According to a new study, a third of all women “view an inadequate Christmas gift as a relationship deal-breaker.” Women sited cooking utensils, cleaning products, fake jewelry, and, mysteriously, “a tape dispenser” as bad gift choices. Not surprisingly, lame gifts followed by more disappointments (reservations at the wrong restaurant, perhaps?) led to more breakups, the survey found. Interestingly, smart women are particularly hard to please: “highly educated women — especially those in the legal field — are particularly demanding.” Keep reading »
Some catalogs are worth their weight in paper, others are a waste. I get an average of two L.L. Bean catalogs a month, and while I adore them and the fact that they sell plaid duct tape (amazing, right?!), I really don’t need to see the same sweaters, duck boots, and alarm clocks multiple times each month. Just think of those poor trees that were cut down to make all those L.L. Bean catalogs! So, I am going to call up my favorite purveyor of monogrammed tote bags and tell them to stop sending me glossy books every month. You should do the same — or go to Catalog Choice and communicate with companies about what catalogs you no longer wish to receive.
See all the ways to make the most of the last 31 days of 2008 here. Keep reading »
Back when I was in high school, a guy I was hooking up with had taken some sexy naked photos of me on my new car which I got from a dead old man’s estate sale. To celebrate my first car purchase — a ’88 Mercury Sable, truly the car equivalent of nurses shoes — I rolled around on the hood with my mom’s vintage leather skirt hiked up and no top, just like an ’80s video vixen. While my BF and I thought the naughty pics were hilarious, my dad didn’t think they were nearly as funny as we did. In fact, when he found them, I didn’t think they were awesome anymore either. Awkward! But I have to say, I am glad he found them instead of my whole school. Sadly, for a couple cheerleaders in Seattle, not only did the nude photos they took of themselves get passed around town, but the girls also got suspended — one for a month, and another for a year! Keep reading »
Who doesn’t want to impress a date? We tend to dress up a little more, do a better job of applying our eyeliner, and sit up straighter when we go out with someone new, but according to a study, most of us probably tell a few lies, too. A survey of 1,543 Britons by the National Year of Reading found that 39 percent are more likely to lie about what books and magazines they’ve read than they are about their age or job. Have you ever lied to a date about books you’ve read? Tell us which ones in the comments… [Telegraph, U.K.] Keep reading »
We were so delighted with 2008′s surprise comebacks that we decided to get a jump on next year’s. As you’ll see, some of these predictions aren’t likely, but we think it would be awesome if they did come true. Keep reading »
Doctors in St. Louis successfully transplanted an ovary from one twin to another who had gone into early menopause at age 15. The transplanted ovary restored the woman’s full fertility and she gave birth at 38. According to researchers writing in the New England Journal of Medicine, this is the first time an entire ovary has been transplanted and resulted in a live birth.
Dr. Sherman Silber of the Infertility Center of St. Louis said that this success could help two groups of women: those who have undergone chemotherapy and lost ovarian function, and those who want to extend the time they are fertile. For the latter group, a doctor could remove one of two ovaries when the patient is in her 20s and freeze it. Then, when she’s in her 40s, the doctor could transplant it back. Because so many women are having babies later in life, this could be away to avoid costly rounds of in vitro fertilization. Putting one ovary in the freezer might soon become as commonplace as depositing money in the bank for retirement. [Reuters] Keep reading »
We’ve all dated that one guy we probably shouldn’t have because he was wrong in every way. We ignored the flaming red flags and let our hearts get broken. After we learned our lesson, we thought we should warn younger, less-experienced women about no-good men. And music is one of the best ways to spread a message. Keep reading »
Google recently released its “2008 Year-End Google Zeitgeist” lists of the fastest rising search terms, which are the terms that have seen the biggest increase in searches from last year. In the U.S., the top 10 fastest rising terms are:
6. fox news
8. beijing 2008
9. david cook
10. surf the channel
Kind of says a lot about our country, doesn’t it? At least American Idol David Cook is #9, not #1. Just for fun, we took a look at what people were searching for that brought them to The Frisky. Check them out, after the jump…
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