Anyone have advice on love? Anyone besides the guy in the furry hat and goggles?There's questionable dating advice and then there's unquestionably bad dating advice. This Valentine's day we've hand selected some of the worst, off-color, and unintentionally amusing feedback from self-proclaimed experts in the art of romance. In an over-saturated market of relationship how-to's, it's almost easier to isolate the worst advice and avoid it at all costs. We can't promise it will lead to love, but at least you'll be able to live with yourself.
Bad Advice #1: Speak inaudibly
Men love it when they can barely hear a woman's voice, even when she's speaking directly to them. This useless nugget from the recently published "The Geisha Secret: Ancient Dating Rituals Proven to Win a Modern Man's Heart." Author Hanako extols the virtues of being a woman of few words and much face paint. "Don't speak too loudly. Kyoto Geishas speak a special dialect that is much softer than the modern Japanese language because it is more attractive. A loud, harsh voice is unfeminine." Know what
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- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Mon, Feb 13, 2012 3:29 PM EST
Anyone have advice on love? Anyone besides the guy in the furry hat and goggles?There's questionable dating advice and then there's unquestionably bad dating advice. This Valentine's day we've hand selected some of the worst, off-color, and unintentionally amusing feedback from self-proclaimed experts in the art of romance. In an over-saturated market of relationship how-to's, it's almost easier to isolate the worst advice and avoid it at all costs. We can't promise it will lead to love, but at least you'll be able to live with yourself.Read More »from World's Worst Dating Advice: 8 Terrible Tips from Love Experts
Just a day after the passing of one of music's legends, it's business as usual. While Whitney Houston's tragic death on Saturday cast a pall over the Grammy show, the red carpet remained largely unaffected. Religious figures as accessories, sparkling gold and silver couture gowns and a bunch of Beach Boys in Hawaiian shirts. Halloween, the Grammys: is there really a difference?
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Picture yourself on Barbie's waistline.Meet the newest version of Barbie. Still blonde, unreasonably proportioned, but now much more photogenic.Read More »from New Digital Barbie Wears Your Face on Her Stomach
On Friday, Mattel introduced Barbie Photo Fashion Doll, a digital camera disguised as a doll. Well, not completely disguised. Her shirt actually serves as the display screen for snapshots and pre-loaded graphics. A detachable USB cord, which plugs into an as-yet-undisclosed place on Barbie's body, allows you to transfer files to and from the doll's midsection.
It's hard to believe you can fit anything in that stomach, no less a digital picture frame, but nanotechnology is just another part of being a kid these days.
Digital camera Barbie is part of a pack of tech toys the company's rolling out this year. Through software they've branded as "Apptivity", Hot Wheels cars and other non-techy toys can be rolled across the screen of a tablet and integrated into online games.
"Today's children do not differentiate between toy and device as technology is expected in their favorite
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Fri, Feb 10, 2012 4:11 PM EST
Do you have any idea what that Valentine's Day card has been through? (Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)If you think it's hard to find the right words to say to your Valentine, imagine how greeting card writers feel. Those men and women who've spent months toiling over the perfect sentiment for millions of strangers are the unsung heroes of February 14. From '94 through '99, David Ellis Dickerson was among them. During his five-year tenure at Hallmark, he told your wife how much he loves to kiss her forehead, and reminded your single friend she's doesn't need a man. Dickerson, now an author and contributor to NPR's This American Life, talked to Shine about the business of writing love notes. Make no mistake, it's all business.Read More »from Who Really Writes Your Valentine's Cards? Ex Hallmark Writer Shares Greeting Card Secrets
Shine: Lets start with a loaded question. Do men and women shop for Valentine's cards differently?
David Dickerson: The difference in shopping behavior is huge. Women will go to stores to browse and relax. Men, for the most part, want to get in and get out. So guys gravitate to the most obvious cards: the biggest, showiest, most expensive looking one on the rack.
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Thu, Feb 9, 2012 4:55 PM EST
What looks better: the ring or the cupcake?As Valentine's Day approaches, so inevitably do marriage proposals. With around 10 percent of engagements planned for February 14th, food purveyors have started offering package deals to make the whole process easier. Of course, having your own pre-wedding planner comes at a price.Read More »from $55,000 Engagement Ring Cupcake? Edible Marriage Proposals Made to Order
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Pizza Hut, the delivery chain that caters to both kids birthdays and college after-parties, will do it for $10,010 . The pie chain just announced plans to provide limo service, a ruby engagement ring, flowers, fireworks, a personal videographer, along with breadsticks and a medium cheese pizza for the first ten people who place the order. This is not a joke .
It remains to be seen how many people will spring for the delivery deal but expect to see at least one pop up on YouTube to the delight of the Pizza Hut marketing team. Note: It only comes with one free topping so choose wisely.
It's not exactly a deal, but it's a lot cheaper than the going rate at another eatery.
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Thu, Feb 9, 2012 1:53 PM EST
Fairy tales don't always come true, even for fairy tale princesses. French photographer Thomas Czarnecki provides a crash course in growing up, with a series of haunting portraits he's titled, "From Enchantment to Down." Warning: it's not for kids.
In Czarnecki's world love doesn't conquer all, the grim reaper does. Alice meets her maker in an abandoned basement. Ariel follows the path of many a beached whale. And Snow White's poison apple finishes the job.
Models dressed in vamped-up Disney versions of famous heroines pose lifelessly, their faces obscured. While their death scenes are chilling, more haunting is the suggestion of a wicked witch who finally won.
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- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Wed, Feb 8, 2012 6:03 PM EST
The latest childhood-moment-turned-viral-video isn't exactly heartwarming. A controversial video a father shot of his four-year-old son running through the snow, wearing nothing but his underwear and a pair of shoes, has sparked cries of abuse.
On a visit to the States, He Liesheng of Nanjing, China, filmed his young son whimpering and shuddering during an icy run through the streets of New York City. The video, posted anonymously after dad, He, emailed it to friends, is at the center of a debate: Is this child abuse or just extreme parenting?
Read more about parenting across culturesRead More »from Video of Child Without Clothes in Snow Sparks Outrage
But a source close to the family says the demands the father made on his son were borne out of love. "This child has received all sorts of forms of training since he was small," He's personal assistant Xin Lijuan, said in an interview with AFP. "When he was one, he started swimming in water that was 21 degrees Celsius." Born with several health problems, the boy's parents have used these extreme
Rihanna and Chris Brown together at an awards show in 2007. (Michael Caulfield/WireImage for BET Network)Read More »from Chris Brown Grammy controversy
Four years ago, just before their planned performance at the Grammy's, Chris Brown severely and brutally beat his then-girlfrined Rihanna. Both singers were no shows back in 2009, with Rihanna in recovery and Brown in police custody.
On Sunday, Brown will get a second chance to perform on the Grammy stage.
A year shy of completing his probation, Brown has been nominated for three of the industry's highest honors, including best R&B album.
Performing live is like an additional prize, awarded to the most buzzed-about artists nominated. Rihanna will also perform live on the Grammy stage, though not alongside her ex.
In recent years Brown has skipped the pivotal awards show, in part because of a restraining order preventing him from coming within a certain distance from his ex. Last year the order was lessened and he's now entitled to be in the same massive awards hall as Rihanna. But just because he's legally entitled to make an appearance, does that mean he should?
You'd think the
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Tue, Feb 7, 2012 4:44 PM EST
(ThinkStock Photos)Can any amount of money compensate for losing your family? $900 trillion is a start, for one outraged mom. Fausat Ogunbayo is suing the City of New York for an almost incalculable amount, after children's services removed her sons from her home in 2008.Read More »from Mother Files $900 Trillion Lawsuit Against NYC After Losing Custody of Sons
Both boys, now 16 and 13, were placed in foster care after their mom was deemed mentally unstable and refused treatment, reports the Staten Island Advance. The city's Administration for Children's Services claimed the 46-year-old suffered from hallucinations and delusions and left the boys alone frequently.
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Ogunbayo denies those allegations, and claims her family has suffered "over three years of terror, horror, grievous harm, time lost, substantial economic hardship and injuries" due to the separation.
Taken from their mom at just 12 and 10 years old, the boys have been living in another borough for the past three years. During that time their mother has
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Tue, Feb 7, 2012 1:50 PM EST
Wow. Something awful must have happened for her to make this face.Read More »from Bachelor Recap: Week 6 is when a Respectful Fight Breaks Out
The episode starts out with lots of teasers for this moment when Casey S. is sent home in a car that doesn't even look like a limo, while not wearing a cocktail dress. Obviously there's some very serious emergency, a tragedy even, because nobody cries like that over not getting a rose. But first....
Here's where we are in Christopher Columbus terms.
DATE 1: Kacie B
So you guys are coming back in, what, an hour?
Nobody is using the set of "Survivor: Panama" right now, so it's totally free for Ben to test the strength of his relationship with Kacie B. They're left by a helicopter on a private beach paradise without local servants or even a buffet cart. Today they'll "face their fears" and "work together as a team" to open coconuts because "if they can get through this together, they can do anything." Ben brings a machete to their date because he's overreacting about this whole island thing and because nobody ever told him not to bring a machete on a date. Luckily, Kacie B. is distracted by Ben's sexy determination to get coconut water from what might be a dinosaur egg.
Hot coconut face.