At a mere 173 square feet, the "Eh'haeusl" or "marriage house" has quite a large reputation. The Bavarian hotel, built in 1728, is a fixture in South Germany's history, according to Reuters. What does 173 square feet get you? Three stories, actually: The first floor is the entryway, the second floor the bathroom, and the third, the bedroom. The structure was built by placing a front, back, and roof between the tiny space between two existing buildings. Voila: a cozy home for two. Actually, the space served many a newlywed, as it's name "marriage house," implies: According to 18th-century law, couples who intended to marry needed to own property to do so. The tiny house was quickly constructed and passed from couple to couple to allow lovebirds a way to the altar.
What's your biggest regret? Folk singer Chris Blake Googled "my biggest regret" and posted what he found inside a music video.
Kristin Schaal, of Flight of the Conchords fame, opined to hilarious effect, on cougars, the slightly sexist name for older women who date younger men.
A mediocre-looking guy recently approached my sister, a hesitant JDate subscriber, online. After a brief chat, the strangers decided to take things to the next level. Sex? No. Facebook? Yes. They exchanged names and allowed the inter-network stalking to begin. A day or so later, my sister burst into laughter at a Facebook message she'd received a video message from the JDate boy. Playing the piano and singing (in a surprisingly good voice, I might add) he began: Here I am writing strange girls messages via video, via song, but only because you looked like someone I'd like to talk to more.
Quick hit for the day: Even if you're not going to cheat on your man, why don't you set up a "private" rendezvous with him and make like you are? Check out these five-star spots courtesy of concierge.com, perfect for discreet check-ins and dirty little secrets.
If you've ever felt an attraction to someone whom you've only heard and never actually seen, it may be because our senses are trained to pick up a potential mate's genetic health and reproductive fitness reflected in the symmetry of one's body via the sound of his/her voice. In a recent study, published in the Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, participants listened to previously recorded voices and rated their levels of attractiveness according to nine traits, including approachability, intelligence, sexiness and warmth. The group concluded that men whose voices ranked as most approachable, intelligent, sexy and warm and women whose voices were deemed most approachable, sexy and as most likely to get dates were the most attractive overall.
In the present day tech-driven world, talking face to face has taken a backseat to emailing, IMing, texting, etc. Saying how you feel is much easier to type than to say. I Want U To Know communication cards are a happy medium. Slightly more personal than an email (which we all know is the wimpy way to bring something up) and the farthest thing from sappy-looking, hand one over when you have something to say, but aren't brave enough to utter the words yourself good or bad.
Liquid Virgin promises to tighten and constrict your vagina, which "makes every time feel like the first time." Even if that is what women want, the active ingredient, potassium alum, is potentially harmful to the body.
Economist, lawyer, writer and actor Ben Stein explores economic theory for lessons on love ("realistic expectations are everything," and "when you have a winner, stick with your winner") and we add some ideas of our own (diversify your portfolio).
The Advocate's August issue is running a fun sidebar on artsy condoms that will hopefully help bring sexy back to protected sex (you've read recent STD statistics, right?). The condom wrapper, perhaps sick of being tossed heartlessly aside while its contents get all the attention, has found its voice. As The Advocate points out, it could produce some interesting chemistry were a die-hard Republican to meet an Obama-adorned condom carrier. Sending condoms with Bush's likeness to the head of his abstinence program could cause a chuckle, if those people do that type of thing. Chuckling, that is.