college students across the United States are looking at the calendar and getting ready for a booze-fueled spring break, some students are planning a different kind of vacation bash: their weddings.
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It's not uncommon for teens attending small religious schools to forgo the typical drinking-and-partying college experience and instead focus on finding their soul mates. At Walla Walla University in Washington state, the idea of "dating to marry" is so much the norm that students have dubbed the school "Western Wedding University."
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"A lot of people come here and they try to get married," Alyssa Seibold, a junior, told the Whitman Pioneer. "Because of the community that we are in, I feel like people can find someone they are compatible with because we all come from similar backgrounds."
It's a nickname that the school embraces, too, thanks to its devout Seventh Day Adventist roots.
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Love + Sex – Thu, Feb 28, 2013 9:36 AM EST
college students across the United States are looking at the calendar and getting ready for a booze-fueled spring break, some students are planning a different kind of vacation bash: their weddings.While many Read More »from 'Western Wedding University': Where Students Go to Marry. Are 'Mrs' Degrees Alive and Well?
A Finnish study found that having many boys shaves months off a mom's life. (Photo: Getty Images)Parents often quip that their kids—especially their rambunctious little boys—are "going to be the death of me," and new research shows that they may be right: Having sons can shave an average of eight and a half months off of a mom's life.Read More »from Study: Having Boys Can Take Months Off Your Life
(The affect on dads? None, apparently.)
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The study, by evolutionary ecologist Dr. Samuli Helle of the University of Turku in Finland and Dr. Virpi Lummaa of the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom, was published this week in the journal Biology Letters. He and his team looked at the post-childbirth survival rates of 11,166 mothers and 6,360 fathers in pre-industrial Finland, using records kept by the Lutheran Church there.
"Irrespective of access to resources, mothers, but not fathers, with many sons suffered from reduced post-reproductive survival," they wrote in the study.
The subjects were born in eight different parts of Finland during the 17th to 20th
She got pregnant.
In an essay for college newspaper The Daily Iowan, where she works as a photographer, Mitchell described her experiences as "A spontaneous moment leading to an unplanned life change. Not a mistake. Definitely a surprise." Her photo-essay and videos have had a powerful impact around the world. (You can see her entire slideshow here.)
According to the essay, she found out she was pregnant on March 25, 2012. She and her boyfriend decided to have the child and begin a new chapter in their life together.
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Secrets to Your Success – Tue, Feb 26, 2013 2:56 PM EST
Although women are shattering glass ceilings faster than ever before, they're still woefully underrepresented at the highest levels of the corporate world.
"Women are held back by many things. We're held back by bias, by lack of flexibility, by lack of opportunity," Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg says in the new trailer for her book, "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead" (March 2013). "We also hold ourselves back. We don't sit at the table, we don't raise our hands, we don't let our voices be loud enough."
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It's time for women to take charge of themselves, so that they can take charge of their lives. In "Lean In", Sandberg issues a call to action for women, using anecdotes from her own life story and plenty of hard data and recent research to urge them to change the dialogue from what women can't do to what they can. In the book, Sandberg encourages women to "sit at the Read More »from Sheryl Sandberg on Women, Work, and the Need to 'Lean In'
The food industry is awash in calorie-controlled packs of cookies, chips, and other snacks, but what does a 200-calorie portion of food really look like? The folks at WiseGeek.com decided to find out, measuring plates of veggies against slices of smoked turkey and bowls full of ketchup. News to us: a 10.25-inch wide plate full of broccoli -- about 1.3 pounds of the green stuff -- has the same number of calories as three hard-boiled eggs, eight Hershey's kisses, or 17 gummy bears. Take a look at how some other typical foods stack up. -- By Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living – Fri, Feb 15, 2013 5:09 PM EST
(Photo: Getty Images)The articles on Shine only tell part of the story; the rest can usually be found in the comments, where Shine readers weigh in with clever quips, stinging sarcasm, and smart discussions. Here are five of our favorite comments from readers this week.Read More »from Comments of the Week: School Rules, Huge Burgers, and Free Speech
The one that wins for sarcasm
Bob weighed in on the controversy over a Utah teen who got kicked out of class for dyeing her hair auburn. "Dye your hair? That's debauchery among our youth! Why can't she be a normal pregnant lesbian, with a handgun in her purse, like the other girls in school?"
The one that nailed it
Greenman clears up the confusion around Indiana's anti-gay prom plan: "Hooray! Let's talk about Free Speech again. Here is comes... Ready? Free Speech means you can tell the President to go F himself and they can't arrest you. That's Free Speech. But if you tell your boss to go F himself, he can totally fire your butt."
The one your mom didn't want you to see
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living – Fri, Feb 15, 2013 3:11 PM EST
Heart healthy? Maybe, but it also increases your risk of cancer, a new study shows. (Photo: Getty Images)New research shows that even a single alcoholic drink per day can increase your risk of developing certain types of cancer, including breast cancer in women.Read More »from Even Moderate Drinking Linked to Increased Cancer Risk
Though people have long believed that a glass or two of wine can be good for your heart, the new study, conducted in conjunction with researchers in the U.S., Canada, and France, shows that the cancer risks far outweigh any heart-healthy benefits.
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"Alcohol has long been known and recognized as a human carcinogen, so even some alcohol consumption raises your risks," Dr. Timothy Naimi, an alcohol researcher at Boston University's School of Public Health and a physician at the Boston University Medical Center who helped design and direct the study, told Yahoo! Shine in an interview. "On the balance of all people who begin drinking, many more people are killed by alcohol than helped by it."
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Love + Sex – Thu, Feb 14, 2013 4:26 PM EST
This photo is a fake: That's Rep. Earnest Smith's head, but it's definitely not his body. (Photo: Andre Walker/Georgia Politics Unfiltered)Inspired by the plight of a teenage girl who was being cyber bullied last year, Georgia state representative Earnest Smith proposed legislation that would make it make it illegal to digitally add an "unknowing person" to a photograph showing nudity or sexual conduct. People who do so would be charged with "offense against public order" including defamation, and would have to pay a $1,000 fine.
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His proposal, House Bill 39 (cosponsored by fellow Democratic Representative Pam Dickerson), was challenged almost immediately by Georgia blogger Andre Walker, who pasted a digital photo of Smith's head onto the body of a male porn star and then published the image on his blog.
"I did exactly what Rep. Smith wants to make illegal," Walker wrote at Georgia Politics Unfiltered.
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Tulle? What's tulle? (Photo: Getty Images?)While some women seem to be born speaking "bride" (hello, single women who plan their weddings before getting engaged!), other women (like me) ended up sort-of learning the lingo as the big day approached. So we understand that, for many grooms-to-be -- and for some brides as well! -- certain wedding-related words don't make much sense at all. We did a little research, put out a call on social media, and asked around a bit to find out which words cause the most confusion. Here's what we discovered.Read More »from What Guys Hear when You Speak 'Bride'
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You say: Tulle.
They hear: Tool. Possibly the knife used to cut the wedding cake.
Explain it: A light, mesh-like fabric used for anything from decorating to dresses.
You say: Fondant.
They hear: Fondue.
Explain it: A thick icing that can be molded and sculpted. Not made out of cheese.
You say: Blusher.
They hear: Makeup. Or something you do when you're embarrassed. Are you mad?
Explain it: A short veil that usually covers just the face.
You say: FAB