Falling In Love Gets You High

Fascinating new information about the science of love! Apparently, the feeling of falling in love is similar to the “euphoria” of taking cocaine, not that I know anything about that. According to a Syracuse University study, when a person “falls in love,” 12 parts of the brain work together to release crazy amounts of dopamine, oxytocin, adrenaline and vasopression, which, uh, I guess also happens when you’re channeling Tony Montana and snorting a mountain of coke. And it happens quick — that perfect cocktail of chemicals release in only about a fifth of a second. Keep reading »

Dear Wendy: “I’m Ashamed Of My Stripper Past”

When I was a freshman in college, I made a really bad decision that has been on my conscience ever since. I was attending an expensive private school and I didn’t make enough at my part-time job to support the kind of lifestyle I wanted and that most of my wealthy peers lived. So for three weeks, I took on the pseudonym “Scarlet” and worked the pole at a local strip club. I was constantly worried that one of my parents or someone at my school would find out. Eventually, I was so overcome with guilt and shame that I quit. My friends have always been very supportive and accepted me despite the social stigma associated with exotic dancers. I graduated Magna Cum Laude and am now working towards my Ph.D. However, I can’t help but feel that I am tarnished when it comes to seeking a romantic relationship. I’m afraid that my love interest with judge me and consider me easy or corrupt. But I do think that whomever I end up dating has the right to know. Do you agree? If so, should I downplay the severity of the situation (i.e., it was only three weeks and it was not a full nude club)? How should I go about overcoming this major insecurity? Or, is that the consequence of taking my clothes off for money? — Reformed Bad Girl

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Madonna’s Newest Project: Hard Candy Fitness Centers

Madonna‘s arm muscles are still a thing of wonder. So her newest venture sort of almost makes sense. Madonna is opening up a chain of gyms called Hard Candy Fitness Centers, named for her last album, natch. The first gym is opening in Mexico City and branches will also be heading to Russia, Brazil, Argentina, as well as multiple locations in Europe and Asia. What, no US of A? Keep reading »

Fabio, My Imaginary Friend

Oh, that Fabio—always there to offer a sympathetic ear or a helping hand. In this Funny Or Die clip from comedian Jon Daly, Fabio turns up to help Jon write some hilarious jokes AND woo a pretty lady. Because that’s what (imaginary) friends are for. [Funny or Die] Keep reading »

Girl Talk: My Mother Is A Hoarder

The smell of ammonia—a holdover from when the cat was sick—is the first thing I notice, before the dust seeps into my nostrils, making my eyes itch. The door doesn’t fully open, blocked by boxes in the entryway. The piles of craft projects, winter coats, and litter are pushing out from the walls, trying to escape outside. I have to turn sideways to get into the hallway, to the foot-and-a-half kept clear of debris so people can pass to the kitchen or living room. The dining room, with a hanging lamp and large oak table, was long ago lost entirely to the clutter.

There’s too much stuff. It’s disgusting. I hate it here.

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A Laptop Case That Doesn’t Pretend

Your laptop is having an identity crisis. Why? Because too often, Lappy feels like he’s wearing a mask when he’s zippered into some outfit that is completely unrepresentative of his style. This trompe l’oeil laptop case by Cooperative will show you value your machine’s essential beauty. You’ll protect your buddy, but still retain his basic character. OK, so that’s a bit far-fetched, but we’re crushing on this product because it’s cute and cheap. Need we say more?

[$28.00 Urban Outfitters]
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