April 26, 2019

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Is it Really Love or Something Else?

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Is it really love or is it something else? Sometimes what we think is love is actually something else entirely, and that something is not a good thing. Almost everyone has heard the quote “If you don’t love yourself you cannot love anyone else.” It really is true. If you love yourself you know what love looks like. You know how to treat people, and how you should be treated. You know what loving dialogue sounds like, and what demeaning dialogue sounds like.When you love yourself, you respect yourself. You also recognize disrespect right away and will not tolerate it.  You attract, and are attracted, to people who treat you with love. When you do not love yourself, you are insecure. You are attracted to people who make you feel insecure. You want to win their affections, but at the same time, feel unworthy of them....
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The Women in Your Life Are Probably Lying About Snoring

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It’s a good thing snoring isn’t a topic on dating apps because, as it turns out, women are more likely to lie about it.According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, while there was no evidence suggesting that snoring was more prevalent in one gender or the other, women were more likely to underreport that they snore.RELATED: How to Stop SnoringThe study included 1,913 patients referred to the study for sleep disorders, whose average age was 49. The participants were given a survey to assess their own snoring and were observed overnight by researchers. According to the study, 88 percent of the 675 women snored, but only 72 percent of the female participants actually admitted to snoring. On the other hand, men were more likely to overreport snoring — while 92.6 percent snored, 93.1 percent admitted to snoring, meaning that some of the male participants said they snored even when they didn’t....
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Is Your Girlfriend Jealous of Your Coworker? Here's What to Do

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It began with a few pointed questions, like, “Is she pretty?” And, “does she have a boyfriend?” But it has gradually progressed to the point where your S.O. is snooping on your phone to get intel on public enemy number one: your work wife.RELATED: How to Deal With Your Partner's JealousyOffice relationships — whether platonic or not — can be tricky, especially if you are a committed male and have a partner who is the jealous type.We asked marriage and family therapist Esther Boykin to help you identify if your GF is justified in being jealous of the person you work with so much you’re practically married, plus how to settle her fears and set boundaries in the office, if needed.Could your work wife relationship be moving into dangerous territory? If your romance radar is busted or offline during business hours, read on for key signs that you or your work wife may be crossing the line from friendship to something more, and how to handle it....
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Tell us: have you stayed in a relationship after a betrayal?

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Did you, or your partner, betray your relationship – whether through infidelity, financial dishonesty, secrecy or another kind of deception? Did you subsequently decide to remain together? We would like to hear from readers willing to share their stories of staying or getting back together after putting the event or situation behind you.Tell us about what happened and what motivated you both to stay together afterwards. Did it affect you and your partner differently? How has your relationship changed since? Tell us about any challenges you faced since deciding to stay together and how you overcame these. Perhaps you feel that it has changed your relationship for the better – either way, we’d like to hear about it....
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Not dead but gone: how a concussion changed my girlfriend's personality forever

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It’s strange the way that, in a crisis, your mind stops filming and starts taking polaroids; essential snapshots of sound and color and light you can hold at arm’s length afterward.There is the call from Gabrielle*, her voice frantic: I have been in an accident, please come, please come right now.There is me standing on the frozen street, staring at the car sprawled across two empty lanes with the driver’s side door crushed and hanging ajar, like an unfinished thought.There is the blood and hair, stuck to the inside of the window in the bitter, bitter January cold.There is a paramedic talking to me. There is red glass from busted tailgates strewn across the road, shimmering like hot coals as we get into the ambulance....
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Practical Steps to Overcoming a Stressful Work Environment

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If you’ve ever worked a 9-to-5 job, you’re probably familiar with the concept of the “Sunday scaries” – a common phenomenon that happens as the weekend dies down and Monday draws closer. For some people, the Sunday scaries is much more than simply being bummed out that the weekend is over. It can be extremely taxing and downright anxiety-inducing to face the office on Monday morning.RELATED:9 Ways to Stress-Proof Your JobMany people deal with severe anxiety because of the kind of relationship they’ve formed with their workplace. According to Dr. Bryan Bruno, Medical Director at Mid City TMS, when environments that are toxic – whether that’s a result of colleagues or too much work-related stress – heading into the office can cause elevated stress and anxiety in a lot of people. While anxiety can be hard to avoid when you have to work to sustain your livelihood, it’s not impossible to fix....
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Looking for Love? Your Odds Are Better in These States

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Looking to put a ring on it? Where you live (or travel to) might increase your chances, according to a new study.RELATED: Top 10: Reasons to Get MarriedUsing data acquired from two different U.S. agencies, AreaVibes put together a comprehensive map showing current marriage trends in “Mapping Marriage: A Geographic Look at Marriage in America,” and you might be surprised. Thinking your odds for marriage are higher in Hawaii or Nevada? You might want to think twice.“According to Pew Research Center, the U.S. marriage rate is right at 50 percent. However, two trends are starting to impact marriage statistics. First, people are waiting longer to marry,” says AreaVibes in its study. “Plus, people's attitudes toward getting married have changed through the years, since more adults are living with a partner instead of marrying, or raising children outside of marriage.”...
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Is Your Beard Giving Off Angry Vibes?

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Finding your coworkers are keeping their distance lately? Well, some of you can quit questioning your social skills and personal hygiene. It turns out, people may be treating you differently because of that beard you’re growing.RELATED:How to Grow and Maintain Your BeardThat’s the takeaway from new research coming out of Australia, which found that people are quicker to classify photos of bearded men as angry compared to clean-shaven men, suggesting that beards enhance the visual cues associated with anger recognition.The results have been published in this month's issue of Psychological Science.The beard is, of course, a classic symbol of masculinity in Western culture. Its comeback over the past decade has been well-covered, and it’s become one of the touchstones of men’s (and hipster) fashion alike. Despite claims that the beard is on the way out again, history is stacked against it ever disappearing altogether....
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These Abs Require Fewer Stomach Crunches

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Have you been thinking about being beach ready this summer? Good news — you don’t have to fit thousands of stomach crunches into your routine to get six-pack abs.RELATED: How to Get Six-Pack AbsGetting to the gym to work out can be the most difficult part of getting our bodies in shape. Fortunately, if it’s perfectly sculpted abs you’re after, you can skip some of the sit ups you had planned (and avoided). Instead, there’s a new plastic surgery procedure called abdominal etching that uses your existing belly fat to create those abs you see on everyone at the beach.Video of abdominal etching procedure.Researchers at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine came up with the new technique and published the study in the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. While it might sound similar to liposuction, which basically sucks the fat from your body, abdominal etching is a bit different. This ab-sculpting procedure uses similar vibrating tools to remove fat deposits and then sculpt multiple layers of the stomach fat to form the muscle lines — or six-pack for men (it’s three lines for women). The new lines, or abs, are maintained with strips of TopiFoam, which is a stomach binder that secures the TopiFoam compression....
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Make the World a Better Place on Your Next Vacation

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A vacation is all about good vibes, so why not spend yours sharing some of that goodness with those people and places who need it the most? A volunteer vacation can be an unforgettable, life-changing experience. From far-flung international destinations to domestic volunteering missions, there are endless trips for solo, family and group travelers to choose from.RELATED: Choices That Make You a Better Man“Voluntourism can be transformative for everyone involved,” explains Bill Wenzel, Ph.D, psychologist and co-founder of FLIP Society. “From a psychological perspective, volunteering in general, is a highly prosocial act that benefits others, as well as the person doing the volunteering.”...
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Here's What Those Job Euphemisms On Dating Apps Actually Mean

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Don’t be so quick to swipe left on dating apps: If you slow down and skim a little, there’s comedy gold to be found in the “occupation” section.We’ve all come across a “CEO at self-employed” (What does that even mean? Are you the co-founder of a successful-ish app... or someone hawking essential oils on Facebook as part of a pyramid scheme?), but that’s really just scratching the surface when it comes to dubious job descriptions.Some job euphemisms are specific to the region you live in, as comedy writer Jenny Jaffe recently pointed out on Twitter.The classics came pouring in: “I play make believe for a living,” writer Dana Schwartz contributed. (Relatedly, “storytellers” ― writers/video producers/etc. ― absolutely flood the market on both coasts.)...
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You Can Be “Nice” Or You Can Be Respected – But Not Both

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I spent the first two decades of my life always trying to be “nice” to everyone around me. You may have heard the term “Nice guys finish last” a few million times, and it’s true. Not just in dating, but in life.Why could this be?Have you ever described someone as being nice? When you do that, what are you really saying about them?Oh, he’s nice though.*Shrug* She’s nice I guess.“Nice” people typically are people-pleasers or those who don’t like to make waves.Besides that, it doesn’t really mean much of anything, because you probably don’t know much about the person since they are always doing what they think other people want them to do.Like the moon reflects the sun but doesn’t shine its own light, being nice simply shows us who you think we want you to be. It doesn’t show us what your own brightness looks like....
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Is Netflix killing sex, stopping us having babies – or neither? | Arwa Mahdawi

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It’s hard to keep up with the whole sex thing. One minute we are being told that dating apps have unleashed an epidemic of casual sex and millennials are hooking up willy-nilly. The next minute we are being told that technology has propelled us into a global sex recession – none of us can turn our screens off, so no one is getting it on. There seems to be a new article about the “decline of sex” every few days; the latest was courtesy of the Wall Street Journal, which recently argued that we are too busy binge-watching Netflix to bother bonking.This isn’t just kinky conjecture: the Journal has the stats to prove it. According to a poll commissioned by the paper, one in four adults in relationships have turned down sex with their partner in favour of streaming TV. Younger generations are more likely to eschew intimacy for entertainment – 36% of 18- to 38-year-olds said they had chosen streaming services over sex, compared with 16% of people over 39. Netflix and chill, it seems, has gone from being a spicy euphemism to a mundane descriptor....
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I feel intense guilt about not wanting to have sex

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I am a 22-year-old woman with no desire to have sex. I am terrified even thinking about it. I feel intense pressure/guilt about being a virgin due to the normality with which other people my age treat sex. I have been sexually assaulted by my father, so I know this is a big part of it, but I am afraid I won’t ever find a relationship that can last if I never want to have sex. Do I give up on dating? Date women instead? Or be a loner for ever?It is true that there is tremendous peer pressure on people your age to be sexual, but beyond that, given your history, I can understand your extreme discomfort and fearful self-questioning about “normality”. But one person’s “normal” is not necessarily the same as another’s. Right now, your “normal” would involve no sex at all, never even putting yourself in a situation where someone might act seductively. Allow yourself this and be kind to yourself about it. After the horrible betrayal of trust you have experienced, it is essential that you undergo a focused period of counselling and healing. Understand that wanting to avoid or to be in control of interpersonal relationships is necessary for you, and that this is not your fault; it is your abuser who has created such fear and distrust. In time, you will begin to feel safer and more able to form relationships and to find out who you are sexually....
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7 Typical Behaviors That Reveal Your Partner Has The Avoidant Attachment Style

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What Is Avoidant attachment style?Individuals with avoidant attachment style can’t establish close relationships with others. Actually, such people avoid becoming close to anyone and are incapable of maintaining healthy, long-lasting relationships. And the worst of all is that almost 25% of the people on a global scale, in couples or single, tend to have avoidant personalities.Reasons and symptoms of the avoidant attachment style:There are many reasons that could lead to developing such a personality. Yet the most common one is absent or abusive parents who neglect and/or harass their children emotionally. Domestic violence could also be a factor causing emotional detachment in the victim.Another important thing is that the avoidant attachment style could vary and there are different types of it....
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Startling Discovery? Weed Smokers Gain LESS Weight Than Non-Smokers

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A lot of weed smokers like their potato chips and pizza rolls — that’s no secret. What you probably didn’t know, however, is that despite their eating habits, they’re much less likely to be obese than those who don’t smoke marijuana.RELATED: The Ultimate Guide to CBD OilIn a recent study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, researchers found over a three-year period, that 33,000 participants gained weight during the study. Researchers of the National Epidemiologic Survey of Alcohol and Related Conditions study determined the weight differences by comparing the participants’ Body Mass Index and found that those who smoked weed, gained the fewest pounds.Co-author and assistant professor of family medicine, Dr. Omayma Alshaarawy, said "We found that users, even those who just started, were more likely to be at a normal, healthier weight and stay at that weight. “Only 15 percent of persistent users were considered obese compared to 20 percent of non-users."...
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From Lasers to Makeup, Five Ways to Erase That Tattoo You Regret

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“If I hate it, whatever. I’ll just get it removed.”It’s the one phrase every tattoo artist hates to hear because they (unlike the poor sap about to get the South Park cast across his chest) know that just like parenthood or a timeshare, once you commit to body art, getting out of it isn’t so easy. RELATED: Best and Worst Tattoo Trends“In 30 years of tattooing, I think the number one regret remains name tattoos,” says ink legend Paul Booth, who was dubbed “The New King of Rock Tattoos,” by Rolling Stone magazine. “Boyfriend/girlfriend names are a true jinx in my book. I still cover them up to this day.”Humans have been doodling on their bodies since the Neolithic era — Ötzi the Iceman has the oldest tattoo on record, dating back to the fourth millenium — and even back then, it’s a good bet that there was at least one caveman cringing over that woolly mammoth sketch that looked so cool at the time....
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Theatres Are Opening for 72 Hours to Meet “Avengers: Endgame” Demand

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Stressing about whether you’re going to manage to see “Avengers: Endgame” before the end of the month? AMC is here to ease your anxiety.RELATED: Finding Your Inner Super HeroThe cinema chain announced that 17 of its theaters across the United States would remain open all the way from Thursday, April 25 night through to Sunday, April 28 to meet the enormous demand to see the film. That is dedication.This announcement follows a rapid ticket pre-sale period, unlike any other. Deadline reports, that in its first seven days of pre-sales on Fandango, “Endgame” sold five times as many tickets as last year’s “Avengers: Infinity War.” Figures supplied to Deadline (not by Disney) indicate that advanced domestic ticket sales for the film could end up being anywhere between $120 and $140 million. Earlier in the month, the film blasted through the first-day advance ticket record set by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — that film wound up with an eventual pre-sale figure just north of $100 million....
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7 Steps to Spring Cleaning Your Smartphone

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We often think about our apartment or our wardrobe when we think of spring cleaning – and for good reason. It’s visually obvious when our space needs some sprucing up, and it feels amazing once we’ve cleaned out a neglected nook of the house. But what about digital clutter?RELATED: How to Spring Clean Your ClosetHave you ever noticed how much slower your phone has become since the first day you got it? Most people assume their tech simply gets slower with age, but have you ever taken a few minutes to actually groom your device? You probably have no idea how many photos, old text messages and useless apps you have lurking in your phone’s memory. Clean these up and you’ll be well on your way to a faster phone, and, surprisingly, a clearer mind....
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‘Netflix and Chill’ May Actually Kill Your Sex Life

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Not in the mood lately? Netflix might be to blame.Many of us are super familiar with the daily routine of snuggling up in front of a TV or computer monitor displaying that signature crimson red screen with bold white text. “Game of Thrones,” “Shameless,” “Supergirl,” “The Walking Dead” — or a thrilling romp in bed?RELATED: Best Hidden Gems on NetflixIt turns out, a lot of us are choosing video streaming, and the 21st-century meme of “Netflix and chill” might be responsible for killing your chances of scoring.According to The Wall Street Journal, some brutally honest members of the millennial generation, and even the upcoming Generation Z are now calling Netflix “the new birth control.”...
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I Went on a Dating App Game Show to Try and Find Love

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I have a folder of dating apps on my phone. Yes, a whole folder dedicated to my ongoing pursuit of … well, I’m not really sure. Love, sex, something remotely stable that doesn’t send me back to square one after just a few measly weeks, perhaps. I swipe right, I “like,” I press the heart, I take initiative, but that hasn’t exactly been enough.RELATED:Best Dating Apps for RelationshipsSo that’s why I figured I had nothing to lose by taking part in a dating show app. Quiz Date Live, a new way to find a partner that’s been advertised as a Tinder/HQ fusion, is a thing. It’s only been around for a few months now, unsure of how it’s actually staying afloat as I’d never heard of it before joining as a contestant. Upon creation, the show only featured bachelorettes on the app, inviting suitors to win a date every few days. As for me, I was Quiz Date Live’s very first LGBT contestant, so basically, I was tasked with seeing how many other gays I could lure off Grindr without the promise of a dick pic....
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5 Steps to Help Get Rid of Your Commitment Issues

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“When are you going to settle down?” is a question you’ve likely heard if you’re a bachelor approaching 30 years of age and beyond. It’s a tough question to answer, especially if you’ve noticed you tend to avoid it like the plague. Sure, it’s fine if you don’t feel you’re fully equipped for a serious commitment, but how do you know whether you’re not built for one or you’re just scared? If you are afraid of commitment, how do you get over that fear?Below, you’ll find 5 ways to help overcome your fear of commitment, as well as some ways to determine if being in a committed relationship is the right choice for you.1. Address What’s Causing Your FearYour fear of commitment could be a symptom of a larger issue. In order to address it head-on, Spike Spencer, a relationship author, neuro-linguistic programing coach and founder of Don’t Kill Your Date, believes you must ask yourself, “What are you really afraid of?”...
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‘You can love more than one person in your lifetime’: dating after a partner’s death

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Carole Henderson was only 40 when she lost her husband Kevin to skin cancer in 2006. As she struggled with the pain of her partner’s death, she found that her social life was beginning to disappear. “So many people didn’t know how to act around me or said silly, hurtful things.”Eighteen months on, she was ready to start dating again. “I had reached the point where I loved Kevin, but was no longer in love with him,” she says. “I wasn’t looking for a husband, but I was lonely and wanted to enjoy male company.”Having met Kevin when she was a teenager, however, she found jumping back into the dating pool a daunting experience. Many men were put off by the fact she had been widowed, too. She enjoyed a year-long relationship with another widower, but it wasn’t until 2012, six years after losing Kevin, that she started dating Ian, whom she has since married. They were friends before a relationship began to develop....
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How we met: ‘I was really lonely, very unhappy. He arrived and everything just changed’

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It was Pat’s broken elbow that first attracted Donald’s attention. He was a fourth-year medical student in Birmingham when Pat came to the fracture clinic. “Most of the patients who were coming through at that time of year were old ladies who had fallen over and broken their wrists on an icy pavement,” says Donald. “When Pat turned up with something a bit more spectacular, I thought: ‘I’ll examine that one, definitely.’”Pat says she had been having “a pretty miserable sort of life” – not least because the PhD she was doing into the respiratory effects of a nerve-gas attack wasn’t the cheeriest subject – but forced herself to get out and about. “On a Sunday, I went up Snowdon in a blizzard, with no crampons, determined to get to the top,” she says. “I slipped over and broke my elbow. I came down and went to the pub with everyone else. After the pub I went home in agony.” A junior doctor in A&E put her arm in a sling and, she says, it “set funny”....
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10 Ways to Spot a Narcissistic Guy on The First Date

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Every girl has her own vision of the perfect man that she wants to be with and the ‘narcissistic guy ’ is rarely the preferred choice. The same is valid for men and their vision of the perfect girl whose preferred qualities rarely include narcissism. Below are 10 ways to spot the narcissistic guy on the first date, but those could very well be applied to women as well.Remember that narcissism knows no gender.Contemporary scientists link the main symptoms of narcissism, such as grandiose sense of self-importance to the excessive use of social media as a medium where those symptoms present themselves. The causes, however, remain unknown, most likely they are rooted in negative childhood experiences....
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Why Do People Cheat? Cheaters explain why they just can’t stay faithful to their partners

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Sad as it sounds cheating is reason number one for break-ups and divorces nowadays. The most common definition of infidelity/cheating (or adultery when married), is the act of being unfaithful or having an affair while in a relationship or marriage. But in reality, it’s not clear where the harmless flirt ends and being unfaithful begins.What is acceptable depends on the expectations from the relationship and the level of tolerance for our partner’s closeness with others. That idea is also confirmed by a study from 2013 conducted at the University of Michigan. The participants were a group of college and university students who outlined 27 behaviors on a scale of 1-100. 1 on the scale indicated that the person didn’t think their partner’s suspicious behavior was cheating, while a score of 100 signaled for 100 percent cheating....
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How a non-believer found solace in the strange world of psychics

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I didn’t know what to do. I’d worn out my friends. My therapist was at a loss. I’d even asked my father to ask his rabbi for advice on my behalf.“She shouldn’t leave him because he’s sick,” the rabbi told my father. “And she shouldn’t stay with him because he’s sick.”And so around in a circle I went. Meanwhile, my fiance continued – as he liked to say with his characteristically black humor – to circle the drain.So when a friend of mine suggested that I see a psychic, I surprised myself by not immediately rejecting the idea. I’d always thought about psychics in the same vein as I did grapefruit and skydiving: fine for some, but not for me. I’m a lifelong admirer of both science and logic, and my concept of psychics was limited to the dubious crystal ball variety seen in movies. This was 2012, back when the wellness industry had not yet come along to gift psychic mediums with the gloss of respectability – they were seen largely as con artists, not “wellness coaches”....
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Your Behavior Around Your Mom Says a Whole Lot About You

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The trope of a person meeting their boyfriend's mother being a daunting experience is one that holds a fair amount of sway in pop culture.Perhaps not as much as meeting your girlfriend’s father, but nonetheless, there’s the impression — particularly in heterosexual relationships — that a parent will be more demanding (or less tolerant) of a romantic partner for their child who’s the same gender as they are. As a result, the notion of a man’s relationship with his mother is one that comes under some scrutiny. Is he too close to her? Too distant? Does he let her coddle him? Does he yell at her and treat her like a servant?RELATED: Best Mother’s Day Gifts to Treat Your Mother WithWomen also look to men’s relationships with their mothers as an indicator of other enduring facets of his personality. That may or may not be fair (or accurate, for that matter), but if you’re introducing your partner to your mother, it’s something that might not hurt to keep in mind....
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Here’s Why Every Guy Should Try Going Vegetarian

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It’s well-known in the manliest circles that plants — you know, those frail and flimsy green things that grow out of the ground — don’t belong in a real man’s diet. Real men eat meat — preferably red meat — and tough, starchy carbohydrates. For real men, “fries or salad” isn’t a question so much as a subtle diss; leafy greens are rabbit food; the culinary province of wimps and losers, and eating a meal entirely without meat? Unthinkable. If no blood was shed for your meal, are you even really eating?At least, that’s the mentality for many men in much of Western society, and it’s a mentality that’s hyper-prevalent in America. (It’s even a TV trope!) But aligning what we eat with narrow, finicky notions of what men can and can’t do is trickier than it might seem — and it can have consequences. For starters, diets high in red and processed meats are deeply unhealthy for those consuming them. And then there’s the massive impact on the environment that meat-heavy diets have, too....
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The Unique Benefits of Being in a Poly Relationship

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Interested in multiple partners? It turns out, there are some unique benefits.While those who are polyamorous and prefer having multiple relationships at the same time are often seen as having the best of all worlds, according to a new study at York University’s Faculty of Health, it comes with more than one perk.RELATED:Best Dating Apps for RelationshipsAmy Muise, co-author and assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, and Rhonda Balzarini, lead author and postdoctoral Fellow, studied people in polyamorous (those in consensually non-monogamous relationships) and monogamous relationships for levels of nurturance and eroticism. Surprisingly, the research showed that those with multiple partners experienced more eroticism and nurturance than those practicing monogamy. Not only that, the polyamorous actually reported greater levels of sexual satisfaction and a higher sense of closeness with their partners, despite having more than one....
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Breaking up is hard to do – divorce reforms would make it easier

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I would like to be taught how to fight. Not boxing or karate or anything you need a costume for, just lessons in common basic argument, between people who love each other. New York magazine interviewed a collection of couples, asking what they wish their partner would say in a fight. “What I need him to say is: ‘Yes, [my family] are assholes and they are snobs and I can’t imagine how much it sucks to hang out with them when you’re not biologically obligated to, but please, I need you there with me, and I’ll buy you a huge thank-you present for it.’” I wanted a stream of these truths, hooked straight to a vein. “She said I was disempowering her in front of her children and taking her voice away. I wish she said: ‘Shit, you know what? You’re right. I took it too far. I’ll check myself next time.’” MORE. “I just snapped. I said, ‘If I miscarry, it’s because you didn’t take good care of me.’ He was, like, ‘You are awful. Listen to what you just said…’ I wanted him to say, ‘Jesus Christ, get off your feet right now. You’re not lifting a finger until we know this pregnancy is healthy. I forbid you from taking any risks because I love you and our future baby too much.’” Raw, irrational, so real they sting like menthol shower gel, and reason enough, if more reason was needed, to question why we tie ourselves together, and in knots, and forever....
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My oldest friend is invading my space – now even at work | Dear Mariella

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The dilemmaI have a good friend I have known since before I could walk. We were at school and college together and share many friends. Our parents and older siblings are friends, too. We also lived together for years, although I moved out recently. This woman is charming, charismatic, very clever and funny. She lights up a room. But over the past few years, I have found her increasingly difficult. She dominates every social situation. But because we’re considered a double act and I am more introverted, I feel like the lesser of two halves. I find myself shrinking. She constantly repeats things I’ve told her in confidence. From when I was young, she’s put down friends I make independently of her. Now I have just found out she wants to apply for a job where I work. I’m very upset. It’s a small company and we’d have to work together closely. I know this would be toxic. When we lived together, I poured a lot of energy into work. That space felt untouchable. Now she’s trying to move in on it and I feel very angry....
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My wife and I are stuck in a passion-free routine – and I’m very happy | Romesh Ranganathan

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When my wife and I promised the rest of our lives to each other, I doubt either of us suspected that life would involve quite so much TV. I am working long hours at the moment, and every day I call my wife and say something along the lines of: “When I get home, shall we just snuggle up and watch something?” She agrees, then when I get in we spend some time saying things like: “It’s just nice to spend some quality time together, isn’t it?”, ignoring the fact that we have just decided to stare in the same direction for a few hours before going to sleep. That sleep will involve two minutes of us pretending to want to cuddle before one of us executes a subtle reshuffle that frees us from each other. And so it will continue till one of us dies. I say “one of us”, but I have Sri Lankan heart manufacturing, so it will almost certainly be me....
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Blind date: ‘We talked about her pet lizard’

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What were you hoping for? Someone I had a genuine connection with and would enjoy spending time with. First impressions? Very easy to chat to, with a warm, inviting personality to match. She instantly put me at ease.What did you talk about? A bunch of different things ranging from family, tattoos, music and theatre tastes. Oh, and her pet lizard. We left no stone unturned.Any awkward moments? We were initially seated at different tables and there was a bit of awkwardness finding out we were actually there to meet each other.Good table manners? Finger food was ordered and we both did a good job of keeping everything clean and tidy.Best thing about Ciera? When she told me her favourite Shakespeare play was Much Ado About Nothing, I did melt a little inside. I also loved her honesty. She ticked a lot of my boxes....
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I am depressed about the world my grandchildren are inheriting

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I’m in my early 70s and have four beautiful grandchildren in their teens. I am so depressed about the world they are growing up in. I know life has to go in cycles and being despondent never helps, but when I try to look on the bright side I feel I’m pretending. I don’t think I’m depressed– my life is good, enough money, good health, loving husband, friends and plenty to keep me busy. How can I make the pretence feel real?It’s great you care about what’s going on around you, and I don’t think you should pretend otherwise. We all need to care a hell of a lot. But I understand that’s not what you’re asking. It’s about how to really feel everything is going to be OK. Some days, that’s a tall order, isn’t it? But perhaps the more realistic quest is to find a way to care, stay engaged and not tip over into a feeling of inevitability and inertia....
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How I learned saintly patience (or not) | Coco Khan

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It is exhausting to hold a grudge; to lug it around, a heavy bag of something unresolved, a tote of trauma. Better to find a resolution, or walk away, but hey – a grudge sure does make for a great girls’ night in.There’s nothing quite like curling up with your pals, plotting the downfall of those who’ve slighted you. It’s no help for serious issues but for the small stuff – the petty infractions by loved ones and acquaintances, – catharsis can be found in vino and vengeance (both served cold and disproportionately large).For example, as an insomniac, I was looking forward to my night in alone. But in the darkness, I heard a clattering. I investigated, finding my half-cut boyfriend in a heap on the sofa. Slouched and slurring, his hair wild and eyes glazed, no longer my beloved but some kind of woodland gremlin. “There he is,” said my internal David Attenborough voice. “The legless extremis of the homosapiens.” I put him to bed, pulling off his shoes and praying for a sleep without brain-penetrating, gloating snores. (“I’m asleep! And you’re not,” they say.) It was a prayer left unanswered....
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My boyfriend is richer than me, and I worry I’m holding him back

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My partner is 33 and I am 23. We intend to get a house, marry and have children. My issue is money. I have a low-paid, non-graduate job, but with my degree subject, I struggle to get interviews. I have little savings. My boyfriendis financially and emotionally ready to put a deposit on a house. He says I should only contribute a few thousand as we are unequal financially. I feel like a sponge who can’t pay her way. I do my best and do not waste money, yet I feel helpless and embarrassed. I can’t hold him back, but can’t contribute what I want to. I’m not even sure I can save the amount he asks of me.When leaving a message on this page, please be sensitive to the fact that you are responding to a real person in the grip of a real-life dilemma, who wrote to Private Lives asking for help, and may well view your comments here. Please consider especially how your words or the tone of your message could be perceived by someone in this situation, and be aware that comments that appear to be disruptive or disrespectful to the individual concerned will be removed....
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8 best dating websites that will help you find the perfect match

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With the rise of dating apps, it can be all too easy to forget that the path to true love isn’t necessarily just a swipe away. In fact, it might be a matter of clicks.Those with a penchant for the old fashioned rituals of dating might choose to trade in the likes of Bumble, Tinder and Hinge for something a little more nostalgic. Enter, dating websites.Sure, it’s still a digital way of dating as opposed to a real life one, but who actually does that anymore? Unless you are one of those people who just happens to make a genuine connection in the supermarket (think: he takes the last, slightly oblong, aubergine, so you make a flirty joke), it’s actually really rather tricky to find what you’re looking for in a partner by roaming the streets....
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My life in sex: the woman with HPV

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I have HPV – the human papillomavirus. Infections are common, but the strains I have mean that I’ve had to visit a specialist seven times in the last two months. I’m now at risk of cervical cancer, so have had to undergo a smear test, colonoscopy and multiple biopsies – all of which were very uncomfortable. I have genital warts, which are painful, and which didn’t respond to a topical solution or being burnt off with acid. Eventually I had to have them frozen with liquid nitrogen.The pain is almost gone now, but I will have to be examined twice a year, which will no doubt bring the emotions flooding back.The whole thing has been very embarrassing. I’ve felt judged – even by the doctors and nurses who’ve treated me – and too ashamed to tell friends. I don’t feel sexual or sexy; I feel ugly – and stupid for never having heard about HPV before this....
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Here’s Why Smoking Weed Makes Sex So Great

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Stoned sex is a heightened experience, to say the least. While seasoned smokers integrate cannabis into their sex and love lives whenever the mood strikes, if you’re new to having sex high, welcome. Both the cannabis plant and your genitals agree that you deserve nothing short of the best stoned sex experience possible. Read on (a joint in hand is encouraged) to learn everything you need to know about boning and bud.Cannabis is known to enhance our senses, so when we’re getting it on under Mary Jane’s influence, everything is amplified. “All of your senses are heightened and that sense of touch and feel and connection is one hundred percent activated,” says Dr. Lakisha Jenkins, a traditional naturopath, registered herbalist and expert in the endogenous cannabinoid system. Not sure what that is? Well, the endogenous cannabinoid system is one of our body’s most crucial physiological systems. Yes, it’s named after the plant, and yes we have a built-in system for cannabis use. Rad, huh?...
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Are You Wasting Your Time & Effort in the Gym?

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How often do you go to the gym? What sort of routine or regimes to do you follow? Are you hydrating enough? There are handfuls of factors to take into consideration when optimizing your habits. You may think you know the optimal answers here – we did too – but as it turns out, a lot of our common gym practices may not actually be working in our favor.RELATED:Best Chest Workout RoutinesWe spoke to trainers to see what the most common fitness mistakes are – and frankly, their answers may surprise you. Here’s what you should – and shouldn’t – be doing at the gym.According to Eric Bowling, a NASM-certified personal trainer from Ultimate Performance Los Angeles, there is a common misconception that only heavy weight builds muscle and light weights burn more fat....
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Bedroom confidential: what sex therapists hear from the couch

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Denise Knowles, a sex and relationship therapist with the charity Relate, says patients often say to her: “There are so many options, I don’t know where to start.” Thirty years ago, Knowles was mostly approached with physical problems: erectile dysfunction, painful intercourse, issues with ejaculation. Now she describes the scope of her work as “bio-psycho-social”. That is to say, everything has got a lot more complicated.“I think it has gone from being very much: ‘This is the problem; this is how we resolve it,’ to: ‘How do we approach sex? What does it mean to you? How does it fit into the relationship, and how have you got to this place?’” She laughs. “Then we can start to deal with it.”...
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CBD-Infused Burgers Are Coming - Here’s Where You Can Get One

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Making history for all the right reasons, Carl's Jr. will be going down in record books for being the first major fast-food restaurant chain to sell a cannabis-infused burger.RELATED: How to Use CBD in Your Daily RoutineYes, you read that right. It’s a burger containing a bit of everyone's favorite recreational drug, and fast food giant, Carl’s Jr. will be slinging the burgers as early as April 20 of this year. For those who don't study the calendar, or who aren't quite up to date on their stoner holidays, April 20 (also known as 4/20) is a holy day for those who like to get high on the regular.There's just one catch, and it could be a major bummer, man. There's only one location that's offering this burger and it's in Denver, Colorado. In a recent tweet, the burger and fry barons gave their followers a bit of a coded shout-out, encouraging locals to come try out the new release....
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10 Insane Sex Records You’ll Wish You Could Beat

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There’s a decent chance you know a few of your own sex statistics: how many partners you’ve had, the most times you’ve orgasmed in a day or the exact dimensions of your genitalia.As much as the heated passion of sexual arousal and the cold, calculating search for knowledge and facts might seem like they’re at odds with each other, since sex is such an important and fascinating part of life, people have historically sought to learn about it from a more analytical perspective. That’s where the concept of sex records comes in. And no, not songs to have sex to — we’re talking about world records (think biggest, fastest and best).RELATED: All the Sex Slang You Need to KnowWell, best is harder to nail down as one person’s dream sex could easily be another person’s nightmare. But when it comes to objectively measurable statistics, you’re not the only person who’s curious....
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Are They Ready for a Relationship?

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Are they ready for a relationship? You may want them to be, and they may even say they are, but how can you tell? People often talk the talk, but do not back it up with action. They say the right things and make you believe they really want to be in a relationship. They can waste your time, and break your heart if you are not careful.So how can you tell if they are really ready to be in a healthy relationship, as opposed to a dysfunctional one? Here are some signs they are ready for a relationship, and the flip side, that they are not.1. If they are open about their feelings, and are not afraid to show vulnerability, then that is a good indication they are ready for a relationship. If they keep their feelings to themselves, and think being vulnerable is a sign of weakness, they are more than likely not ready for the kind of healthy, loving relationship you are....
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7 'Outdated' Dating Rules We Should Bring Back

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Old-timey dating rules get a bad rap for good reason. They tend to propagate silly, non-feminist notions about finding love: “Wait for him to ask you out. A lady never makes the first move.” “Follow the three-day rule: Don’t contact your date until three whole days have passed.”But the truth is, not all of the advice that dating columnists foisted on singles back in the day was bad. Read a handful of these “rules” (clearly not the ones mentioned above), and you might just find a juicy little nugget of wisdom that can be applied to your dating life.Below, we talk to four dating coaches about what old-school dating expectations are worth bringing back today.Let’s all commit to being more chivalrous and mannerly while dating: Open the door for each other, don’t talk over one another, text after the date to make sure the other person got home safely, always call when you say you will....
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Military Skills for Your Personal and Professional Life

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Those of us who haven’t served in the military might never fully understand the weight of what serving one’s country means. Still, it’s fascinating to hear the stories and the wisdom that veterans have gained from their time in the service — and how those experiences impact their everyday lives.RELATED:Executives Share Their Best Career Advice for 2019It turns out there are countless lessons and skills that veterans have taken from their military service that translate into everyday lives, no matter your personal or professional status. With that in mind we asked veterans, from a range of backgrounds, to share the most important lessons they learned in the military and how those skills can help anyone tackle real life....
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These Animals Could Get You More Messages on Your Dating App

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Crafting the perfect dating profile isn’t an easy feat.You want to make sure it’s optimized for the largest group of people possible, highlighting not just your looks, but your personality and interests as well. Any little thing helps, meaning your array of photos should include more than just a headshot (and shouldn’t be stacked with group hangouts where it’s hard to decipher who you actually are).RELATED: How to Write an Online Dating ProfileShow you’re an individual! Show your fun side! Show… your love of dogs, cats or snakes, perhaps. Our friends over at Zoosk did some digging, pulling exclusive data from 15,314,690 photos(!) that hints at the inclusion of certain animals in profile pictures of both men and women making a difference in terms of meeting new people on the app. Sure, rolling around with an adorable little puppy probably appeals to a certain audience, but in reality, showcasing a hamster will actually increase your inbound messages the most — by 351 percent, to be exact....
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You’ll Never Guess Which Childhood Fears Continue Into Adulthood

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Do you feel safer at night with a light on? It turns out, a lot of men do.From boys to men, sometimes it isn’t easy expressing emotions, particularly fear. Discussing what terrifies you might not come naturally to the most stoic dudes, who may prefer talking about their favorite beer than about what strikes fear into their hearts. After all, what would your friends think?RELATED:Everything You Need to Know About Being Emotionally UnavailableAs it turns out, your friends are probably deathly afraid of something too. Sofary surveyed 980 adults between the ages of 21 and 72. The results suggest that both boys and men have many deep-seated anxieties that they don't commonly express.Given that Sofary is a purveyor of luxury lighting products, it may come as no surprise that the number one fear that they found, for both boys and girls, is a fear of the dark....
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Budweiser Releases ‘Lunar’ Beer

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How do you celebrate a fete as epic as landing on the moon? With a special beer, of course.RELATED:Beer-Infused Pork Is Coming From BudwesierTo commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing of July 20, 1969, Budweiser has released a limited-edition red lager called Discovery Reserve. But this isn’t just your regular Bud with a fancy name. According to Budweiser’s news release, it’s made of a “medium-roast barley malt … with a hint of toffee and a sharp finish.” Plus, the brew recipe was created with the help of Brewmaster and former U.S. Air Force captain, Karissa Norrington.Norrington told Forbes, “The Moon landing is such an iconic showing of the American spirit and determination, and with Discovery Reserve we are honoring both where we’ve been and where we’re going.”...
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5 Aspects of Communicating Guys Tend to Struggle With

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There's a common perception that men communicate differently than women in life, but especially in their relationships, regardless of who they’re dating..Whether that’s true or not, it’s fair to say that some guys could stand to benefit from a little communication upgrade. Beyond just helping you iron out disagreements and misunderstandings, becoming a better communicator can seriously improve your connections with the people already in your life and the people you’ll meet going forward — and it might even improve how you communicate with yourself.RELATED: How to Communicate With WomenWith that in mind, here are five misconceptions about communicating that many men still have (and could stand to improve on) — along with quotes from real women on what they wish men knew about the issue....
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Can you really stay close friends with an ex? Meet the people who have

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My ex is one of my closest friends. We split seven years ago after a two-year relationship, but we, and our families, are still close. She even organised my last birthday party. And it seems I’m not alone – everywhere you look, from Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s “conscious uncoupling” to Prince Andrew and Fergie’s rumoured cohabitation and “friends with benefits” situation, to actor Michael Sheen’s ex Kate Beckinsale comforting him through his latest breakup, people who were once romantically involved have renegotiated their relationships and become friends instead.No one pretends it’s easy. “A breakup can be worse than a bereavement,” says Miles Pulver, a relationship therapist. “When someone has died, they are gone for ever, whereas with an ex they’re still alive and may be with someone else. You have to grieve the loss and watch them move on without you.” Perhaps this is why, he says, so many people are determined to remain friends. “We have an attachment system within us which means we need to stay close to people and resist unbonding.” In my case, that resistance involved a bereavement (of my mother), a conscious unbonding (six months of my ex travelling abroad) and certainly no “benefits” – except the occasional family dinner. It’s a situation that still confounds our mutual friends, with reactions ranging from envy to disbelief, but it works for us....
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Want a larger penis? Then your problems may be upstairs, not downstairs | Tom Usher

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A massive penis please. That’s most guys’ answer to a question many of us have at least thought about before: what part of your body would you like to surgically improve, and how?I remember when there was a rumour went round that Peter Andre had undergone plastic surgery on his abs to make them as pristinely popping as they were in the Mysterious Girl video, and I remember even then, as an eight-year-old boy barely aware of anything except strawberry laces and Arsenal goalkeeper kits, thinking: “Why did he do that when he could’ve got a massive penis instead?”Since growing up, I’ve thought about penis enlargement, in a vague “I’d like to learn another language one day” kind of way. As a man who has seen porn on the internet, it’s hard to escape two things: the size of the performers’ penises and the penis enlargement ads displayed on the side. You can’t help but think: “Do I need to have a veined saveloy for a penis?”...
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Kit Harington Almost Walked Away From Filming ‘Game of Thrones‘ With One Less Testicle

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“You know nothing, Jon Snow.”Well, it appears that actor Kit Harington, the actor who plays Jon Snow in HBO’s Game of Thrones, knows at least one thing – he almost lost a part of his male anatomy while filming one of the most thrilling scenes of Season 8 so far.RELATED: 'Game of Thrones' Beer is ComingIn the epic scene of the new (and final) season’s premiere, Jon Snow takes to the skies with his lady love (and cousin) Daenerys Targaryen. The ex-King in the North, Jon Snow, fearlessly rides the dragon Rhaegal. Jon Snow holds on for dear life while Khaleesi soars next to him effortlessly across a wintery wonderland. The whole scene conjures up a sense of wonder, romance, high fantasy, and even a bit of laughter....
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What You Want Your Condoms to Taste Like

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If you’re perusing around the aisles of your local convenience store for some condoms, what do you look for? Does brand stand out most? How about texture or sizing? Are you a colors guy? How about … flavors?Yes, if you weren’t already aware, flavored condoms are in fact a thing, and if you want your rubbers to have an overly fruity scent of something like strawberries or bananas, you sure as hell can.But do people actually like flavored condoms? We aimed to find that out.RELATED:Easy-to-Use Condom Subscription Services to Strip Away the Awkward CheckoutAskMen polled over 1,600 people from February 1 to February 28 for its Magnum-Sized Condom Survey, discovering some very interesting things in relation to men and the flavors their rubbers come in. As it turns out, an overwhelming amount of participants stick to the basics, with 84 percent saying “flavored condoms are not my thing.”...
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NASA Needs You to Start Measuring Trees - Here's Why

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NASA needs you. Not to fly to the Moon or to Mars, but to measure trees.It’s true. The space agency has created an app for “citizen scientists” (that means you) to measure local saplings, conifers and evergreens. Why? To aid the ICESat-2 satellite, of course.RELATED: An Astronaut's Guide to Life on EarthUsing an instrument called ATLAS, the ICESat-2 estimates the height of trees from space (along with the elevation of sea ice, land ice, ocean and inland water). But how are accurate are those measurements? That’s where you come in.So why does NASA, with its approximately $21 million budget, need you? Well, to gather those measurements, the ICESat-2 (launched in September 2018) uses the ATLAS instrument to shoot 60,000 pulses of light at the Earth’s surface every second. On The Verge, Project scientist Tom Neumann likens it to a “laser in space.” But since NASA isn’t set on the accuracy of these measurements they need a little help verifying the data....
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A Guy Hired A Drag Queen on Cameo to Break Up With His BF

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Cameo, a video service that allows regular folks to request personalized shoutouts from celebrities (for a cost, of course), was just used for the most savage reason possible.Monet X Change, winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars 4,” recently threw a video up on Twitter that showcased her drag sister, Bob the Drag Queen. Unfortunately, Bob wasn’t performing at a recent show or doing stand-up, nor was it a recap of Bob’s journey to the “Drag Race” crown. Instead, she was seated, tasked with delivering a cold-hearted break-up message to someone whose boyfriend thought this was the best way to break the news that their relationship was over.RELATED:This New Beer Is Gay, But You Don't Have to Be to Enjoy It...
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I love ogling women and looking at porn. Am I addicted?

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I want to find out if I’m addicted to women. I used to spend up to one and a half hours a day looking for women in underwear on Instagram, and looking for videos on pornography websites so I could stimulate myself. I would do this every day; is that normal male behaviour or the sign of an addiction? I have a girlfriend and really love her, but find it difficult not to look at other women when we are walking together on the street, for example.I prefer to use the term “sexual compulsion” rather than “addiction”, because unlike many other things to which one can become addicted, sex is essentially a healthy activity. But some people compulsively engage in so much sex that it has a detrimental effect on their life, work or relationship. However, from what you say, I do not see that this is a significant problem for you. In fact, your interest in women and style of masturbation seem normal and common for a young man – and you are far from the only person in the world who has to try hard to not be caught ogling someone attractive while walking on the street with a girlfriend or boyfriend. You have asked an important question, though, and if your obsession with sex and compulsion to use porn escalated to the point where they were taking up many more hours and causing real problems in your life generally, that would be the time to take steps to get them under control....
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How we met: ‘She told me her rabbits were married. It was the most ridiculous thing I’d ever heard’

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Once her rabbits had moved in with Richard, it was only a matter of weeks before Keely followed. “There was no reason to go home,” she says. Keely lived 40 miles away, but she was spending most of her time at Richard’s house.They met in June 2017 through a dating app; Keely had posted “climbing buddy wanted”. “I just jumped at it and sent her a résumé of all my climbing achievements,” says Richard. “There were a lot of videos of Rich climbing things,” says Keely. “Yeah,” says Richard with a laugh. “Topless.” They are one of those gloriously good-looking and athletic couples, constantly laughing and teasing each other.They arranged to go out on Friday night. “You know when you’re like ‘Ugh, I’m not sure I should bother’?” says Keely. But she didn’t want to let him down. “Oh my God,” he says. “The truth is coming out now.”...
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Virgin territory: why the Japanese are turning their backs on sex | Roland Kelts

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The grounds of Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park have been colonised by beautiful youth: women and men beneath the cherry blossoms surrounded by bottles of wine, sake and shochu, cases of beer and plastic bags stuffed with finger foods – drinking, playing games and sharing smartphone screens as the buds bloom and fall.Hanami (flower-viewing) parties are a centuries-old rite of spring, a national symbol of life’s beauty and brevity. But as I walk by them this month, I can’t help but wonder if any of the pink-faced revellers are hooking up, or even care enough to try.“Sexless Japan” is now a reliable media meme. Bolstered by a plummeting birth rate and an ageing population (leading to dire predictions of a future Japan devoid of Japanese), this portrait of the nation’s celibate society has been further enhanced by a paradox: Japan’s cultural imagination is embedded with erotic imagery, from 17th-century shunga woodblock prints to what non-Japanese today often mistakenly call hentai (perverse) pornographic manga and anime. The sex lives of the Japanese, the story goes, have been almost entirely sublimated....
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How I found the strength to call off my engagement and embrace a single life

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I am about to sell my engagement ring, more than 15 years after the proposal. It has been sitting in a drawer, largely forgotten, although from time to time I have taken it out and thought about how different my life would be if that ring had seen a wedding day.Soon after I graduated, rishtas (an Urdu word commonly used for suitors) would descend on my parents’ house for an afternoon of samosas, chai – and marriage discussions. I cringed at being introduced to potential partners this way, having their entire families over and feeling all eyes on me. It felt like such a parade, and so artificial.Then, with a few faulty rishtas behind me, one greyish morning I made my way to a demo in London. Here, by chance, I met a man who seemed nice. He got in touch with me afterwards and said he liked me, too. It felt so natural and exciting. Most of all, it was a welcome leap away from matchmaking aunties and awkward meetings....
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4 Things You Should Know If Your Ex Has Moved On Already

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Breakups might seem like singular moments in time — a single text message, a handful of words, a short conversation — but the pain of a breakup can span much longer. The time it takes to go from the first realization that things are going to end until the last pang of sadness you feel from missing your ex can be months, years or even decades, depending on the seriousness and duration of the relationship.One of the toughest parts of a breakup is when your ex moves on. Of course, without direct access to their thoughts and feelings, you can never know for sure, but there’s usually a moment when you sense that they’re finally over you (or has begun the process of moving on).RELATED: How to Recover From a Breakup...
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Spring Is In The Air, and So Is the Smell of Semen and Puke

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You step outside and take a long deep breath. And then wonder, wait — is that smell … semen?For many people, the promise of blooming flowers, green grass, and the sun's warmth, may also bring with it another pungent odor.RELATED: FAQ on SemenThe smell of semen. Yes, believe it or not, a common flower can actually transmit the aroma of cum. Found in many urban centers in the United States, the pyrus calleryana – more frequently called the callery pear – leads to a lingering stink of (sex).The fact that a tree can produce the kind of aroma reminding us of our last hookup is fairly impressive. But as it turns out, while the memories might be great, the odor isn’t exactly everyone’s favorite. According to Motherboard, it also resembles fish or rotting flesh....
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Your Beard Is Probably Germier Than Your Dog

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Ever wonder what kinds of germs you’re rubbing all over your face when you nuzzle your best dog buddy? It turns out, it’s probably less germy than the beard on your face.RELATED: How to Grow and Maintain Your BeardResearchers in the Hirslanden Clinic in Switzerland examined the beards of 18 men and the necks of 30 dogs of different breeds to compare results. While the study was initially to determine whether or not humans could pick up dog-borne diseases from MRI scanners also used by veterinarians, they found some different, alarming news. Every beard sampled in the research was jam-packed with bacteria. Even worse, nearly half of the beards in the research had bugs that are hazardous to human health. Of the 18 men tested, seven of the men’s beards were actually harboring microbes considered to pose a threat to human health....
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How to Effectively Stimulate a Man’s Nipples

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Men may not have breasts, but they certainly have nipples. Yet, for some reason, they just don’t carry the same cachet as a woman’s. Unfortunately, little research on nipple stimulation has been published, especially on men.The research that has been done (the most enlightening dates back to 2006) found that only 17 percent of men have had their nipples played with during sex, compared to 59 percent of women. Considering 52 percent of men and 82 percent of women say nipple stimulation causes sexual arousal, it seems men are getting the short end of the stick. This research also noted that 78 percent of women and 40 percent of men agree on nipple stimulation increasing sexual arousal. Only seven percent of men and women believe the opposite. So what’s so wrong with men’s nipples? Nothing at all. This ignorance is basically born from a lack of proper education....
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The Official AskMen Guide to Giving the Perfect Best Man Speech

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Among the many traditions lurking in the maze of wedding planning is the infamous best man speech. Before even proceeding to the question of what’s to be said, the groom must first decide who among his friends and family members is the right person to deliver it.Should it be his childhood best friend? His brother? A close cousin? Or the guy he actually spends most of his time with these days? It may be best to opt for a writer friend, perhaps, or an actor friend; someone with actual public speaking experience?RELATED: What to Wear to a Wedding, ExplainedRegardless of who gets chosen, if it’s you, you’re probably stressing out right now. Public speaking is incredibly nerve-racking for a lot of people. Depending on the size of the wedding, you might be tasked with speaking in front of everyone ranging from close friends and family to legions of complete strangers....
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How to use a condom

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There are two types of condoms: external, which go on the penis, and internal, which can be used vaginally or anally. Make sure they are in date and have a quality mark on them – and carry more than one, in case you put it on wrong and have to throw it away. (It may get some pre-ejaculate – the fluid that is released from the penis prior to ejaculation – on it, which may contain sperm. There is an STI transmission risk, too.)Put the condom on the penis before it goes near where you want to put it. The penis must be fully erect. If you have a foreskin, you may find it more comfortable if you pull it back first. Make sure the condom is the right way round. Squeeze the air out of the tip, then gently roll the condom down the penis, far enough to get a good grip. Anything oil- or fat-based will “eat” a latex condom, so use a water-based lubricant. Wash your hands if you have been eating anything greasy....
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I can’t face retiring with my angry husband, so I’ve started an affair | Dear Mariella

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The dilemmaI’ve been married for nearly 30 years to a guy who is outwardly kind and gentle. Our grown-up kids left home five or so years ago. Although my husband is reserved in public, he has a bad temper with me and is constantly critical. As he gets older, he seems to become more controlling and angrier. Now in my 60s, I’m worn out with petty arguments and can’t face retirement with him. He is already retired and wants me to do the same.My way of coping involves having a secret, long-term (and very loving) relationship with a man who lives far enough away not to be a threat. This man has made it clear he doesn’t intend ever to leave his partner and has always been honest about this. I also spend too much on clothes, books and cosmetics to cheer myself up....
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Uncovering Your Authentic Self

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This past week I presented a workshop on finding your authentic self with my trusted sidekick, my mom. I received so much feedback and requests from those who weren’t able to make it that I figured, why not turn our discussion into this week’s blog!It was our intention for this workshop to provide concrete practices, which we all can incorporate into our lives, to truly tap into those amazingly, unique people who we really are.I have a soft spot in my heart for this workshop, as it wasn’t too long ago that I felt completely disconnected from my real self. Nothing in my external life was matching my innermost desires, and it left me feeling anxious, sad, frustrated, misunderstood, lonely and sometimes even, depressed. It makes perfect sense that I would feel that way. I wasn’t being true to who I really was, and I was completely ignoring the real me....
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Blind date: ‘I successfully acquired her phone number’

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What were you hoping for? I’ve never been on a blind date before, so I guess first and foremost I hoped not to embarrass myself. I wanted what everyone wants from a first date: instant chemistry and top-notch chat.First impressions? I fancied her. Nice work, Blind Date.What did you talk about? We compared embarrassing date stories, our upbringings in secluded towns and how we are both cat people.Any awkward moments? Only when I instinctively said, “Oh dear, I don’t know,” just as my mum would, during the occasional moment of silence.Good table manners? Yes.Best thing about Emily? She laughed at my jokes, even though they weren’t funny.Would you introduce her to your friends? Not on purpose....
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My dying grandfather has confessed to a string of affairs and a love child

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I count myself lucky – I am in my 30s and my parents are still together. My grandparents were married for many decades until my grandmother died suddenly. I have had fantastic role models when it comes to relationships. Then something happened that shocked me.My grandfather was recently diagnosed with a fatal illness, and one day he decided to confess certain things to me. We have always been close, and I guess he felt he couldn’t burden anyone else with what was on his conscience. He told me he had been in love four times during his marriage, had been unfaithful and had another child I didn’t know about. This has sent my head spinning and made me question the sanctity of marriage. I know it sounds irrational, but I can’t help but feel sick at the thought of going to two weddings later this year....
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I’m 46 and would like to meet a man and fall in love

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I’m 46 and haven’t been in a relationship for years. I have tried internet dating and am sick of the pub scene, although I would talk to anyone and am told I am funny. I am kind and sensitive and would do anything for people I care about. I’m not bad looking – I was never pretty, but neither am I Princess Fiona from Shrek. I take care of myself but not to the point of being obsessive. When I was younger, I dated very good-looking men and always fell for the wrong guys. I’m happy alone, but would love a relationship. I don’t know if I will ever meet someone and fall in love.When leaving a message on this page, please be sensitive to the fact that you are responding to a real person in the grip of a real-life dilemma, who wrote to Private Lives asking for help, and may well view your comments here. Please consider especially how your words or the tone of your message could be perceived by someone in this situation, and be aware that comments that appear to be disruptive or disrespectful to the individual concerned will be removed....
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My life in sex: ‘I used to rub myself against my teddy bear – in an innocent way at first’

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I’m attracted to stuffed animals. I love the feel of their fur on my skin, their comforting size and their weight in my arms. Big cats are my favourite, with bears and wolves next (I like strong, aggressive species, perhaps because they offer protection). There’s a sexual aspect, but there are sensual and emotional elements as well.I’ve felt this way since I was 10, when I’d go to sleep cuddling a bear named Kerry. I used to rub myself against her, in quite an innocent way at first, and eventually I’d look forward to going to bed just so I could hold her. As I grew up, I tried to understand what was happening to me. I panicked that I’d develop feelings towards real animals, but after finding an online community of other plushophiles I realised these fears were unfounded....
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Forced to Smile at Work? You’ll Probably Drink More

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Does your job force you to smile a lot? Chances are, you’re paying for it by drinking more later.According to an April 2019 study published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, whether manning the counter at McDonald's or selling skirts and handbags at the mall, service industry workers who are forced to smile a lot are more likely to drink after work, and to drink more than those who aren’t customer-facing.RELATED:Do You Drink Too Much?Through data from phone interviews, researchers at Penn State University studied the drinking habits of 1,592 U.S. workers whose jobs require customer interaction that often comes with the expectation of a happy face as part of their work. These grinning workers included nurses, teachers, and other types of service workers....
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How Jay Cutler Unclogged Wife Kristin Cavallari’s Milk Ducts

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Jay Cutler is a hero, according to his wife, Kristin Cavallari.RELATED: Female AnatomyIn a clip of the upcoming season of her E! reality show, “Very Cavallari,” Cavallari shares her experience with clogged milk ducts while at dinner with friends. “I had major clogged [milk] ducts,” reveals the TV personality. Cutler and Cavallari share three children, Jaxon Wyatt, soon to be 5, Camden Jack, 6, and Saylor James, 3.Cavallari continued to explain how the retired pro football player came through to help her out. “Jay had to get them out for me … Sucking harder than he’s ever sucked,” she added to the group, which responded with various combinations of disgust, shock, and laughter....
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Hottest Tattoo Trends ... and Ones to Avoid

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So you’ve decided to get a tattoo. Congrats! But before you commit to inking yourself with something you saw on Instagram, take a moment to think about what you’re going to get and where you’re going to put it.RELATED:First Tattoo AdviceSome tattoos look great in photos but don’t necessarily stand the test of time. As Paul Timman at Sunset Strip Tattoo in Los Angeles tells AskMen, “Your tattoo’s not going anywhere in 10 years or 20 years or 30 years or 40 — maybe even up to 60 years — so you don’t want to get a tattoo that’s gonna look good for a year and then turn to s—t for 59 more years.”Luckily, more people seem to be seeking out tattoo artists with a lot of experience “rather than just going into a shop and picking something off a wall,” says Simon Halpern of 1 Point Tattoo in Kailua, Hawaii. “Whether it’s black and gray or big pattern work or color realism, people are seeking out good artists that specialize in those styles.” He advises having a consultation first with your tattoo artist about what you have in mind....
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The Top 10 Tips For A Smooth Relationship With A Sarcastic Person

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“Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the privacy of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky“Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the privacy of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded.” – Fyodor DostoyevskyThere are two kinds of sarcastic people. Truly sarcastic individuals, for whom sarcasm is their way of life. They’ve been that way for as long as they can remember. Their motto is: “I am sarcastic, ergo I exist!”The second type of sarcastic people uses sarcasm as a defensive mechanism. It is just their way to keep their privacy and stand their ground. These people assume their sarcastic personality only when they need it – in the office, on a crowded metro train, or when they are having an argument with their partner. As a rule, they are well aware of their being sarcastic at the moment and they can measure their sarcasm quite well....
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Who Will Survive ‘Game of Thrones’? AI Is Here to Tell You

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If there’s one thing you can say about “Game of Thrones,” it’s that there’s a truckload of death.A lot of costumes, sure. Plenty of drinking and swearing and sex, absolutely. But what truly defines the show is that your favorite character is likely to meet his or her maker in some sort of appropriately medieval way. An axe to the head. A vile of poison. A hazardous hole in a throne room floor. Sometimes a whole lot of them go at once, via an explosion or a really unforgettable wedding.RELATED:How to Buy a New TVIn short, give the showrunners half a chance, and they’ll kill off an important character when you least expect it.So now that the final season is upon us (it kicks off on Sunday, April 14, in case you weren't counting down the minutes), which characters are going to survive? Well, to help either A) ease your anxiety or B) totally spoil the show for you, students from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have an answer. They’ve developed an application that scours the web for data on “Game of Thrones,” and then throws what it finds into a set of AI algorithms that predicts the chances of survival of each of the remaining characters....
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Save the Earth by Drinking These Brands of Booze

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As more and more people become aware of climate change and the impact everyday habits can have on the environment, they are increasingly looking for ways to lead more sustainable lives. That includes supporting businesses and brands that pursue eco-friendly initiatives.RELATED:Top 10: Manly DrinksWhile not all companies have made an effort to be more environmentally friendly, many distilleries have. One of the most well-known is Sweden’s Absolut. The country is well known as a global leader in sustainability, and since Absolut is one of its more famous companies, it is also highly visible.One of the brand’s biggest sustainability priorities is water, and has initiated practices to minimize its water usage. It doesn’t use artificial irrigation in its wheat production, doesn’t release wastewater, and collects rainwater to be used by the local farming community. And on top of conserving water, Absolut has created systems to limit energy use and emissions. But the Swedish distillery isn’t the only company carrying the flag for Mother Earth. A number of other distilleries have started to make more conscious efforts to go green, too....
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Watch Snob Dives Into the Dangers of Trying to Be Cool

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Thank you for your weekly education sessions. They have been invaluable.I seek your thoughts on a choice between two very different watches. I wish to emphasise that I feel that I do not have any gaps in my collection and these are purely for self indulgence (although I am very aware that having a collection is self indulgence in itself).RELATED: Last Week: Watch Snob on In-House Movements and Classic WatchesI love both the Datograph and the Ulysse Nardin Freak Out (which is at least a bit more affordable than the Cruiser). I would like to think that I appreciate the histories and horological significance of both watches — the Datograph shook the chronograph world and the Freak gave us silicon and a fun form factor....
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The Longer the Beard, the Smaller the Balls (Per Science)

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Sure, your long, luscious beard probably looks great. But you could be announcing to the world you have small testicles.This is according to a study published April 2019 in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B journal. It looked at 100 separate species of primates, including humans, and researchers found that testicle size varies according to the animal. While some have testicles the size of peas, others could have testes the size of tennis balls, which, incidentally happened to be the largest.RELATED:A Comprehensive Guide to Shaving Down ThereThe Australian scientists also examined whether or not the size of the balls indicated dominance among the species who were mating. They found that the species with the smallest nuts had more eye-catching appearances, typically by way of longer fur. This correlation also seemed to be evident for homo sapiens, according to the study....
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Why You Shouldn’t Shy Away From Dating Older Women

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Some people, especially those in relationships with significant age gaps, like to say that age is just a number. Of course, this is true: When it comes to relationships where one partner is significantly older than the other, it’s not age that matters most. Instead, it’s all those other little things — shared hobbies and goals, similar temperaments, mutual respect and understanding — that typically determine whether or not a partnership between two people is built to last.RELATED:Things to Consider Before Dating a Younger WomanOlder men have no problem dating younger women, and the opposite dynamic of older women dating younger men is becoming more common, too. But why? Why would a guy seek out a woman who is five (or more) years older than him? Maybe it’s because they’re in on a little secret that you haven’t quite figured out for yourself yet. If you can’t already guess, there are a lot of benefits to dating a more “seasoned” woman....
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WFH Porn Stars Explain How to Get Started in the Biz

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Since the advent of the Internet, porn has been in a constant state of evolution. Something consistent in this ever-changing environment is the yearning to connect with porn on a more personal level.Websites featuring high-budget productions with famous adult stars are being challenged by “amateur” content filmed on smartphones. Subscription services born from Instagram culture (Just For Fans and OnlyFans) have incrementally inched toward the spotlight, granting performers the power over studios as they can pilot their own careers. The best part is, it’s become so accessible that everyday people are getting in on the action, too. “JustFor.Fans is a community site where performers can interact with their fans,” says Dominic Ford, the creator of Just For Fans. “They set up a page that users can subscribe to monthly and can also sell downloads and products, like clothing.”...
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5 Tips for Staying Calm During a Pregnancy Scare

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Sometimes in a relationship, you're not sure how to phrase a delicate subject or tricky topic. Sure, saying nothing at all is easy, but avoiding the subject doesn't do anyone any good. Awkward Conversations, a regular AskMen franchise, provides you with a template for what to say — and what not to say — and why, so you can have those difficult discussions without them turning into full-blown fights.“I think I might be pregnant.”Boom. There it is, the devastating gut punch. If you’re not trying to have a baby, hearing this sentence could rock your world. It’s hard to know how to react other than in sheer panic, but this is a crucial moment for both you and your partner. Despite feeling overwhelmed or anxious, you need to stay level-headed, keeping your cool without doing or saying something that will sabotage your relationship....
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4 Reasons Why You Need to See a NASCAR Race

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NASCAR is one of those sports that most people don’t just pick up and start following. For many fans, it is passed down. If a member of your family watched NASCAR when you were a kid, you’re more likely to be a fan as an adult.I myself sort of fell into it. I attended college in North Carolina, the heart of NASCAR, back in the mid 2000s, which was the peak of NASCAR’s viewership. I went to my first race with a bunch of out-of-state friends, and honestly, we went somewhat ironically. By the time the green flag dropped, I was hooked. As both a sports fan and car enthusiast, I was immediately drawn to the power and speed of these cars as well as the intense rivalry between drivers.RELATED: Top 10 NASCAR Drivers of All Time...
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Expert Approved: Brewers Dish on Their Go-To Beers

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To say that the craft brewing world has exploded in the last few years would be an understatement. In 2012, there were more than 2,000 craft breweries in the U.S. alone. Today, that number is closer to 7,000, giving beer fans more options than ever before.RELATED: Why Is There No Spring Seasonal Beer?While you might think that the people behind the brews are not as privy to the growing number of offerings on tap — preferring to stick to their own varieties in favour of supporting the competition — you would be wrong. Of course, brewers want to support their business, but they enjoy getting a taste of what’s out there, too. In fact, many brewers find inspiration in their rival’s offerings. And it turns out they aren’t afraid to share it....
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This Is What Online Dating Is Like When You're Blind

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Greer: I have been legally blind since birth. I have a rare genetic condition called Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome. I’m not completely blind, but my vision is very poor and cannot be corrected by glasses, contacts, or surgery. My eyes are also severely sensitive to the sun and I have nystagmus, which for me means my eyes shake involuntarily.Kingett: I’ve been legally blind my whole life but was recently completely blinded by a sudden case of glaucoma. I knew I had a detached retina but had no idea I even had glaucoma until it robbed me of my remaining vision in 2017. I also have cerebral palsy and stutter, so, naturally, this makes meeting people in person barely adequate, communication-wise....
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Do You Want A Long And Happy Relationship? Here Are The Six Most Common Pitfalls to Avoid At All Times

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Sometimes, maintaining a strong, thriving and long-lasting relationship is as easy as one-two-three. Other times, keeping that same relationship alive may be particularly challenging, especially if factors such as distance and time are at play.Yet, a couple does not need to sacrifice their promising careers so as to be happy. They have just discovered this secret recipe: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!If you want a long and happy relationship, you should learn to foresee potential dangers as they are looming in the distance. Once the issue has been identified, the two of you should not ignore it, but rather engage in a fruitful and constructive discussion so as to have it resolved....
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How to Make Your Apartment Look Bigger

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No matter your living situation — your first place with a college roommate, that studio you found in your price range, or that tiny apartment you and your partner nabbed in the most sought-after neighborhood — most of us have had a small apartment at one point in our lives. And as the years go on, that will likely be increasingly the case. The largest cohort of working-age folks, millennials, are moving to urban and metro areas in record numbers. This can only mean one thing: more people and fewer apartments.RELATED: How Often You Should Be Replacing Your SheetsOnce you’re all moved in, your goal is to maximize your space to the best of your ability. Short of knocking down walls to the neighbor's apartment, how can you make a small space seem more open? It’s easier than you may think. We spoke with expert interior designers who work regularly in city-sized spaces to get quick and easy design and décor hacks that will make you (and anyone else you might entertain) feel like your apartment is practically the Red Keep....
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What You’d Learn About in Sex Ed Today That You Didn’t as a Kid

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Before schools incorporated sex education into the curriculum (a practice that only began in the 1920s), students were expected to learn about the subject from outside sources — whether that was religious pamphlets, books, or simply word-of-mouth from older kids who claimed to know the deal (but probably didn’t). Sounds educational, right? Fast forward nearly a hundred years and you’ll find a lot has changed.Even in the 90s and early 00s, some students were separated by binary gender (girls and boys) so that girls could respectively learn about periods, underarm hair, and identifying the clitoris on a blurry cartoon visual, while boys learned about erections and how to properly put a condom on. We get it — sex education can be awkward, and nobody wants the girl they’re crushing on in the room when they’re learning about how to deal with pop-up boners in the middle of the day. What schools failed to do was to take into account that collective, inclusive education is better for everyone, especially those who may not identify as cisgender/straight....
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A Real-Life ‘Fortnite’-Style Battle Is in the Works

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Ever wonder how you’d fare in a real-life “Fortnite” battle? You might be able to find out. An anonymous millionaire is looking to hold a real-life competition similar to the video game on a private island.RELATED: How to Play Retro GamesAccording to The A.V. Club, 100 lucky – and ballsy – contestants will be selected to engage in a three-day battle royale. In this real-life battle, players will receive airsoft rifles (basically fancy pellet guns that fire plastic balls), combat camouflage, and touch-sensitive body armor, while being thrust into an exotic wilderness to survive for those three days, with the competition running for 12 hours each day. But don’t worry: Unlike the video game, there will be no actual killing, and food, camping gear, and other required equipment will be provided....
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Affairs Can Happen Even If You’re In a Happy Marriage

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It turns out, even people in happy marriages cheat.Ashley Madison, a dating service that caters to individuals looking to have a little fun outside of their monogamous relationships, has some data around cheating that might surprise you.RELATED: Everything You Need to Know About Cheating in a RelationshipWhile many people might think most men or women cheat on their spouses because they no longer love their partners, according to Ashley Madison, nothing could be further from the truth. Cupid's arrow still pierces the heart of those committing adultery, with a whopping 61 percent of the nearly 2,800 surveyed saying they still love their wife or husband, but that their physical desires were not being catered to....
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Dale Moss: From NFL to Empowering Entrepreneurs

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For a while, Dale Moss had a job many dream of, drawing an NFL player’s paycheck. Long before he did, though, he knew he had ambitions beyond athletics, and now those dreams include helping small-business people manage their career goals and lives.RELATED:15 Career Change Tips“When I was young, I saw the power of athletics as far as opening doors. I was in a somewhat segregated community – not only to racial barriers, but social barriers,” the 30-year-old, who played basketball for four years at South Dakota State University and traveled among NFL practice squads from 2012 to 2014, tells AskMen.“Honestly, football was my Plan B,” admits Moss. “I came into the game playing because I loved competing, but people said I couldn’t transition and have success after being a basketball player my whole life.”...
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Dogs vs. Cats: Survey Says One Makes Owners Much Happier

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Are you a cat person who laughs at dog owners and their needy, smelly, barky best friends? Well, it turns out the joke is on you.RELATED: How Having a Dog Will Make You Better at DatingNew research suggests that dog owners — despite having to walk their charge, play humiliating games of Fetch, and suffer the indignity of regular slobbery tongues to the face — are much happier than cat owners.The results come from the General Social Survey, run by social research organization NORC at the University of Chicago. It found that 36 percent of dog owners are stuck in some kind of weird canine Stockholm Syndrome and report to be “very happy.” This compares to just 18 percent of cat owners.When it came to people with both dogs and cats, 28 percent said they were “very happy,” while 32 percent of people with no furry bundles of joy said the same....
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Religious Porn-Viewers Are Fine Spending a Few Bucks, Says Survey

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There’s a reference in some religious text about spreading the wealth ... but it probably wasn’t intended to apply to porn. According to new data from xHamster, religious folks are much more likely to spend money on their porn tastes.A new survey of 11,000 visitors from the popular porn site produced some wild revelations – and not the kind that come from the “good book.” Aside from the type of porn they watched, viewers were also asked how religious they were, if at all. Results revealed a whopping 44 percent to be at least “somewhat” religious, with 8.5 percent saying they were devout believers.RELATED:Want to Cut Down on Your XXX Viewing Habits? Read ThisAlex Hawkins, VP of xHamster and xHamster Live, elaborated upon the findings that showed even God’s children got themselves off to pornography content from time to time. “We sort of expected to find that the very religious are secretly kinky,” Hawkins told the NY Post. “That was not the case, though they are different [from non-believing customers] in how they relate to porn.”...
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Your Daily Protein Shake Could Be Damaging Your Liver, Says Study

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Sure, supplements and pumping iron tend to go hand in hand, but new research points at those muscle mass powders you use as part of your daily bodybuilding routines being bad for your liver.In a study published by Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 44 men around the age of 33, all who’ve admitted to taking supplements to enhance their physiques, participated in the Drug-Induced Liver Injury Network to examine the effects of supplements on the liver. The researchers found through various blood tests that every man in the program reported jaundice, with some of the participants dealing with other issues such as abdominal pain and nausea. Research even showed 41 percent of participants having “hepatocellular pattern of liver injury,” while 59 percent had “mild hepatitis and profound cholestasis,” (a condition where the release of bile is blocked from the liver.)...
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Biggest Resume Mistakes: 9 Things You’re Doing Wrong

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A resume is the first impression hiring managers get to see whether or not an applicant is the perfect candidate for the job — and first impressions matter. Typos and grammatical errors are, of course, immediate red flags, but there are other more subtle things to avoid.RELATED:Perfect Your ResumeWe spoke to hiring managers from around the U.S. to get a more in-depth look at some of the major resume faux pas that they see time and time again. From forgetting important keywords to including way too much information, here’s what you should be avoiding when crafting the perfect resume for your dream job.“Your resume should include the same position required, keywords that appear in the job posting,” Flynn Zaiger, CEO of Online Optimism digital marketing agency says. “If you don’t have the right keywords, your resume can be overlooked by someone who has matching titles and descriptions all because yours doesn’t come across as a strong fit. If you have the qualifications, make sure to put them down exactly like they’re looking for in the posting.”...
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Is Jealousy Healthy in a Relationship? Only Under One Condition

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It goes a little something like this: You notice that her ex liked one of her Instagrams, and your mind starts racing with suspicions. Or maybe, you think she’s eyeing some guy across the bar, and you instantly feel threatened. Her constant mentions of her male co-worker could even lead you to scroll through their text conversation to reassure yourself that nothing is going on between them.Regardless of the trigger, when jealousy starts rearing its ugly head — and boy, is it ugly sometimes — you can’t help but wonder if your reactions are normal. Isn’t it healthy to feel a little bit of jealousy in a relationship? After all, one might say that jealousy shows how much you value your partner because you fear losing them. At the same time, however, jealousy can point to deep-seated insecurities and trust issues — both of which can be detrimental to a relationship....

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