Run after women.
10. Run after women through airports.
This one's just prohibited by law.
11. Let girls make a whole speech in the doorway, then open the door to reveal the other girl they're making out with.
I don't think it's that hard. Either come outside right away, or don't open the door at all.
12. Remember special dates and return to special places per the terms of an agreement forged years ago on one magical night.
If I ask my husband to meet me somewhere in ten minutes, he's going to forget. If I tried to recreate that Serendipity scene, here's roughly how his response would go: Bring your what? Glove? What glove? A black glove? In a bag? On the top shelf? I don't like to mess with the top shelf. OK, OK. I'll see you at Burger King. You did say Burger King, right? Hey, I'm here, I'm getting a Whopper, what do you-the ice rink? Why there? Fine, I'm on my way. No, I didn't bring your gloves, I could only find the one.
My boyfriend and I have been together for a little over a year. A few months ago he gave me his old phone because mine broke. I was playing around with it, and found a text between my bf and a girl -friend of his. He says she’s like a sister to him. When I was reading through the text, it didn’t seem like it, it was very flirty. He said her smile made his day and that she was the most important person to him. I know it was wrong to read it, and now I regret it, because I don't trust him as much as I did before. Did I mention they were texting at 3 in the morning? When I confronted him about it he seemed like he felt bad for upsetting me, but now, it’s almost like he blames me for ruining their friendship, because he doesn’t see her that much anymore.
I would never want to ruin their friendship. It wasn’t that they were friends, but what they were saying to each other.
Am I overreacting or is this normal for a guy to talk to his girl friend that way?
According to a survey by a British website called Siteopia, only one in five people call their partner by their actual name all the time. The rest have 'pet names' for each other.
--One in six men refer to their wife as "the boss" . . . and one in 14 call her "the ball and chain." One in 10 guys say their friends found out their wife's pet name for THEM . . . either by her accidentally using it in public, or by friends reading their texts.
--Anyway, here are the 10 pet names that women hate most:
That's the number picked by the most users of the cheating website SeakingArrangement in a (non-scientific) survey as the ideal for men and women. Nikki Howarth, a party planner, opined on the survey to the Daily Mail: "You want to date a man who is confident and knows what he is doing sexually." But for women, it's different: "My advice to any girl is: don’t tell, particularly if your figure is above ten. Most guys will think worse of you."
When AskMen surveyed male readers on how many sex partners made a woman promiscuous, the most popular answer was 5. But that was the lowest number available — it's possible that given the choice, guys would've gone even lower.
That's how many men Anna Faris's character in What's Your Number? had slept with when she decided she absolutely couldn't have sex with any more people, and thus had to marry one of her ex-boyfriends. To the credit of society at large, viewers were unimpressed with this premise.
Last year, blogger Naked With Socks On said that "there's no universal answer" to how many men a woman should sleep with. Then he added, "If a woman is in her mid 20s and already has 30+ partners I'm definitely going to give her the side-eye."
AskMen columnist Heidi Muller wrote, "No matter what people say, hearing that your girlfriend has bedded 17 men before you and she's only 23 years old, yeah, that's kind of a stretch (no pun intended)." It's possible that older women get a little more wiggle room — later she mentions 20 as the number men consider "horrible."
6. Five to Ten
Ed Housewright wrote on Single Dad House, "What’s the maximum number of sex partners you could accept for a woman you’re serious about? For me, I’d say less than 10. Actually, closer to five." He doesn't have a reason, other than that those numbers "reflect my comfort zone with a woman’s sexual history."
The Frisky conducted a poll on this issue, and respondent Liz said, "More than 30 sexual partners for anyone is too many…actually maybe more than 25." She's a fan of gender equality — this number apparently holds for men and women.
8. One Hundred
Another respondent to the Frisky poll, Megan, was a bit more forgiving: "I think over 100 is really excessive." Her limit also applied to both men and women.
Of course, many religious conservatives argue that all people should have just one sex partner over the course of their lives: their spouse. Last year, for instance, Glenn T. Stanton wrote at Focus on the Family, "Science is now showing us what our grandmothers and pastors knew all along. Having sex with someone who is not our spouse can have a real, measurable and harmful impact upon later relationships."
Perfect Number? 23.89
According to a very scientific average of all the above numbers (using 7 for that 5-10 range), the absolute perfect number of sexual partners for a woman to have is 23.89. If you haven't been with that many yet, get to work. And if you've already topped that number, we guess it's too late for you to be perfect!
The Japanese are just so damn innovative. And so damn perverted.
--Last week, they held a charity fundraiser that sounds like the best way to get a tax deduction EVER. Anyone who made a donation got a chance to SQUEEZE WOMEN'S NAKED BREASTS.
--Ten women, most of whom were Japanese porn stars, volunteered to let thousands of men squeeze their breasts for a donation. The men were only allowed two squeezes per hand, per donation.
--All of the money went toward AIDS research. There's no word on what the minimum donation was for a squeeze.
--We also don't know how much they raised, but we're thinking it had to be a FORTUNE.
Lara recently moved into an apartment with her good friend, Kelly. The problem is that Kelly's mom decided to decorate the place without asking Lara. What should Lara do? She doesn't want to upset her roomate, but she HATES the decorations.
Many people automatically consider pizza one of the top foods to avoid on a fat loss or healthy diet program. However, if you learn to make healthy topping choices, this does not have to be the case. By choosing correctly, pizza can actually be a well-balanced choice that supports your goals of building lean muscle mass or stripping off that last layer of body fat to reveal a set of ripped abs.
Here are the top 10 best nutritional pizza toppings that you should consider.
Ham is one of the best protein choices to add on: It's lower in fat than sausage, ground beef or crumbled bacon, and also contains more protein. With about seven grams of fat per three ounce serving, it fits nicely within your daily fat budget too.
9. Parmesan Cheese
Parmesan cheese is often overlooked but is a great alternative to regular cheese. It's higher in protein and lower in fat, plus Parmesan cheese will offer a boost in calcium as well. While it won't provide the same texture as regular mozzarella cheese would, it's a more nutritionally ideal choice.
If you're making the pizza at home, toss on reduced fat Parmesan cheese to take this benefit even further.
If you're craving something sweet, rather than finishing the meal with dessert, top the pizza with some pineapple.
One cup contains over 100% of your daily recommended intake of manganese, which is a nutrient that plays a role in energy formation of the body. Finally, pineapple is also a good source of vitamins C and E, which support healthy eyesight and a strong immune system.
7. Low-Fat Cheese
If you can't do without stringy cheese on your pizza, using low-fat cheese boosts the nutritional quality while bringing the total fat and calories down. Low-fat cheese is higher in protein, thus, a good option when trying to cut back on your meat consumption. One cup of shredded low-fat cheese will provide about 203 calories and 8 grams of fat.
6. Extra Tomato Sauce
To add more flavor to your pizza, add extra tomato sauce. It's a rich source of lycopene and may help prevent cancers of the lungs, stomach and prostate gland. At only 79 calories per whole cup, it supports your goal of getting lean.
Crushed garlic will also add a high dose of flavor to your pizza without providing significant calories as half an ounce is just 21 calories total. Crushed garlic will provide the nutritional benefits of promoting good cholesterol levels, helping to prevent atherosclerosis, and helping to decrease the risk of heart disease.
4. Diced Chicken
For a low-fat protein source, you really can't beat diced chicken. Many pizza places offer this as a topping that you can request; or, if you're preparing your pizza at home it can be added yourself. Be careful of ordering a chicken pizza at a pizza restaurant, because these will typically come with cream sauces that contain too much saturated fat and calories.
Another smart topping to add to your pizza to boost its nutrition and flavor are mushrooms. These contain just 15 calories per cup and 2.2 grams of protein. While that may seem like a minuscule amount of protein, it puts them at about 50% total protein content. Mushrooms are another food that's recommend for males to use to help prevent prostate cancer and will also supply a high dose of selenium to protect against free radicals.
Known to be one of the most nutritional vegetables, tossing broccoli on your pizza is a wise move. Broccoli is loaded with vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, and folate, along with many other minerals and vitamins.
Finally, the No. 1 most nutritional pizza topping is spinach, packing a powerful nutritional punch. One of the nutrients found in highest concentrations in spinach is vitamin K, which is important for making sure the blood clots effectively.
In addition to this, spinach contains over 13 different flavonoid compounds that work to help prevent the occurrence of cancer.
So, don't avoid pizza any longer. Just start making nutritional pizza topping choices that will help make this once-taboo dish a part of your usual diet.
Communication is crucial in a healthy relationship, and most guys are game to answer any questions you may have. However, there are some questions that a man never wants to to hear come out of a woman's mouth.
To avoid ruining your chances with a guy, here are four things to avoid saying to a man:
1. Do you think I'm fat? Men despise this question. First of all, there is no clear way for him to answer correctly. If he says "no." the woman might accuse him of lying or just trying to be nice. But if he answers with brutal honesty and says "no, but you could lay off the ice cream." it will only hurt her feelings and cause hours of unnecessary drama that otherwise could have been avoided. Men are attracted to confident women, and questions like these make you look needy and insecure.
2. What was your ex like? Before you ask this question, consider what your motives are. Are you trying to get insight into what kind of women he's attracted to? Are you just nosey and curious? Are you jealous that he's been in love before?
Now that you've answered the why, consider this — does it really matter? If he's not with her but he is with you, what more do you need to know? Questions like this only make you look insecure. That relationship didn't work out for a reason, so don't give him a reason to look back.
3. Will you call me when you get there ... and text me when you're leaving ... and call me before you go to sleep? Guys love to call and text their girlfriends, but only when they want to. Not because they feel like they have to.
When a guy feels like he has to call you and "check in" with his every move, he will slowly start resenting you more and more each time he picks up the phone. His hourly phone calls might make you feel secure, but wouldn't you enjoy the attention more if you gave your guy the license to make his own choices about how to let you know that you're important and that he's thinking about you? It will feel a lot better when you know it's coming from a place of love rather than him simply doing it because he has to.
4. Where do you see us in ten years? Most men don't have 20 year plans for their relationships. They live in the moment, and they enjoy every second they get to spend with the woman they care about. That's not to say that they don't want long-term things or have goals, but if a guy is committed to you now, he isn't thinking about ten years down the road. Most likely, he's happy with how things are going and just wants it to continue.
A canoe trip started with a marriage proposal and ended with a water rescue, giving a metro Detroit couple a story they have told to "awws" from some people and friendly teasing from others.
Nathan Bluestein, 27, of Northville and May Gorial, 32, of Madison Heights set out Saturday in a canoe in Wild Fowl Bay in Huron County in the Thumb.
Bluestein had been planning it for months. He tucked a message in a bottle inside a lunch bag that he brought on the trip.
"I made sure that she never could touch the lunch bag," he said. "I had it around my arm the whole time."
When Gorial was distracted by a loud boat passing in the choppy waters, he tossed the bottle in the water. They retrieved it -- inside was a sheet of paper, soaked in tea and burned around the edges to age it, with a poem written in French.
Gorial, a French teacher at Bishop Foley Catholic High School in Madison Heights, began reading and translating the poem that she figured was for someone else. Then came a second piece of paper -- this one in English.
"You're the love of my life," Gorial recalled it saying. "I can't imagine spending the rest of my life without you. That being said ... "
Bluestein pulled out a ring and asked Gorial to marry him.
"I accepted, very happily," she said.
The two talked and snapped pictures. In their excitement, they didn't realize the tide had taken them a little too far from shore.
The couple tried paddling back with all their strength. But with strong winds and 3- to 5-foot waves, they didn't get anywhere.
"I was getting seasick at that point," Gorial said.
The current was pushing the canoe in the direction of North Island, several miles from the main shore.
The couple called for help -- first to family members and then 911, so police could use GPS to track them. Huron County Sheriff's Deputies Sid Schock and Matthew Clark arrived as night fell to bring the pair and their canoe safely back.
A full moon came out and fireworks blasted off as Bluestein and Gorial rode on the patrol boat -- something they joked was part of the planned proposal.
"It was really amazing and unforgettable," Gorial said.
The experience taught the couple, who ended up 4-5 miles from where they should have been, that they can get through anything together, Bluestein said.
"The way I look at it ... she's my best friend and the love of my life," he said.
The two have not set a date for the wedding, but said when the invitations go out, two new acquaintances each will get one -- the deputies who showed up to help.
"If it wasn't for them, we wouldn't have seen the wedding day," Gorial said.
I work weekends at a local hotel. Last weekend a guy walked in to book a room. I felt like I knew him but I couldn’t figure out where I knew him from till he gave me his ID. Then it hit me…OMG! He’s engaged to one of my friends from college! I’ve never actually met him before but I’ve seen pics of him n stuff on Facebook. I got excited for a few seconds cuz I thought he was getting a room with my friend… n I haven’t seen her in awhile. Then this really skanky girl walks up to the desk and puts her arms around him! This Was NOT my friend from school! I was so disgusted cuz I know how much my friend loves this guy! The good news was that his credit card didn’t go through and he didn’t have any cash so I couldn’t give him the room. But there are a bunch of hotels in our area so they could have gone to another one.
If you’ve ever been on a cruise, you know the importance of smuggling alcohol. Those SOB cruise lines offer drinks at crazy inflated prices and then inspect the hell out of your bags before you get on board the ship. Shampbooze is a stealthy way to bring your own hooch on your high seas adventure. The set of two 16 ounce flasks are virgin, food grade faux plastic shampoo and conditioner bottles, ready to fool ‘em all. The company not only blurs the labels to keep them under the radar, they also redesign them every few months. $8
Few things are as aggravating as screaming children on cross-country flights, or the ones who remain quiet all the while booting your chair with rhythmic incessancy. A couple with 14 week old twin boys was more than aware of this fact and as a pre-emptive measure when flying cross-country from San Francisco, they handed out plastic bags of candy to fellow passengers to placate them in anticipation of the infants crying, screaming or causing other annoyances.
Andrew Merritt, one of the recipients, posted a picture of the bag of treats on Reddit and the story of this gesture of goodwill spread.
But as usual, no good deed goes unpunished, as the authenticity of the story was called into question, due to the cost to the parents. However, The Daily Mail has confirmed that the couple did pass out treats. Judging from the photos, the candies were Jolly Ranchers and Werther’s Original, not exactly high-end sweets that would put the parents in the poor house.
A note was included with the goodies, which read as follows:
"We’re twin baby boys on our first flight and we’re only 14 weeks old! We’ll try to be on our best behavior, but we’d like to apologize in advance just in case we lose our cool, get scared or our ears hurt. Our mom and dad (AKA our portable milk machine and our diaper changer) have ear plugs available if you need them."
Mia found a picture in her fiance's pocket. Now this wouldn't be such a big deal except the picture was of his best friend's girlfriend who is a model! She's thinking of confronting the girl and asking her why she'd give the pic to her fiance! What should she do?
Carrie & Mike went on vacation and they agreed they both would not email and just focus on each other. Carrie caught Mike sending emails back and forth tohis co-workers and she was so mad! Mike is in the middle of a big project and probably would have gotten fired if he didn't answer the emails. Who's right and who's wrong?
If you say you're looking for a boyfriend on Facebook, you might expect a few comical replies. But would you ever expect to find a cover letter slipped under your door from someone asking to be considered for the position?
That's what one college student says happened to her after she wrote such a post.
The suitor notes that he's currently listed as single on his W2 tax forms, which, you know, is always a plus. He also says he feels well-qualified for the position because he's laid back, likes to cuddle, has a tolerance for shopping, enjoys oral sex and has the ability to listen -- "really listen."
However, the man also mentions he has "exceptional navigational skills," which means he'll probably refuse to ask for directions. He also boasts about his competence with multiple video game systems including Playstation 3 and Xbox Live -- skills some women might consider more of a liability than an asset.
The temperature inside your car can get insanely hot on sunny days, regardless of the temperature outside. When you get to your car and it's boiling hot, what's the first thing you do? You lower the windows and blast the air conditioner, right?
A convenient feature that's been around for years, but remains unknown to many car owners, is the ability to lower the windows with the key remote. This allows you to begin cooling your car without having to get in first. Unless the car dealership told you about this trick or you happen to read manuals for fun, you may have been unaware of this ages-old trick.
The trick usually involves pressing the remote's unlock button, releasing it, then pressing it again and holding it down. In some cars, instead of using the remote, you can insert your key in the door lock and turn it clockwise, release, then turn it clockwise again and hold. Turning the key counterclockwise will usually raise the windows back up. Some cars will also include the sunroof as a window in this operation, while some convertibles with automatic tops will shut.
Based on an internal CNET poll, Reddit user comments and CNET user comments, we've confirmed that the trick works on various models from the following manufacturers: