Are there any lies that actually are okay to tell on a first date? We've thought about it and decided that, yes, there are. Below, we've listed our top five acceptable first date lies.
These types of chicks need to be ditched.
Given that most people spend 2,000 hours a year at work, it's likely that at some point, a co-worker will make you want to dip your pen in the company ink. Forty percent of people have done it. Sure there are risks: Meeting-table awkwardness, colleague gossip and a sullied reputation. But on the upside, you might get to do it on your boss's desk. Avoid these conversation clichés to stay on the fast track to some serious job satisfaction.
The New York Times thinks hipster men have pot bellies because they are rebelling against Barack Obama's washboard abs and think six-packs aren't masculine.
As a single friend migrates into serious couple-dom, there is always an adjustment period where relations between existing friends can take a turn for the worse. Everyone has had that "acquaintance" who falls off the face of the Earth once she's roped into a new relationship. There's also the girlfriend who won't stop talking about her newfound love at the expense of everyone else's interest.
"Right now a hairy man is not an attractive man, if you ask most women," Cindy Barshop, of Completely Bare, tells the CBS Early Show. And — at least in the case of her customers — more and more men are opting to go bare everywhere, including down there. But is a hairless man really a sexier man? Do most women really like the idea of getting it on with a man who has no pubic hair? Or do they, as this author does, find a complete lack of hair on a man a little weird?
Romance is infinitely more satisfying when it stimulates body AND mind. But finding a brainy boy toy in a sea of dullards can be more daunting than organic chemistry. We've pinpointed the precise geographic coordinates most favorable to meeting an intelligent male specimen. In other words, we found the best spots to score your very own smarty-pants.
Before Erin and I went on our Skype dates, Glamour set us up on a conference call with dating expert Rachel Greenwald. One thing she really stressed was the importance of coming up with a few icebreaker questions to get the conversational ball rolling. I was skeptical—aren't icebreakers kinda corny? But Rachel made a compelling argument that it's better cheesy questions are ultimately more effective than tired demographic inquiries like "How many siblings do you have?" and "Do you have any life-threatening food allergies?" So I came up with a few icebreakers in advance and, lo and behold, they totally worked! Now I'm asking every girl I meet silly questions. Here are a few or my favorites:
I've been married all of 11 days now and, one cliché I will be able to avoid, though, is the terrible mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationship so many women have. My own mother-in-law passed away long before I got a chance to meet her, and while I'd love to think we would have had a wonderful relationship—if her sons are any indication, she was a terrific woman and I hope she would have approved of me—the odds, apparently, aren't in our favor.
Those who read this column know that I’ve been writing very personally about how the downturn has affected my relationship. In all honesty, I’m starting to fear that by focusing on what’s happening inside relationships, we may be losing sight of larger contexts—what could and should be happening in the structures that govern our lives.