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New Pickup Technique: The Copy Cat!

Are you ready for this one? If you want to get someone to like you … copy him! As in say what he says, nod when he nods, smile when he smiles. Yes, that’s all it takes. A new study done with monkeys, balls, and marshmallows (yes, you read that correctly) shows that people recognize and prefer those who mimic their behavior, proving once again that humans and monkeys alike are all hardwired to be totally self-absorbed. [Time] Keep reading »

Girl Talk: My First Love Is Getting Married

The man I was engaged to was my first real adult love. It was mutual, it was committed, and it was mature. But there were other “loves.” Adam, the long-haired hippie in 8th grade, who held my hand once and played the acoustic guitar; Rob, the twenty-something video store employee, whom I stalked for the entire summer before I turned 15; Jesse who gave me emotional support when my parents divorced the summer after freshman year of college; and lastly, Aidan*, a fellow staff member at my college newspaper whom I fell for — HARD — my senior year. Keep reading »

MERRIme.com: Episode 8

Sigh. Merri, Merri, Merri … What on earth were you thinking? Last time we saw Merri, she was dumping the hot teacher from “90210″ — way to go, sister! The Gossip Guys join us in giving Merri a slap on the wrist. [MERRIme.com] Keep reading »

Should You Tell Your Significant Other How Many People You’ve Slept With?

A woman wrote to Rowan Pelling, the resident sex advice columnist for the Daily Mail, with a question I bet many of us have had at one point or another. She writes:

I’ve been with my boyfriend for six months, we’re both 34 and I am fairly sure he’s The One. The other night we ended up having a conversation about how many lovers we’d had. He told me he had slept with eight women and suddenly I felt nervous about confessing the truth – I had a lot of flings at university and in my first job at an ad agency, so my tally is closer to 40. But I found myself saying ten and even then he looked horrified. I hate being untruthful with him, but don’t want to be judged either. What should I do?

So, what do you think? Is honesty always the best policy? If the woman has been tested for STDs, etc. and shared the results with her boyfriend, is it even his business what her sex life was like before he started a relationship with her? Or should couples be completely honest with each other about their sexual histories?

Check out Pelling’s advice after the jump. Keep reading »

Before There Were Emails, There Were Letters (600 Of Them)

Here’s your daily dose of sweetness: a couple in England who fell in love as teenagers writing letters back and forth during WWII is celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this week. Geoff and Pat Bunyan, now 83 and 82, became friends in 1945 shortly before Geoff was deployed to fight in the war. Over the next several years (Geoff remained overseas after the war ended to “clean up the mess”), the two sent a whopping 600 letters to each other, numbering each one to keep track of them. Though the letters began with a friendly tone, as the two shared stories and opened up to each other, their correspondence took a more romantic turn. Soon, they were proclaiming their love to one another, looking forward to the day Geoff would return to England and they could be together. When Geoff finally returned home in 1948 — three years after he left! — he married Pat and the two of them bought a house together, which they still live in to this day. Keep reading »

Oui, Y’all: Why Accents Are So Attractive

As if dating shows couldn’t get any worse, there’s a new addition to the primetime lineup this summer called “Dating in the Dark.” Maybe you’ve heard about it. Three men and three women court each other in a pitch-black room to find out if love is, in fact, blind. While I’m not racing to the next casting call, I do think I’ve figured out what my secret weapon would be: an accent. Who, I wonder, has never melted like chocolate in a warm hand at the sound of an exotic voice? Give me a nice Scottish brogue and those lights would never have to come on. Keep reading »

How To Be A Successful Cougar, According To Vivica A. Fox

Vivica A. Fox, as Shanté Smith, schooled us on the ways of putting a man in line in “Two Can Play that Game,” a rom-com released in 2001. Now, the 45-year-old is offering real-world advice for the other cougars out there because she knows all too well what it’s like to date a younger man. Vivica credits her young spirit for attracting younger men. After the jump, what she told OK! about keeping them… Keep reading »

Six Ways To Make Every Fight A Fair One

Let’s face it—fighting is one of the most terrible parts of a relationship. Nobody likes arguing with someone she cares about. Conflict resolution, however, is one of the most important parts of a relationship, and unfortunately the two things often go hand in hand. Disagreements are normal, whether they’re with a romantic partner, a friend, a work acquaintance, or a family member. The key to keeping all your relationships happy and well adjusted isn’t having fewer fights, it’s treating those you do have as small, manageable battles, not an all-out war. Keep reading »

For The Week Of August 17-23, 2009

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

Taking an apathetic approach will do wonders for your state of mind. Not only will learning how to say “F*ck it!” be a powerful lesson in stress relief, it’ll also put out the right signals to Mr. Man about how to get you back into feeling the inspiration – and it will let him know time is up on having too much of a good thing without returning the favors.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

Pay attention to your hunches and don’t let your talent to make excuses get the better of you. Whether you are avoiding taking back control due to fear, laziness or just all-out confusion, sitting on the fence is the worst route to take. Push and shove immediately, as taking a side will knock everything into its proper place.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

Thankfully, you have your friends because this is the week you will need them on the speed dial — to get them to talk you off the ledge at any given moment. Your moods will be crashing in all sorts of directions and logic will seem hard to grasp. While you might fight reason initially, trust in the end it’ll be what saves you from a mound of humiliation.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

You of all people hate to follow rules, but if you don’t create some structure in your life to follow, then you will be leading yourself down a slippery slope. Best to have a plan set and ideals in mind. The more of a clue you give yourself now, the less likely you will be caught off-guard with crappy situations that shouldn’t plague you.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

This is one of those weeks when shocking revelations make themselves known, turning you on beyond words. Forget trying to talk yourself out of falling deeper into the emotions you wrestle with. What’s the point? It would be like realizing you have a winning lottery ticket and purposely not cashing it in.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

Hot monkey sex and all the libidinous fantasies you have brewing in your mind will come to a head this week as your secret desires can no longer be held back, darting you ahead into the wild unknown like a savage beast hungry from too long of a hibernation. Yes, this is when your raw instincts will come alive and lead you into territories never ventured before. Enjoy!

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

In the scheme of things, giving into your baby’s current demands isn’t so dismal. Besides, it’s time to throw him a bone, as he has always chivalrously given you the bigger end of the stick (and quite gently and effectively too). Plus, if you don’t start showing some gratitude then you’re just biding your time before there’s an expulsion from paradise.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

All your psycho theories get a run for their money this week as actions you set into motion start to sprout out their consequences, giving you a clue on how well you know a certain someone. Hopefully, this surprise will be a good one, as in a chemistry that ignites and a partner that knows how to correctly play back with you. Otherwise, know if it’s not happening now, it never will.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Good times are here and best to get to enjoy them while the getting is good. Yes, communications will run smoothly and saying how you feel will open doorways you never thought you’d get past. So ask those questions that plague you and set your mind straight. Know that whatever info is given is done with great trust, so embrace it all.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

Plans you have been going with will hit a bump by the end of the week. From there, expect to switch directions and sort out a new destination. Just don’t waste time mourning what you could have had, as it won’t do a thing to move you in the right path. With no time to waste, trust this really is a blessing in disguise.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Asserting your will doesn’t have to be a daunting thing, if you are correct. This week express yourself. If those you’re dealing with are sane, they’ll get your smart ideas and be willing to back you up. Arguing has no place in your life now and if you do have to push hard to prove your point, realize you just have to find other ears to pay attention.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

All the answers you need are staring you in the face. The obvious is in the details. If you look closer at your situation, instead of the dreamy bigger picture that keeps driving you forward in the wrong direction, you’ll find cracks in the foundation that need to be sealed or completely trashed. Either/or, this week is all about working, communicating and negotiating. Good luck.

The Real Reasons Men Break Up With Women

There are some pretty consistent reasons among men why they dump their girlfriends. Let’s look at what some women do to end up being single again. Of course, this doesn’t fit every instance of a breakup, and this doesn’t apply to every woman, but a lot of guys tend to come up with the same reasons. After all, it can’t ALWAYS be something that the guys did….could it? Read more

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