Blog Posts by Lauren Tuck, Shine Staff

  • Everything ‘Girls’ Gets Right (and Completely Wrong) About Life in Your 20s

    Photo: AP

    This Sunday night, 20-somethings everywhere will be pulling their crop tops out of summer storage and dancing on their own to Icona Pop to herald the return of the critically acclaimed HBO series "Girls." Much of the show's accolades stem from the fact that it's one of the most genuine shows on television and accurately offers a glimpse into the lives of Millennials in New York. Personally, I find myself saying stuff like "I'm such a Marnie," "that was so Hannah of you," "Shosh would totes wear that" or "Jessa has that same fedora." But, with all of the things that ring true, there are also those that starkly stand out as silly and unbelievable. Read on for some of the most realistic and applicable aspects of "Girls," as well as those moments that haven't happened to any 20-something ever ... at least none that I've ever met.

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    Hannah’s relationship with her parents. Post-college life is the first time 20-somethings are forced to truly become independent. Most college

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  • My Online Dating Profile Is the Worst (and This Study Proves It)

    photo: Trunk ArchiveOnline dating is a complex and fickle game of cat and mouse. First comes wink, then comes message, then comes a bunch of back and forth, questions and answers, pros and cons, friends' opinions and then maybe a date. In order to crack the code of what makes a profile more clickable, dating sites have broken down everything from what kind of pictures get the most attention to what time of year is best to find a romantic partner, and now, which personal attributes and characteristics will garner someone the most initial messages, and thus, potential mates (ugh). Online dating site PlentyOfFish looked at data of 81,000 user profiles and 1.8 million messages among American heterosexuals ages 25 to 35 to discover the factors that make singles more or less likely to receive messages. Their results are, well, interesting. POF found that age, religion, alcohol intake, and body build influence whether or not men send messages to romantic prospects. So, in light of the study, let me count the

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  • 4-Year-Old Twins Win for Most Adorable Cover of 'Frozen' Hit

    I haven’t seen Disney’s latest animated hit "Frozen," but I must admit that I’ve been listening to Idina Menzel’s "Let It Go" on repeat. The track is at No. 32 on the Billboard Hot 100 list and climbing and is currently iTunes's 25th-most-downloaded tune, and the movie's soundtrack just dethroned Beyoncé for the top spot on the Billboard’s Top 200 Chart. So, obviously, I’m not alone in my obsession.

    With a catchy hit song come loads of covers, of course, but the prize for cutest version to surface so far clearly goes to 4-year-old twins Maddie and Zoe. Their father, Aaron Mendez, a freelance filmmaker who shot the video, set the pair up on his audio recording equipment. Since the pair can’t read yet, they’re listening to the track on the headphones and what they’re singing is, well, their interpretation of the lyrics. That means yawns, tummy aches, and crooning the chorus in a shrieking way that's deemed adorable only when a kid does it.

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  • Watch Teenager Morph Into Man While Lip-Synching Queen in Awesome Time-Lapse Video

    How many people actually keep a New Year’s resolution for a full 365 days? Not many. But Matt Perren, a student at Worthing College in the U.K., took his resolution even further than that, sticking with a project for an impressive three years. Starting on Jan. 1, 2011, Perren took a selfie every day and compiled the photos to create a time-lapse/stop-motion-style video of himself lip-synching Queen’s tune “Don’t Stop Me Now.”

    Inspired by Noah Kalina’s viral self-portrait series and Internet sensation MysteryGuitarMan, Perren started the project when he was 15 years old and, during the almost two-minute-long YouTube clip, he eventually ages into an adult, at 18 years old. At that point, the video — which was uploaded Jan. 5 and has already been viewed nearly 700,000 times — doesn’t miss a beat and reverses into a Benjamin Button-esque effect, ending with Perren back at 15. Some commenters have pointed out the fact that Perren only wears two different T-shirts in the video spanning three Read More »from Watch Teenager Morph Into Man While Lip-Synching Queen in Awesome Time-Lapse Video
  • Happy Waitress Even Happier After Receiving Astounding Tip

    Photo: Morgan Spiehs/Lincoln Journal StarThe happiest server at Cracker Barrel in Lincoln, Nebraska, walked away from work with even more to smile about after receiving a life-changing tip last week.

    According to the Lincoln Journal Star, a man stopped in with a friend for lunch at the restaurant on Thursday and asked the hostess to seat them at the table of the restaurant’s grumpiest server because the pair wanted to use their charm to cheer someone up. The hostess responded that the chain actually didn't have a single dispirited employee and instead gave them the opposite — their happiest waitress.

    More on Yahoo: Mystery 'Tips for Jesus' Tipper Identified in NYC

    The server sent to table 222 was 18-year-old Abigail Sailors, who submitted to questions from the two men about why she had such a sunny disposition. Throughout their lunch, Sailors told the patrons her story.

    More on Yahoo Shine: The Best (and Worst) Restaurant Tippers of 2013

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  • Prince William Poses for Selfie With (Very Happy) Teen Girl

    The Duchess of Cambridge may have made headlines for her fashionable tartan outfit on Christmas Day (and all year long for her en-vogue style choices, for that matter), but it’s her husband, Prince William, who was really on trend at the close of 2013. While the Duke was walking from Queen Elizabeth’s Sandringham Estate to church with the rest of the royal family, he surprised 12-year-old Madison Lambe by posing for a selfie with her. "I couldn't believe it when William came over to me and I asked for a picture. He just said to me 'you can't beat a good selfie on Christmas Day' and took the picture,” Madison said, according to the Telegraph.

    Prince William isn’t the first royal to snap a selfie with a British subject. His father, Prince Charles, was visiting the Coptic Orthodox Church Centre last month when a youngRead More »from Prince William Poses for Selfie With (Very Happy) Teen Girl
  • Patriotic Youngster Surprises Airman with Christmas Cookies

    During the holiday season you hear over and over again that it's better to give than to receive. While this saying is sweet, many of us (including myself) truly like the receiving part — seriously, who doesn't love getting presents? But Reddit user slayfire122 may have convinced me that giving is just as gratifying.

    More on Yahoo: Mystery 'Tips for Jesus' Tipper Identified in NYC

    Slayfire122 is Charles, a crew chief general mechanic for the C-5 Galaxy aircraft at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California. After returning to his dorm room at the end of his shift on Thursday evening, he found a surprise package on his military-issue twin bed. A box, filled with cookies, with a note attached written by a local elementary school student named Dalton.

    Photo by: Slayfire122/imgur

    Photo by:Slayfire122/imgur

    Photo by: slayfire122/imgur

    The card reads:

    Dear Soldier,
    Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and thank you for ceping us safe.

    Photo by: Slayfire122/imgur

    In his post, Charles writes that the present brought a tear to his eye, especially because he won't be home

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  • 3D Printer Makes Perfectly Symmetrical Pizza

    Photo by: Natural Machines

    If you've heard about the brave new world of of 3D printing, you know that the technology will eventually be able to fabricate everything from musical instruments to clothing to body parts with the touch of a button (well, maybe it's a touch more complicated than that). Now, Barcelona-based startup Natural Machines has invented a printer to satisfy and sate rather than shock and awe: The Foodini.

    The Foodini (the name derived from a combo and food and genie), is a food "printer" that aims to eliminate the laboriousness of making a meal and thus promote home cooking in a world where people eat too much pre-packaged and processed food, according to Lynette Kucsma, Natural Machines co-founder and chief marketing officer. "The hardest part of cooking is assembling the food," she tells Yahoo Shine. By streamlining the process, Kucsma explains, cooking can be simpler. The user preps the fresh ingredients, loads them into Foodini’s food capsules, and watches the machine work its magic by

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  • 'Selfie' or 'Science'? Merriam-Webster and Oxford Battle Over the Word of the Year

    In a war of words, which will reign supreme in 2013: "selfie" or "science"?

    In November, Oxford Dictionary deemed "selfie," defined as "a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website," its word of the year. But rival Merriam-Webster disagrees and has declared the word "science" — "knowledge about or study of the natural world based on facts learned through experiments and observation" — the winner.

    More on Yahoo: Selfie Tops Twerk as Oxford's Word of the Year

    "Selfie" and "science" aren't remotely similar words, so how did these dictionaries come up with such different results?

    Merriam-Webster determined "science" to be the top word by analyzing approximately 100 million searches per month on its online dictionary, then detecting words with the greatest increase in searches compared with last year's

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  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Wear J.Crew on the Cover of Bloomberg Businessweek

    Photo by: Bloomberg BusinessweekThe United States is turning the tables on Britain and invading, well, the fashion world, that is.

    To highlight J.Crew's opening of its first European flagship earlier this month, Bloomberg Businessweek wrote a cover story on the all-American retailer landing in London. And they presented it to the public in the most royally awesome way: Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge "wearing" flannel and chinos. 

    Don't be fooled by the magazine's impressive use of Photoshop, because the heirs to the throne are not actually wearing the casual duds ... yet. J.Crew styles are certainly approved by the U.S.'s closest version of a queen, First Lady Michelle Obama. And considering the Duke and Duchess both have that laid-back quality but still manage to look super classy all the time — channeling a sense of style that J.Crew is famous for — I predict it's only a matter of time before the pair is seen in real-life looking like catalog models.

    Nevertheless, until you can say, "Kate Middleton and

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