The Daily Squeeze: Happiness, Chores, and Swedish Drugstores

  • Half of being happy comes down to genes, according to a study of nearly 1,000 pairs of identical twins. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland found that genetics controlled 50 percent of the personality traits that make people happy, while other factors, like relationships, health, and careers, determine the rest. [Reuters]
  • American men have increased how much housework they do, doubling their contribution in the last 40 years. Instead of washing dishes and folding laundry 15 percent of the time, which is how it was back in the 1960s, men now do more than 30 percent of the total housework, a report released by the Council on Contemporary Families says. We’d like to see that number come up to 50 percent in the next few years, and we’re pretty sure that 51 percent of the population would agree. [USA Today]
  • The state-run pharmacy chain in Sweden will begin selling sex toys to satisfy customer demand. After a survey revealed that customers wanted to see dildos and massage oils at stores, Apoteket decided to offer them for a one-year trial period starting in May. Will they be on Aisle 3, with the plastic forks and spoons? [The Local]
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    Dark Roots: Childless In The City

    I like kids. Not enough to have one of my own, but I like them. Especially the ones that can walk, talk, and fetch me Diet Coke. When I was a kid, children were a form of cheap labor — “Take out the garbage!” “Clean your room!” — and we did not commingle with adults. This was especially true during parental cocktail hour when we stayed in our bedrooms. Adult interaction was limited to teachers, neighbors, 7-11 employees, and the somewhat creepy Girl Scout troupe leader. Keep reading »

    Poll: Was The Project Runway Finale In Or Out?

    The Daily Hotness: Victoria Beckham

    Whoa, how much do we love Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham? As the guest judge on last night’s season finale of Project Runway she showed off her wit and charm as well as her impeccable style and taste during her critique of the designers’ final collections. She even cracked a smile, which she noted, “Is not easy for me to do.” But when we were left with a desperate need for more Posh after the episode was over, we were super psyched to discover that the pop and fashion icon is in talks to host her own reality show, tentatively titled Fashion Nightmares on Fox, in which she’ll travel around the U.S. helping people with dismal fashion sense. Our Tivo is already set. Keep reading »

    Star Couplings: Rihanna And Chris Brown Can’t Fight That Feeling Anymore

  • Aww, so cute. Rihanna and Chris Brown aren’t even tryin’ to hide their affection anymore. [Oh No They Didn't!]
  • Sheryl Crow says that Jennifer Aniston was the one to dump Brad Pitt, not the other way around. In fairness, we suspect he was doing that guy thing, where they bait you into doing their dirty work. [Digital Spy]
  • We just bought the new Us Weekly and it’s clear from the pictures of Kate Hudson in an itty-bitty-butt-cheek revealing bikini that the star is not pregnant and all the fuss has been over some bloat. [Us Weekly]
  • Speaking of baby bumps, Nicole Kidman’s looks like she swallowed a lima bean. Shouldn’t she be showing more? [Oh No They Didn't!]
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  • Good Deed, Bad Girl

    When I recently purged my closet and wanted to donate some of my things to charity, I went to the closest drop-off center, a Salvation Army (also one of world’s largest Christian organizations). The thing is, it’s hard to tell black trash bags apart and I accidentally donated some personal items…including my collection of handmade pasties. Oopsies! When I realized my mistake, I went back to reclaim the bag before a sweet old church lady exposed my tassel twirling sins. Lucky for me, a nice grandpa-like fellow volunteered to take me to look for my stuff and I thought I could manage to keep him from my sequined secrets. After a desperate dumpster dive, I found the bag, but it was strangely empty. “Ooooooh, that bag,” the man said, as if he never expected me to be the tart with the talented rack. “Yeah, some of the ladies found it yesterday and we threw the stuff out because, well…we wouldn’t put out that kind of item. After all, this is a place of God.” Blushing, I tried to recover by joking, “Oh, not even for women who want to entertain their husbands?” Apparently, that wasn’t his kind of entertainment….although he did recognize that they were pasties. So anyway, if you ever are donating clothing to your local S.A., just make sure the items are bigger than one-inch in diameter. [Salvation Army] Keep reading »

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