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  • The 10 Most Heartbroken Cities in America

    by Gena Kaufman

    Getty ImagesGetty Images Is your heartbroken city bringing you down?


    Well, don't move just yet. If we thought last week's list of the most romantic cities in America, according to their Amazon purchases, was based on shaky logic, let's take a look at this list of the most heartbreak in the United States.

    The criteria? First, how long marriages typically last in the area. OK, that one seems fair enough. Second, how many dating services are in the area, as in, where there's a high demand for dating, there's heartbreak. Hmm. Dating isn't really a sign that you're heartbroken. Some people even consider it--gasp!--fun. Did one very snotty married person decide that everyone who dates is sad and pathetic? Harrumph.

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    Getting skeptical yet? The last two factors were general health (physical and emotional) and…rates of gonorrhea. Now, gonorrhea seems unpleasant, no doubt, but I don't know that it's a sure sign of heartbreak.

    At any

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  • Why Does My Ex Constantly Contact Me, and How Should I Respond?

    by Gena Kaufman

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    Does our reader's ex have a case of dumper's remorse, or is he just messing with her head? Let's help her discuss…

    My ex told me that he didn't want to be in a relationship this past September. I told him OK and let it be, but ever since he's been contacting me every two or so weeks. He wants to either pick up his stuff from my place, say merry Christmas, happy New Year, ask me how my family is doing, how my vacation was...


    He just moved to Taiwan, and I'm in New York. But he's still contacting me. Last week we talked for two hours. I just recently sent him a quick email about something funny on a trip we went on last winter, and his response was kind of short. What are all these mixed signals about? He contacts me and wants to talk, but when I contact him, it's not the same conversational outcome.

    I would gladly take him back, but I'm not even sure if he wants to be with me. Let me know if you have any advice.

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  • Snooki and JWoww's Dos and Don'ts of Getting Engaged

    by Marissa Gold

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    Both Snooki and JWoww will be married with children (Jenni's expecting!) by the end of this year. Yep, let that marinate for a second. Snooki and JWoww = married with children. Makes me feel...um, old. The Jersey Shore kids are all grown up! Both girls stopped by the office to chat about their upcoming plans, and I asked them to share some of their engagement advice with the rest of us.They're both in happy relationships with babies (or babies on the way), so clearly they're onto something. Here's what they had to say about how they got to this point, and what they recommend you do (or don't do) to get there:


    DO live with each other first.
    "Before you get engaged, you should try living with each other first, because you don't want to get engaged, and then get married, and then move in, and be like, sh*t I don't even like you," Snooki says.

    DO make sure you know the not-so-good stuff about your guy.
    "Know everything about his past before you accept the

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  • Are You for or Against Rebound Sex?

    by Gena Kaufman

    George HolzGeorge Holz Post breakup, there's always that one person who doles out this advice: "The best way to get over someone is to get under someone else." But do people really do that, and is it a good idea or not?

    Rebound sex is a popular idea in both pop culture and in the realm of questionable coping advice. But some scientists wanted to examine whether or not it's actually behavior that people engage in after a breakup. After conducting a study among 170 college students who had been through a breakup in the past eight months, their conclusion was that a fair amount of the brokenhearted do, in fact, engage in rebound sex. Among the participants, 35 percent said they'd had sex to get over their ex, and 25 percent reported having sex as a form of revenge. Unsurprisingly, the people more likely to have revenge sex were the ones who had been dumped, as opposed to those who had done the dumping.

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  • If a Guy's Coming to Pick You Up, Here's the Hottest Car He Could Be Driving

    by Gena Kaufman

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    There's something sexy about a guy behind the wheel, right? Especially if he's a calm, confident driver, and especially if he's picking you up for a date.


    That said, after 10 years spent mostly in New York City, I'm not much of a car person. But it appears people do have opinions on what cars have the sexiest drivers. A survey of 2,000 people by insure.com has rounded up answers from both men and women on what they prefer the opposite sex to drive. If you're into that sort of thing, the hottest car for guys to drive is…

    A black pickup truck. And on Jake up there, I get it. Here's the full top-five list for guys:


    1. Pickup trucks
    2. Sports cars
    3. SUVs
    4. Sedans
    5. Hybrid or electric cars

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    And for you ladies who like to be the one behind the wheel, here are how guys rank the top five hottest cars for women to drive.

    1. Sports cars
    2. Sedans
    3. SUVs
    4. Pickup trucks
    5. Hybrid

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  • How to Be Sexy? Change Your Name, According to One Woman

    by Gena Kaufman

    Getty ImagesGetty Images Being a Victoria's Secret angel is one way to be sexy, that's for sure, but it's certainly not the only way. However, for all the primping and plucking and flirting and seducing we all do in the name of sexiness, one woman has come up with another, much simpler and more literal solution for how to be sexy.


    She is changing her name. Actually changing her name to Sexy.

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    For real you guys. In my home state of Ohio (so proud), Ranea Crabtree has asked a judge to approve her case for a name change which would officially make her Sexy Crabtree. She's already refused to go by the first name her parents gave her, Sheila, saying that she hates it and it's "really ugly." (If there are any other Sheilas out there reading this, it's a perfectly nice name!)

    Her rationale for her newly proposed name? "I wear Victoria's Secret clothes all the time. I was like, 'Shoot, I'll just go for Sexy.'" Well then. A rose by any

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  • Boyfriend Forgot Your Anniversary? Sorry, Science is on His Side in This Argument

    by Gena Kaufman

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    Sigh. Your guy showed up on your anniversary (or your birthday or Valentine's Day or whatever the special occasion might be) empty-handed and completely clueless, and you're mad. His excuses might just make you even more enraged, but he's got one that's kind of legit: science.


    According to a new Norwegian study, men really are worse at remembering than women. The research asked 48,000 people to report how well they remembered things and found that men do tend to forget more than women. In even less encouraging news, men proved to be just as forgetful whether they were 30 or 60.

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    The research is interesting, but it's important to note that the study didn't directly test memory itself but analyzed people's questions about memory. So, men reported having poorer memories, but it's based on their own self-reporting. Ahem, so maybe they only claim to remember the things they want to remember? (Like, every score

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  • The World's Cutest Study on Love Gives You a Perfect Excuse to Eat Cake with Your Boyfriend

    by Gena Kaufman

    Getty ImagesGetty Images When you're in love, it seems like the whole world is just a little brighter, right? Actually, so right. Love literally makes things taste better. According to a recent study, being in love can make even water taste sweeter.


    In the study, researchers had students write about about either an experience with romantic love, an experience with jealousy, or a neutral topic and then taste sweet-and-sour or bittersweet candies and rank their flavors. (The taste testing to find the perfectly balanced flavors sounds like basically the most fun job ever.) Those who had written about love rated both candies as sweeter than those who had written about jealousy or a neutral topic.

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    The experiment was then repeated, this time asking the students to sample "a new drink product," which was actually just water. Again, those who had written about love thought it tasted sweeter. So there you have it: Love is so awesome--it can

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  • Would You Ever Go for a Part-Time Relationship?

    by Gena Kaufman


    Getty ImagesGetty ImagesOh man, do I hate when people get into one-upping discussions about how extremely busy and tired and overworked they are. Still, there's no denying most people these days have a lot going on, and plenty of them use it as an excuse to avoid the dating scene.

    Though I think it's a total BS excuse to be too busy to date, I'm intrigued by this new solution offered by a British website: Part-time dating. Started by relationships author Helen Croydon, parttimelove.co.uk is a new site launched for those who want to find love, but not be overwhelmed with obligations. Says Croydon:


    'It isn't about no-strings hook-ups, nor is it about finding The One. It is aimed at singletons who want the sparks and fireworks of a genuine love affair and the regularity of a committed partner but don't have the time for a conventional, full-time partnership. They're likely to include single parents, new divorcees, the career-focused and those who travel a lot.'

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  • Yikes: Depression and Casual Sex Are Linked for College Women

    by Gena Kaufman

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    Unfortunate news for single young women: According to new research studying female undergraduates, those who have more casual flings and sexual partners may be more likely to suffer from depression. They are also more likely to be sexually victimized and to contract STIs. By contract, sex in the context of relationships as opposed to casual hookups was not correlated with depression (although it is still linked to STIs.)


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    Before anyone uses this as an unnecessary scare tactic, it should be noted that the study shows a correlation between the two, not necessarily a causation. We can't assume that sex causes depression, or alternatively, that depression causes people to have more sex. Especially when you consider the complicated social implications of having sex, especially for young women.

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    In better news, although sex and depression were linked during early college

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