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  • Welcome to the Great Boot Shortage of 2014

    Get it while it lasts.

    By Max Berlinger

    You want to know what there's no shortage of? Shortages. Of late they've mostly been of the edible variety-Halloumi cheese, Sriracha sauce, string cheese, and so on-but now they're hitting us on the style front, and the timing couldn't be worse. With a tempestuous winter soldiering on, bringing with it sub-zero temperatures and mounds of snow, New York City finds itself in the middle of a poorly-timed shortfall of weatherproof footwear. The New York Times stopped by a few shops that specialize in seasonally appropriate shoes and found that if they weren't completely sold out, the pickings-in terms of size runs and styles-were scarce at best. Even online outlets are starting to find their stockpiles of fur-lined, water-resistant boots are running low. So if you haven't picked up a pair yet, good luck to you.


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  • How to Trick Yourself into Believing You Slept Great

    By The Editors

    Find a doctor who will lie to you. It's a little shady, sure. But find a doctor who will lie to you and get his or her number. Then call them up every morning and ask them how well you slept. This is where the lie comes in. Have them tell you, through the guise of scientific data-something you can't understand and therefore can't second-guess-that you slept great. Then, believe it. Because if you can truly believe it, then you will feel great, regardless of how well you slept.

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    That's the takeaway of a recent study, summarized over at Smithsonian.com, which proved that there is something of a placebo effect that applies to sleep. In short, researchers lied to people about the quality of slept they got-the scientific lingo was REM percentage-and then tested the subjects who they told got great sleep against those the scientists told did not get great sleep. Then they made them do a test. And, yes, those who

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  • Is it Ever Okay to Pick Someone Up at a Funeral?

    Too soon!By A.J. Jacobs

    You want the smartest life advice in the world? Don't ask A.J. Jacobs. Ask A.J. and his 122,000 Facebook friends. Esquire's editor-at-large sifts through the wisdom of the crowd to solve all your toughest questions about sex, manners, food and the issue of thick, lustrous arm hair. Send questions to @ajjacobs, or ask A.J. via his Facebook page.

    THIS WEEK'S QUESTION

    "A few months ago, I attended a funeral of the mother of a friend. Minutes after she was buried, the cousin of my friend (whom I didn't know at all) asked me out. He then gave me his number without my asking for it. I thought it was out of place and I never called him. The question is, is it okay to ask somebody out on a date at a cemetery? And how should one react?" -Janet, Atlanta

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    Janet, my Facebook followers were very interested in what pickup line this smooth operator used. Did he perhaps try "I know it's a weird thing to say at my aunt's

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  • Your First 90 Days as a Father

    Every day will be hard, but they're supposed to be, aren't they? And most days will be amazing. By Adam Elder

    Every day will be hard, but they're supposed to be, aren't they? And most days will be amazing. They should be, too.

    Day 1: Buckle up! The day of your child's birth is a wild ride that features a bit of everything: tension, anticipation, sleep deprivation, delirious joy, friends, family, in-laws and sketchy hospital food. There is no moment that compares to holding your baby for the first time. You are relieved and overjoyed, yet feel the arrival of massive responsibility. You truly feel like an adult now. Try to be cool, calm and supportive throughout.

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    Day 2: Unless you're a firefighter, you might never get used to interrupted sleep. Agree to take the early-morning stretch: You're awake well before work, alone with your baby, watching the sunrise - and watching him watch the sunrise. Getting him to fall asleep in your arms is the dad skill sine qua non.

    Day 3: Your meals are now eaten in shifts, amid

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  • The Absolutely Necessary Cold Remedy Roundup

    Welcome to flu season, everyone.By Ned Hepburn

    It's flu season. While that may be a scary idea to some, it doesn't mean that you have to venture out into the world with a surgical mask and an economy-size tube of Purell. (Though if you're choosing that route, here's some useful intel.)

    But here's what I say. I say: get sick. I say: give yourself a mini-vacation. I say: shake the hands of everyone you meet and be sure to lick subway poles because there is nothing better than sweet, sweet cold medicine. You may want to get over this cold or flu as fast as possible... but instead I say: this is your day off, and you're supposed to be getting messed up on over the counter medicine for as long as is socially and medically acceptable, not immediately getting back to normal.

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    Theraflu

    Dear God, Jesus, and Justin Bieber this stuff is incredible. While the daytime stuff surely will do a number on your cold or flu, the nighttime stuff sends you on a wild

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  • The Manliest Baby Product

    The stroller James Bond would be proud to use.

    By Noah Charney

    We men love our babies.
    We love them so much that we are willing to be seen out with them, accompanied by all manner of pink, baby blue, frilly, Hello Kitty, Minnie Mouse-strewn garments, backpacks, changing bags, and assorted paraphernalia. We find this acceptable. Heck, if we're willing to take a bullet for our babies, then we can deal with a glitter-embossed Smurfette diaper bag. But while it is acceptable, it is not ideal. Surely there are some baby products out there that, while not exactly masculine and cool, would at least not make us feel like we're living an outtake from Three Men and a Baby.

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    While the general outlook on manly baby gear is bleak, there is one product that will make a man's knees grow weak, his heart flutter faster - a similar sensation to seeing a must-have car. It is a stroller, but to call it a stroller is like calling Chuck Norris an actor. This is the stroller:

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  • Study Proves Men Are Actually Really Good Fathers in Almost Every Way


    Hey, nice job, guys.

    By James Joiner

    You know the tired stereotype of the American dad coming home from a hard day at the office to kick up his feet with a martini and the evening news while his wife is busy whipping up the roast and rearing the kids? It's dead.

    What's surprising is how few people seem to be aware of it.

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    A new government study released a week ago clarifies this demise, polling four thousand fathers aged 15-44 between 2006 and 2010, and clearly stating that dads are intimately involved in every aspect of their child's lives. And not just middle class white dads - all men, across all race and age divides - are taking an active role. The one caveat being that men with some level of college tended to be more involved than those less educated.

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    The study highlighted that, among other things:

    - Of those living with kids under five, nine out of ten bathed,

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  • Why Shorter Men Should Go After Taller Women

    A call to arms against the last acceptable dating prejudice. By Anne Friedman

    The first question most strangers ask me is "How tall are you?" If I'm feeling charitable, I answer honestly: "6-foot-2." They often follow-up with, "Do you ever date shorter men?" Consider this my full answer.

    First off: Yes, I have. Which makes me weird. The average woman is eight percent shorter than her male partner. In one survey, about half of collegiate men required their date to be shorter, while a monstrous nine of every ten women said they would only date a taller man. And online, it's even more brutal: Women can calculate how tall they are in their highest heels, add a few inches for good measure, and then filter out men who fall below that sum. Of course the ability to search for people who meet our criteria is part of the appeal of online dating. But while women say they have a "type"-they love bearded gingers or guys in glasses-they don't filter out every man who doesn't meet those specific physical criteria. Height is different. It's a sweeping

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  • 7 Ways Sex and the City Has Lied to Women

    Being a horrible person does not, in fact, find anyone love. By Stacey Woods

    Sex and the City has existed in some form - in print, on TV, on film, in sequel, and in prequel - all over the world for about twenty long years now (Candace Bushnell, who spawned the franchise, started writing in 1993). There are full-fledged women who have never known a world in which it didn't exist. It's been their nucleus of dreams, the backbone of their brunches, and it's made them who they are today...

    There are so many addenda I could attach to that sentence. "...a bunch of aimless, self-important drunks" is just one of them. But my purpose is not to insult, it is to instruct, and with the gentlest of hands - hands that I will now use, two decades thereon, to set a wrecking ball to the pearlescent gray apartment in which so many women have been vainly quailing all these years. That's right, while it's dazzled us with pretty clothes and dulled us with easy entertainment, Sex and the City has also worked its toxic tenets so fixedly into our minds that to

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  • 7 Things to Never Eat or Drink While Traveling

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    By John Mariani

    Eating the kinds of bizarre foods TV omnivore Andrew Zimmern puts in his mouth each week was once the hapless lot - never the intent - of 19th century adventurers like Sir Richard Burton, who while trekking from Zanzibar into the Congo would have given anything for some good British beef and Yorkshire pudding.

    Traveler's illnesses will lay low, even kill, guys who count themselves manly if they gulp down stinky tofu in Taipei or maggots in the Yucatan. Ernest Hemingway would have shot anyone on safari who suggested he drink the blood of a water buffalo. It's bad enough just dealing with unwashed lettuce in a salad in Madrid, much less shrimp pulled up from the putrid rivers of Phnom Penh. And you can just as easily come down with Delhi Belly in Mumbai as you can Montezuma's Revenge in Mexico City.

    You're never going to escape it entirely, not on the Champs Élysées or the Via Veneto, though you can take precautions by watching out for certain foods that have a

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