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  • The Long History of Pink and Manhood

    By: John Jannuzzi

    Paola KudackiPaola KudackiIt's a funny thing, the first time you wear a pink shirt. You feel daring, unique, and maybe a little feminine. And yes, there's the oldish adage, "it takes a man to wear pink," but you might be surprised that its association with the fairer sex is a fairly new construct. In fact, pink has a long history as a man's color. This whole boys in blue, girls in pink thing is just a farce, a dirty lie!

    An exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston called "Think Pink" delves a little deeper into when things changed. Centuries ago, men wore pink to express their masculinity as it was a derivative of red, the color of fire, strength and passion. The courtiers of King Louis XVI walked around in pink coats embroidered with flowers, something you might envision your grandmother loving. You might wonder where all the blue was, but back then, it was actually seen as far more dainty and delicate than pink, according to the exhibit curator, Michelle Finamore. It wasn't

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  • To Burn Fat Fast, Sprint, Recover, and Repeat

    Wanna know why your gut still jiggles despite hours of exercise? It's all that tedious, molasses-pace jogging. If you want to go shirtless by Memorial Day and cut your workout time in half, say good-bye to five-mile runs and hello to high-intensity interval training.

    By: Eric Sullivan

    HIIT workouts burn major fatHIIT workouts burn major fat

    You know what's the best part of spending a solid hour trotting on the treadmill? Nothing. Not only does that kind of slow-and-steady cardio take forever each time out, but like an expense report, it pays off slowly and doesn't really get you ahead. You want to be a toned and fit beach god? Come join the cult of high-intensity interval training.

    The concept behind HIIT is simple: Exercise as hard as you can for a few minutes, recover just long enough to stop sucking wind, and repeat. This spikes your metabolism and builds muscle quickly. And unlike those leisurely treadmill sessions, it burns calories both during a workout and (here's the beautiful part) for up to 24 hours afterward. The regimen

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  • A Ranking of the "Healthiest" Taco Bell Breakfast Items

    By: Dennis Tang

    After much hype and fanfare from pothead morning birds and people with GI tracts of iron, the Taco Bell breakfast menu has finally arrived. But what if you're the type who drinks a full glass of water before every meal, subs mustard for mayo in every sandwich, and smugly tells everybody all about it? Well, you're in luck! Here are the most waist-friendly items on the new menu, in order:

    1. Coffee (10 calories)
    Though it depends on what you put in it, whether you think caffeine has long-term negative effects, and how you should feel about the state of your life when you're getting your morning coffee at Taco Bell.

    2. Tropicana Orange Juice (140 calories)
    Seriously, who are we kidding, orange juice isn't healthy. Hell, it's not barely even made of oranges.

    3. Hash Brown (160 calories)
    The third-healthiest item on the menu is a brick of shredded fried potatoes. It's like if the bronze medalist in high dive was Louie Anderson.

    4. A.M. Grilled

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  • Science Proves Women Handle Stress Better Than Men

    By: Luke Zaleski

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    This week scientists in Austria found (in the words of our friends at NYMag.com) that "Stress Make Women Nicer and Men Meaner." Yep. Neuroscience researchers placed men and women through a series of stressful situations like public speaking and mental arithmetic and measured their ability to recognize other people's emotions and understand their perspectives . And in each of the drills the male participants performed poorly while their female counterparts aced them.

    The takeaway? In rough situations men become more egocentric, self-focused, and unable to empathize. While women experience the exact opposite, becoming more "prosocial" and clued in to what others around them are feeling.

    So why are men such a**holes?

    The scientific working answer to that question has to do with our wiring and the balance between two hormones: testosterone and oxytocin. Men tend to have more of the former and release less of the latter in those stressful moments we encounter

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  • Shailene Woodley Makes Her Own Hippie Toothpaste, and She Gave Us the Recipe

    By: Lauren Bans

    GettyGettySure, you might say: But why would I make toothpaste when I can buy it at the store?

    The answer: because The Descendants star/SIY forest nymph Shailene Woodley does it, and she was kind enough to share her recipe, which is based on one she found on the hippy-dippy site ThreeLilyFarm.com. Also note: The 22-year-old mixes up her own batches of paste (and deodorant and face masks) on top of her day job, which this year includes starring in the movie versions of two YA best-sellers, Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars. And what did you accomplish today?

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    Ingredients
    3 Tbsp. bentonite clay (make SURE it comes from a safe, clean source)
    1 or 2 pinches of sea salt or Himalayan salt
    15 to 30 drops of essential oils (depending on what strength you want)
    1 Tbsp. mint leaves, dried and pulverized (in a coffee grinder)
    1 Tbsp. baking soda (optional, for some extra whitening power)
    Spring water*

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  • By: Dennis Tang

    GettyGettyEven though the absolutely worst thing for love is math, the fine folks of MSN have just released the results from a survey of 2,000 men and women about what makes relationships last as long as they do (or don't). They then condensed all that data into one very long equation, giving us a bona-fide multivariable formula of love. But how does it stand up to analytical scrutiny? We dusted off our ninth-grade textbooks and got to work.

    The equation is:

    L = 8 + .5Y - .2P + .9Hm + .3Mf + J - .3G - .5(Sm - Sf)2 + I + 1.5C

    Where:

    • L = the predicted length in years of the relationship
    • Y = the number of years the two people knew each other before the relationship became serious
    • P = the number of previous partners of both people added together
    • Hm = the importance the male partner attaches to honesty in the relationship
    • Mf = the importance the female attaches to money in the relationship
    • J = the importance both attach to humor (added

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  • The 10 Habits of Skinny People

    By: JEFF VRABEL



    So you want to keep an eye on the old waistline, but you hate diets. Join the club. Rather than give you recipes for "yummy" quinoa-kelp granola, we suggest following these simple rules, rituals, and metabolic sleights of hand. You'll eat better, eat less, and burn calories all day long, even while checking your e-mail

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    YOUR EATING HABITS

    1) Grease your pans with olive-oil cooking spray. This is twenty-nine calories less than a pat of butter. One time, no big deal. But if you cook ten times a week…


    Calories saved per week: 290



    2) Use small plates. Better, use blue ones. Small plates trick your brain into thinking you're eating more-and studies have shown that blue objects suppress appetite, which is why you don't see a lot of blue foods.


    Calories saved per week: 500



    3) Drink a glass of water before every meal. This initiates a complex metabolic reaction that dietitians call "filling up your stomach so you don't eat as much." For real: Drinking

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  • How to Pull Off the Relaxed Pompadour Hairstyle

    By: Kristen Dold

    Ernest AlexanderErnest AlexanderIf you like high-shine, slicked-back rockabilly hair-as seen on Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner in the September issue of GQ-but are hesitant to take the plunge, meet the look's lazier brother. Created by Jorge Luis of Prive Salon in NYC (the lead stylist for yesterday's Ernest Alexander show), this is a more modern quiff-like what James Dean might have looked like the morning after.

    Here's how to get the look.

    The Inspiration: "It's a polished young guy who is put together but has a little roughness or rock 'n' roll to him," says Luis. "He wants to look good, and have a little fun."

    The Cut: Ask the stylist to taper the back and sides of your head with clippers to about half an inch, leaving at least two and a half inches on top. "Some guys can go longer, it just depends on how much time you want to spend on your hair," says Luis.

    The Style: Apply a texturizing spray to towel-dried strands (Luis used Prive Finishing Texture Spray on the models)

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  • 5 Surprising Ways to Stop a Shave Cut from Bleeding

    GettyGettyBy: Kristen Dold

    What's worse than a rushed morning shave as a result of over-snoozing? Bloodshed, via razor. If Dad taught you to plug up shave nicks with bits of toilet paper, know there are better, faster home remedies for treating wounds and getting out the door. Here are five:

    1. Deodorant
    Most antiperspirants contain aluminum chloride that can, in addition to shrinking sweat glands, constrict blood vessels and clot a nick.

    2. Lip Balm
    Smearing on a little ChapStick or Vaseline works like a seal-plus it'll keep bigger cuts from forming unsightly scabs.

    3. Ice Cubes
    The cold shrinks blood vessels, enabling a clot to form fast.

    4. Mouthwash
    The alcohol in solutions like Listerine acts as an astringent, which halts blood flow by causing tissues to contract.

    5. Eye Drops
    Red eye relievers like Visine work similarly on cuts: they slow down bleeding by constricting blood vessels.

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  • NFL Star Victor Cruz Puts the Man in Manicure - Check Out His Grooming Ritual

    By: Kristen Dold

    Courtesy of GilletteCourtesy of GilletteWe already knew New York Giant's wide receiver Victor Cruz kills it in a well-tailored suit, but it turns out he tackles grooming with equal precision. (So much so that he's just been tapped as a spokesman for Gillette.) Here, Cruz reveals his shave strategy, go-to scent, and the splurge he shares in common with your girlfriend.

    The Hair:
    "I see a barber every Thursday. It's almost like a religion for me. His name is Lenny, and he cuts hair locally where I grew up. He's not even a barber anymore to me, he's just a longtime friend. If I didn't see him my whole weekend wouldn't feel right."

    The Face:
    "I use a medicated face wash and moisturizer from my dermatologist. If I didn't use moisturizer I feel like my whole face would crack and bleed."

    The Shave:
    "I'm one and done, going through it the first time with precision. I just use shaving cream and the Gillette Fusion Proglide Razor. I have a lot of hair on my cheeks, so I make sure that's all

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