What's in a name? And why is Bob crying?The big trend right now is to name newborns after a werewolf or a vampire, as in "Twilight." While Edward and Jacob aren't that out there, we can only imagine that a future Renesmee might wish for a baby-naming do-over. (Baby-naming remorse is a trend right now, too, according to one recent poll.)
But does your name really define who you are? Would you be any different if you had grown up being called something else?
Before I was born, my dad wanted to name me "Giselle." It's perfectly lovely -- his inspiration was a romantic ballet with the same name -- but can you imagine the nicknames I might have faced in high school in New Jersey in the 1980s? Exactly.
Shine Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Romolini was almost named Prudence. Senior editor and writer Piper Weiss would have been Dustin if she had been a boy. Our parenting editor, Jessica Ashley, was almost Kristen. Love and sex editor Sarah Beston was supposed to be Lyndsey. Pets editor Sarah D. Bunting says that her mother vetoed the
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What's in a name? And why is Bob crying?The big trend right now is to name newborns after a werewolf or a vampire, as in "Twilight." While Edward and Jacob aren't that out there, we can only imagine that a future Renesmee might wish for a baby-naming do-over. (Baby-naming remorse is a trend right now, too, according to one recent poll.)Read More »from What Were You Almost Named?
How bad does a book have to be to win the Worst Sex in Fiction award? Pretty bad.Sex in the shower can be a bit awkward. But when your paramour is also your parent, as in David Guterson's "Ed King," a modern-day adaptation of "Oedipus"? Awkward, cringe-inducing, and just plain terrible to read. That's what makes it the winner of the 2011 Bad Sex in Fiction Award.Read More »from The Most Cringe-Worthy Sex Writing Out There
"Oedipus practically invented bad sex, so I'm not in the least bit surprised," Guterson said when he found out that he had won the 19th annual Bad Sex in Fiction Award, the dubious honor given out by a British literary magazine this week.
According to "Literary Review," the passage that won the judges hearts (and, possibly, required brain bleach) was this one:
... These sorts of gyrations and five-sense choreographies, with variations on Ed's main themes, played out episodically between 10 p.m. and 10 a.m., when Diane said, "Let's shower."
In the shower, Ed stood with his hands at the back of his head, like someone just arrested, while she abused him with a bar of soap. After a while he shut his
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Power Your Future – Wed, Dec 7, 2011 5:39 PM EST
The red areas are where people look the most. (Photo from Mashable.com)When people look at your Facebook profile, you'd think they'd be most interested in what you're doing and thinking -- the things you post in your status updates, the articles you link to, the pictures you post on your wall. But according to researchers, the thing on which their eyes really linger is your profile picture.Read More »from Eye-Tracking Study Shows What People Really Look at on Your Facebook Profile
According to a study that EyeTrackShop conducted for Mashable, your old friends, new network contacts, your coworkers, and even potential employers spend the most time staring at your profile picture on Facebook. They take a look at the people you're friends with -- or their thumbnail photos, at any rate.
The study, which involve just 30 people (which means it's by no means definitive), used participants' webcams to track their eye movements every 10 seconds as they looked at profile pages on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube, Tumblr, Twitter, Flickr, Pinterest, and other social media sites.
On Klout, Facebook, and StumbleUpon, the profile photo took priority.
Some people are so hard to buy presents for! And in this economy, breaking the bank in order to impress is pretty much out of the question. The Editors at Shine have weighed in with their favorite picks for $50 or less, and we've got everybody covered: teenagers, coworkers, foodies, guys, BFFs, pet lovers, and more. Take a look, and let us know what gifts you'd add to the list!
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Power Your Future – Tue, Dec 6, 2011 5:01 PM EST
What perks to working parents really want?Working Mother and other magazines routinely release their lists of the best places for women to work. But with our search for work-life balance becoming a full-time job in and of itself, things that used to be considered perks -- flex time, telecommuting, gym memberships, and lactation rooms, for example -- are more like perquisites for many working parents. So what makes some companies so much better for working moms than others? We took a look at Working Mother's latest 100 Best Companies list, and here's what made some winners really stand out.Read More »from 8 Perks that Make Companies Perfect for Working Parents
Full benefits for part-time work
New York-based PwC allows moms who work just 20 hours per week to still earn full benefits and stay on the track to better positions, and Bank of America also offers health insurance to those who put in just 20 hours per week, and employees are allowed to take two paid hours off per week in order to do charity and volunteer work. At law firm Arnold & Porter, full benefits are available to employees who log
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Moments Of Motherhood – Tue, Dec 6, 2011 3:42 PM EST
When your toddler is melting down, it's easy to chalk the tantrum up to anger or frustration (and to get angry and frustrated yourself). But a new study that analyzed the sounds that tots make when their pitching a fit shows that there may be more to a tantrum than just a lot of screaming -- and may offer parents a way to cope.
In the study, which was published in the journal "Emotion," scientists recorded the sounds toddlers make during tantrums and discovered that not only does each type of sound (screaming, yelling, crying, whining, and fussing) have its own "distinct acoustic features," there's a definite pattern to the vocalizations as well.
"Screaming and yelling and kicking often go together," study co-author Michael Potegal, an associate professor of pediatric clinical neuroscience at the University of Minnesota, told NPR. "Throwing things and pulling and pushing things tend to go together. Combinations of crying, whining, falling to the floor and seeking comfort --Read More »from Temper Tantrums: What Your Toddler is Trying to Tell You (and How You Can Help)
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Mon, Dec 5, 2011 2:35 PM EST
Office holiday parties can be fantastic opportunities for team building, networking -- and ego-crushing embarrassment. Fill a conference room with a bunch of already overworked employees, add an open bar, a few trays of messy hors d'oeuvres, and an inappropriate office romance and suddenly the potential for a career-crushing disaster is high.
There's the colleague who has just a bit too much to drink and suddenly feels a need to confide in, well, everyone. The newbie who shows up wearing a dress that leaves little to the imagination. The grumpy significant other. The creeper. The over-enthusiastic employee who is so focused on the party that she forgets it's at the office. And then there's the co-worker who dances like Elaine did on "Seinfeld":
What's your holiday-party horror story? (Don't want to get yourself in trouble? Tells us the worst incident you've heard about instead.)
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Mon, Dec 5, 2011 10:13 AM EST
For many of us, our smartphones are our lifelines. They are our address books and our email in-boxes, our cameras and our music playlists. We use them for work and for intensely personal business, so it's more than a little creepy to know that software pre-installed on our phone could be keeping track of -- and sharing information about -- our every move.
The Carrier IQ controversy started when security researchers discovered that, on some phones, it was acting as much more than the diagnostic tool it was supposed to be. Android developer Trevor Eckhart added fuel to the fire when he wrote a blog post detailing the kinds of things the software was keeping track of -- things like your incoming and outgoing text messages, the websites you visit when you use your smart phone's browser, and even the phone numbers you dial. In a YouTube video this week, he used his own HTC EVO 3D Android phone as a guinea pig, letting viewers watch in real-time as he rooted around under the Read More »from Carrier IQ: Is Your Smart Phone Tracking Everything You Do?
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Thu, Dec 1, 2011 5:32 PM EST
The Delaware County boy has lived with HIV for his entire life. He controls the virus by taking five pills per day, plus vitamins, and sees his doctor about three times a year. Having HIV hasn't stopped him from playing sports or keeping his top spot on the honor roll, but the Milton Hershey School says point-blank that it won't admit the well-qualified boy because of his HIV-positive status. The boy, who is identified by the pseudonym Abraham Smith, is suing the school for discrimination.
On Thursday -- which was, ironically, the 23rd annual World AIDS Day, dedicated to spreading awareness about HIV and AIDS -- the school filed a request asking federal courts to approve their decision to deny admission to the boy.
"The decision to deny enrollment was a challenging one for us to make,"Read More »from School rejects 13-year-old student because he's HIV positive
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Love + Sex – Thu, Dec 1, 2011 4:05 PM EST
Stella "Suzie" Harville and her fiance, Ticha Chikuni. (Photo: AP)In order to "promote greater unity," a Kentucky church has voted to officially ban interracial marriages and prevent mixed-race couples from becoming members after the daughter of a member brought her fiance, who is black, to sing during services.
Stella "Suzie" Harville, a 24-year-old college student in Indiana, told WYMT-TV that she often attends the Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church in Pike County when she's visiting her parents at home. She grew up in that church and was baptized there but is not a member herself, her father Dean Harville told the Kentucky Herald-Leader. In June, she played the piano while her finance, 29-year-old Ticha Chikuni, a native of Zimbabwe who works at Georgetown College, sang the hymn "I Surrender All."
If she thought her hometown congregation would welcome her fiance with open arms, she was in for a shock: The chuch's pastor, Melvin Thompson, told them that they couldn't sing at the church again. And last weekend the congregation passed aRead More »from Kentucky church bans interracial couples from becoming members. What year is this again?