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The Best Dating Show Ever

The Best Dating Show Ever

The show goes something like this: 12 male and female contestants enter the competition (hence the "12 Hearts"), one for each Zodiac sign, and various challenges are completed, generally involving dancing, singing, answering questions or kissing. Then the field is narrowed down to three couples who, upon learning of their match to one another, invariably meet and make out in the middle of the game show set. Audience members then vote for their favorite couple, the results are revealed and the winning duo make out again!

News of the Naked

News of the Naked

Our friends over at Scanner had a bunch of stories involving nudity yesterday, and we gladly point them out to you today. First, they told us about Las Vegas TV reporter Jeff Gradey, who was fired from his job at the Vegas ABC affiliate after management saw a Craig's List ad from him and his girlfriend soliciting "a hot, nasty girl who needs to cum." Scanner's got some other good, naked tidbits (with pics!) as well: New Zealand porn producer and mayoral candidate Steve Crow staged a parade complete with naked film stars. Crow reassured reporters that he would tell the women "to keep the jiggling to a minimum and not to do anything that would be deemed offensive." And finally, Scanner reports that a high school party in New Hampshire got out of control and ended with teenagers running naked through the streets.

Is Swearing Sexy?

Is Swearing Sexy?

The Frisky asked a number of men, both on a radio show and online: What do you think of women cursing? While the verdict didn't come out to a clear "sexy" or "scummy" consensus, most men agreed that swearing, when done poorly, is extremely unattractive on a woman. And, really, the same goes for men. A well-placed curse here or there can add humor or emphasis to a sentence, but, like salt, too much of it begets the appearance of bloat and indulgence.

Virginity = Productivity?

Virginity = Productivity?

Despite the "quite a bit of sex" smeared on [Jane Austen's] life and work by the biopic Becoming Jane and virtually all the recent screen adaptations (notably the obnoxious Mansfield Park), the author of Pride and Prejudice (invariably voted best ever English novel) died intacta. All six of her major heroines are as virginal on the last page as they were on the first. Does the fact that Austen "never had it" make her a greater, or lesser, writer? Is chastity the enemy of literary genius?... Why cannot we accept that there is sexless greatness as well as hyper-sexual greatness? Jane Austen was a plain Jane. If she'd looked like Kate Winslet, and had as much glorious sex as Jordan, we would not - I fancy - have those wonderful novels.

When Weddings Go Wrong

When Weddings Go Wrong

Waiters and barkeeps beware! You may get a little more than a sloppy kiss from a happy bridesmaid at your next job. It must have been the bride and groom's violent love set off a guest at the a celebration in Edinburgh UK, where someone, (an unrequited love, perhaps?) attacked a waiter with a glass water jug creating a blood-covered tablecloth and police investigation. But a little glass in the face has nothing on a knife in the neck, which is what an employee at a Rochester bar received after breaking up a fight during a wedding reception.

To Be Or Not To Be(friend) An Ex

To Be Or Not To Be(friend) An Ex

You know the story: after a breakup, one of the parties involved wants to "be friends." Generally this is the lesser-wounded party speaking, and generally the budding friendship becomes one of two things: wilted or messy. The 4-Way Panel from Divine Caroline recently tackled this issue for a woman who wrote in hoping to understand the feelings of jealousy that arise when her "ex-turned-friend" talks about her dates with other women. The panel foursome, one of each gender and sexual orientation, unsurprisingly had some varying viewpoints on the woman's dilemma.

Beer Goggles Exist

Beer Goggles Exist

Researchers in England have shown what generations of college students have always known: beer goggles exist. Scientists compared people who downed vodka, wine and beer to those who didn't drink any hooch, and found that the imbibers thought people were more attractive after they drank.

What Men Want

What Men Want

The Daily Mail reports that in the study, both men and women found "symmetric" bodies more attractive than "asymmetric" ones. However, scientists say we don't notice body symmetry directly; instead we look for cues of symmetry, such as height and the length of the legs. I call bullshit on studies like this -- and Daily Mail articles like this.

Finding Common Ground

Finding Common Ground

We all know the old saying, "opposites attract." But can you really make a life with an omnivore who lives for bloody T-bones, when you're a vegan who knows 101 recipes for tempeh? What about someone who prefers the calm of country life, while you thrive in the chaos of the city?