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For Love or Money

For Love or Money

How far would you go for fame and fortune? That’s the question we’re asking ourselves after Lauren Cleri’s appearance on The Moment of Truth.

The Closing Time Effect

We know, not that crazy a theory: You suddenly decide Marvin over in the corner is not so hideous come 2 am. But what’s behind it is kinda fascinating. In fact, it’s been studied and has birthed the term the “closing time effect.” Researchers surveyed bar patrons at various points throughout the evening and noted that respondents found others more attractive as the night progressed. No, it’s not a case of beer goggles. Says the eHarmony.com article:

Video: She Ain't Lion

Video: She Ain't Lion

A woman found an injured, malnourished lion that was near death. She took him home and took care of him. When the lion recovered, she called the local zoo to give him a proper home. This was the reaction she got when the lion saw her again for the first time.

In All the Wrong Places

Ahh, Craigslist. It's a great place to network on jobs, apartments and even a possible relationship, although that's really not my thing. If I were to do the "courting over the internet" thing I would prefer the Mercedes of mating sites like Match.com or Nerve or what not...and this is why.

Avoid the Midlife Crisis

A midlife crisis is the cause for: a) a shiny new sports car in the driveway b) your husband’s suspicious fascination with the new (younger) girl at work c) a divorce d) all of the above If you answered "d," you are correct! We all know that the first two answers are no-brainers, but a recent article in the Guardian newspaper reported that growing numbers of divorcing couples in the U.K. are citing "midlife crisis" as a cause for separation. In fact, ranks second, just behind extramarital affairs, for reasons for filing and has risen from just 2% in 2006 to 14% for 2007. So it might be worth it for you and your partner to avoid the middle-aged mayhem. It could save your marriage.

Politically Incorrect

Now when you’re single, ready to mingle and eyeing a prospective guy at a party, there are a couple of deal-breakers that are non-negotiable. Everybody knows the committment it takes to foster a relationship with differing strongly enforced religious beliefs, but what about politics? Could they be just as important to some?

Matchmaking Madness

A recent Northwestern University study revealed that what men and women say they want in a partner and what ultimately attracts them are two very different things. In other words: We’re bad matchmakers for ourselves, so why not leave it to someone else? Cue two online dating sites doing just that. If you care less about a man’s eye color and more about his love of Broadway shows or dogs, FastLife.com has just the single for you. Like other speed dating events, FastLifers meet each other in eight-minute cycles. The hitch? FastLife events are themed to ensure that participants meet others with specific traits, be that exercise freak, single parent or proud owner of a post-grad degree.

It's In His Kiss

It’s Monday A.M. You’re easing back into the week. We’ll keep this Love Buzz simple—but interesting. (No heady research or interpretive data this early in the morning!) A few smooch facts we stumbled upon at eHarmony.com: Men and women reported having kissed a similar number of people in their lives; 14 was the average number for both men and women?. About 50% of men would have sex without kissing their partner first; only 10% of women would do so. Men want to kiss someone based on their perception of facial attraction, women focus more on a man’s teeth in deciding if they would like to kiss him. Kissing seems to be more important before sex and much less so after.

New Use for Velcro: Dating

Based out of Finland, Aamu Song and Johan Olin— together known as COM-PA-NY— are the brains behind a product they describe as being "for lonely and bored people." They created Takkiainen, a jacket made out of Velcro for the purpose of facilitating human connection. "Since we brush each other by with our clothes everyday while moving around in the city, we can use our clothes as a medium for meeting people," posits COM-PA-NY. We're not so sure how popular this concept will be among the singles struck with ennui, but it sure brings a new meaning to "Let's stick together." COM-PA-NY also has an archive of other innovative and interesting pieces such as a pair of jeans with custom gloves built-in, the safety skirt to prevent accidental knicker-flashing and footwear with space to fit a child's feet on top to make those father-daughter dances a little easier.