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Rent, don’t buy, ladies! Why is everyone always in such a huge rush to buy, buy, buy, anyway? It’s like once you own your own place you are one of the anointed few in adulthood. Well, a study out of University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School will make you rethink your down-payment savings plan: Researchers found that women who own their home weigh 12 pounds more on average than women who rent. Keep reading »
Millions of college students cringe at the word “FAFSA”—-fun to say, not so fun to fill out. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid helps a large number of students pay for college…after they’ve spent hours answering questions, nagging their parents for tax info, and enduring an experience close to torture. But it looks like the financial aid future is getting a lot brighter. Starting today, the U.S. Department of Education debuts a new, less aggravating, shorter FAFSA. Keep reading »
Remember that site F My Life? (I do because my roommate still reads it obsessively, laughing to herself in the corner much like a psychopath.) For those of you who don’t remember, F My Life serves up bite-sized stories about the tragedy of every day life, as submitted (and often made up) by anyone and everyone in command of a computer and the English language. It’s kind of funny to read things like: “I ran into my crush of three years ago. We used to always walk our dogs together. He still remembered my dog’s name. He didn’t remember mine.” (Okay, really funny.) But after a while, the utter disappointment and failure of it all grows a bit old.
When that day arrives for you, direct your attention to My Life Is Average, online home to all things painfully mediocre and oddly entertaining. I suggest reading while completing some mundane task so as to magnify both the fact that you’re not alone in your toiling and also the possibility that things will be this way forever. Yay! [My Life Is Average] Keep reading »
Have you ever berated your boyfriend for looking “just a little too long” at that girl walking by? Well, now he can tell you it’s just science. A new study out of Indiana University found that a woman’s partner status—whether she has a significant other or not— influences her interest in the opposite sex. But the same is not true for dudes. Neuroscientist Heather Rupp asked 59 men and 56 women, ages 17-26, both single and taken, all heterosexual, to give their “gut” reaction when describing pictures of the opposite sex. Rupp found that while subjectivity in describing the photos as attractive, masculine, feminine, etc was not influenced by whether the man or woman had a partner, single ladies looked at the male photos for a longer period of time than those women with partners. The men, on the other hand, stared just as long at the female photos whether they were taken or single.
This Saturday, another woman played super hero, taking down a bank robber at a Southern California Albertson’s store. Cyndi Orel, a 128-pound retired police woman, grabbed the robber and put him in a sleeper hold. The hold blocked the blood flow to his brain, causing the 220-pound guy to pass out (twice) while they waited for the police to arrive. They arrested the man and have linked him to another eight to ten robberies. [AssociatedPress]
To learn how to give your own sleeper hold, watch professional wrestler Gene Lebell’s instructional video, after the jump. Not that I’m telling you to stop bank robberies, but it might be useful in the future for a party trick? Or not? Keep reading »
Of course, sexual health educators should still teach everyone to protect themselves against HIV/AIDS. But researchers have created an interactive online “HIV/AIDS Atlas,” which shows how only one-fifth of America’s counties make up 80 percent of the cases. It’s sometimes hard to make public health topics “interesting” and “cool,” but a map does a good job of it! Keep reading »
I understand that some people despise their ex after a breakup. But Evan Rachel Wood better watch her back. In the new issue of Spin, Marilyn Manson gives a vivid account of how he cut himself with razor blades after their breakup. And he has this to say about Evan: “I have fantasies every day about smashing her skull with a sledgehammer.” Just a normal day in the Manson home…or the most despicable quote ever?
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