How To Pass The 7-Second Test

Earlier this month, Susannah admitted that she can tell how a date will go within the first three seconds. Turns out, she’s only about four seconds faster than average at sizing up a potential mate. Linda Blair, clinical psychologist and author of Straight Talking, says: “‘It takes only seven seconds for us to judge another person when we first meet them,” explaining that this subconscious behavior goes back to our “primitive roots when we couldn’t afford to make wrong decisions.” Judi James, author of The Body Language Bible, agrees, and explains: “We’re looking primarily to see if we should feel threatened, but we also make several assumptions about attraction and personality. … Because we tend to be time-poor, we use assumption as a short-cut, meaning if you don’t get it right first time you might not get another chance.”

This not only spells potential trouble for the person we’re sizing up, but it can be disastrous for us when we’re the ones being judged. After the jump, a few expert tips for passing the seven-second test yourself. Keep reading »

Elizabeth Hurley Tweets Her Separation

“Not a great day. For the record, my husband Arun and I separated a few months ago. Our close family & friends were aware of this.”

Elizabeth Hurley tweets the news that, despite having two over-the-top weddings, her romance with businessman Arun Nayer is donezo. Just as the News of the World reported that she’s been having a fling with cricket player Shane Warne. [People] Keep reading »

The Horror! Kelsey And Camille Grammer Have A Sex Tape

Dear Universe,

We’ve never really understood what celebrity sex tapes are all about, but for the love of Ryan Gosling, why would “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Camille Grammer and the guy from “Frasier” ever, ever make one? “Star” magazine–which, OK, isn’t always a reliable source–is reporting that Camille is bringing out the sex tape guns as a way to get what she wants out of her divorce settlement. Kelsey left Camille for British flight attendant Kayte Walsh (to whom he is now reportedly engaged) and Camille is feeling rather vindictive. A source close to Camille says: “She’s been dropping plenty of hints she’s ready and willing to embarrass him if he doesn’t give her a huge alimony payment.” File under: “Things We Never Want To View, Ever. [Power Web Spoilers] Keep reading »

You May Want To Boycott Wrinkle-Free Fabrics After Reading This

So, you’re probably not thinking to yourself, “Oooh, man, I want that wrinkle-free L.L. Bean blouse for Christmas sooo bad.” (Maybe your mom is.) While wrinkle-free fabrics are not exactly a style selling point for young women, you’d be surprised by how often they are employed (especially in men’s dress shirts), not just in clothing, but also in household items like sheets, curtains, and upholstery. Apparently, these fabrics are made with processes involving formaldehyde, informs the New York Times. While this sounds dangerous, it’s not something to necessarily to get your underwear in a bundle about. Which wouldn’t actually be possible if they were wrinkle-free, har har.
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8 Celebrity Scrooges

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New mom Rachel Dratch doesn’t fall for all that Baby’s First Christmas jazz. She feels like her 3-month-old won’t notice whether they celebrate Christmas or not, so she’s decided to avoid it altogether. “He’s not conscious of the holiday yet so I’m taking a pass. I don’t have to go all out yet,” she told People. But, uh, Rachel, you could also could use the get-out-of-Xmas free card for being a Jew.

Anyway, as it turns out, a whole lotta celebs hate Christmas. Who? Why? Find out after the jump!

Are Elephants The New Wedding Trend?

Nicole Richie and Joel Madden tied the knot this weekend, two kiddos and four years later. The two got hitched at Lionel Richie’s estate, and Nicole wore a strapless Marchesa get-up. While there’s no word on whether any dancing on the ceiling went down during the reception, there is one very curious element to the ceremony—apparently, a trained elephant was led into the proceedings. Which is interesting, because when Katy Perry and Russell Brand got married in October, their procession included two elephants.
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