Don't let a bear do your bidding, guys. (Photo by Think Stock)
Memo to men: Valentine's Day is on February 14. In years past, Yahoo.com has noticed a spike in men searching for an answer to the question: "When is Valentine's Day?" as the day fast approaches. Of all the holidays on the yearly calendar, the one designated for romance never fails to trip guys up. Blame mixed messages: While retailers consider the holiday worthy of diamonds, many women take the stance that it's no big deal.
Don't fall for any of it. Valentines Day is when a guy's affection, compatibility, and commitment are put to the test. Forgetting the day is just the first mistake to avoid. There are six other common mistakes men make on February 14. Here's a cheat sheet.
Mistake #1: Getting words of wisdom from your local drug store.
There's a time and a place for Hallmark poetry and it's never on Valentine's Day. No matter how cursive, heartfelt, and close-to-home the text, you still didn't write it.
Why it's bad: Women want to feel special. Giving a card that's designed to
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If you've ever had a mind-blowing dream about an ex, you may have interpreted it in the following ways: 1) Maybe he's changed. 2) Maybe he's dreaming of me too. 3) Maybe he's my soulmate. 4) Maybe the universe is telling me to call him.Read More »from Your ex-sex dreams, interpreted
But there's a fifth option: maybe you're ovulating. According to an article in Psychology Today, your unconscious mind can't help fantasizing about the wrong guys when you're at your most fertile. "[A team of psychologists] studied women who were not on birth control and followed their monthly pattern of sexual desire for someone other than their mate," explains University of Notre Dame psychology professor Anita Kelly.
"These researchers found that the women who were in longer relationships had an increase in desire for someone other than their mate as they approached ovulation."
Not only does Kelly's article suggest we shouldn't call our exes after a hot dream (wait, really? Like for sure, for sure?) it also suggests our brains are pre-programmed
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Thu, Jan 27, 2011 10:12 PM EST
A scene from Pariah, one of several films about the struggles of gay teen screening at Sundance this year.Read More »from Gay teens no longer movie sidekicks, but stars
Last year's Sundance hits garnered 14 Oscar nominations this week. Beyond all the swag and photo ops, Utah's week-long film festival is a flawless trend forecaster, and what's trending in Park City this week is a topic that's been largely ignored in Hollywood until now.
"There seems to be a lot of films about gay teens in competition this year," says Jordan Katnik, a co-founder of It Gets Better, the innovative YouTube campaign to promote tolerance for gay teens. Katnik arrived earlier in the week to pass out stickers and host walk-in testimonials for celebrities and non-stars at the festival. His organization's presence is perfectly timed: After years of being depicted as teen movie sidekicks, this week's festival features a host of young, gay heros and heroines.
"Pariah" follows a teenage girl grappling with coming out to her church-going parents. Kevin Smith's "Red State" depicts a group of teens rebelling against a psycho religious extremist group. "Kaboom," by cult director
Likely maid of honor, Pippa Middleton (with sister Kate) has her work cut out for her. (photo via Papermag.com)Read More »from Pippa Middleton: The bridesmaid of the century?
As stressful as it is to be a bride, it's often worse for the maid of honor. With a host of managerial duties, bridezilla-soothing expectations, and a thankless outfit to match, head bridesmaid can be less an honor than a duty.
For Pippa Middleton, who's expected to be named her big sister Kate's maid of honor for the royal wedding of the century, her duties are unrivaled. In the months leading up to the April 29 ceremony, she'll likely have to organize bachelorette and shower parties that won't insult the queen. But the biggest responsibility of "chief bridesmaid" is making sure the royal bridal gown is perfectly displayed on Kate's big day. While there's no word yet on what the gown will look like, if Lady Di's 25 foot train is any indication, it'll take an engineer to maneuver.
And while she's keeping her sister looking impeccable, she'll likely suffer the pains of every woman forced to wear a bridesmaid dress. Except for Pippa, the world is watching. Tradition dictates the head
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Wed, Jan 26, 2011 8:31 PM EST
Do Kate Middleton and Prince William know about Evites? It will change their lives. (Getty Images)If you didn't get your Save the Date to Kate and Wills' royal wedding, it may be because you're one of the millions of people who don't own a fax machine. The future king and queen of England requested the presence of major sovereignty to their April 29 wedding via smudged print, shiny paper and the dinky phone connection noises most of us haven't heard since 1999. While more formal gold embossed invitations will go out to all their 1,800 guests next month, the early note was part of European protocol: major leaders get the memo first.Read More »from Kate and Wills fax their save-the-date cards. Really, we're still faxing?
While world leaders are likely to have fax machines in their offices, they're also likely to be dusty. Ever since the advent of scanners, email, and iPads, fax machines have gone the way of 8-tracks. They're slow, unreliable, and hard to find if you don't live within blocks of a Kinkos. Still, several professional interactions still require a fax number. Can't we all just agree to retire this mode of communication? Forget privacy: if you do manage to
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Every year a little ski town in Park City, Utah, turns into a week-long camp for Hollywood types. Originally, it was created to showcase independent filmmakers who wouldn't otherwise have access to distributors, but these days it's a whole other beast. Movies have taken a back seat to celebrity DJs, events sponsored by hummus chips, and exclusive guest lists that nobody is really on.
Before this year, I had seen photos of Paris Hilton in Ugg boots, the "T-Mobile sponsored party pictures" in Us Weekly, and the olive branches stamped on movie posters for "Precious" and this year's Oscar nominated "Winter's Bone." But this year, I got to see what really goes on at the festival first hand. I arrived in Utah prepared to see oddities (like Paris Hilton in Ugg boots), but what I discovered was stranger than that. Here's a sampling:
1. Grown men and women act like sherpas for teenagers.
Stepping off the plane in Salt Lake, the first indication of the hierarchy of Sundance was at baggage
The young actors in MTV's MTV's new series "Skins"-the hyper-sexualized, fast-lane teen series-is supposed to make parents squirm. But not this much. Today The New York Times reports network executives are concerned upcoming episodes could violate federal child pornography laws. Record scratch.
Could a youth-oriented network be sexually exploiting kids? The original series, imported from England, was hailed for its unflinching look at modern teenage issues like drug addiction and sexual experimentation. But the racy content doesn't translate as easily to the U.S., especially when it's being portrayed by underage actors. One upcoming episode under fire reportedly features a character's backside during a plot line that focuses on his temporary erectile problem. The character is played by a 17 year old.
The plot line and nudity are in conflict with the Federal Child Pornography Prevention Act. Filmmakers are very familiar with federal statutes that went into effect in 1996, but television executives less so.Read More »from 10 morally questionable moments in entertainment
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Thu, Jan 20, 2011 8:29 PM EST
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Today, the Surgeon General released new guidelines for making breastfeeding easier. Dr. Regina Benjamin's "Call to Action" urges employers, healthcare workers and community officials to help make nursing easier. "Many barriers exist for mothers who want to breastfeed," states Dr. Benjamin, the third woman ever appointed to Surgeon General. "They shouldn't have to go it alone." It's heartening news for the millions of working women who can't feed their babies on the job, due to lack of privacy and daycare options. The new guidelines urge employers to equip their offices with private breastfeeding rooms, separate from the bathroom. Employees should also be ensured enough break-time for feeding without being penalized. Paid maternity leave and lactation support programs are also recommended. As an incentive, Benjamin suggests the measures will reduce company healthcare costs, turnover rates and absenteeism. But the biggest benefit is for babies, who have a lower risk of infection with
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Fashion – Thu, Jan 20, 2011 5:03 AM EST
[Photos: More of Michelle Obama's stunning red gown]
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