The Super Bowl of shopping events is nigh, and we’re here to walk you through the impending bedlam. Seriously, gang — Black Friday has gotten so bananas that it warrants its own survival guide. But don’t let the madness keep you from scoring some sweet ass deals!
They call them mail-order brides for a reason. As in, your wife is sent to you; you don’t come to her — otherwise, this happens: Ex-gubernatorial candidate Cary Dolego of Arizona traveled all the way to Ukraine in search of love, only to be stood up by his supposed future wife. The victim of an Internet dating scam, he ended up hungry and suffering of pneumonia in a Ukrainian homeless shelter. Learn from this poor sap’s mistakes and become familiar with the pleasures and pitfalls of online dating. But if you’re really bent on going the mail-order-bride route, pleaseget the facts first.
Dealing with a roommate may be a drag, but single life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be either. A new study revealed that if you’re under 65, living alone can result in a 21% increase of your risk of dying of all causes. All the same, if you make it on your own until the great old age of 80, you actually have a 14% lower risk of dying.
Sometimes after long day, all you want to do is plop down on the couch and drink a nice, cold beer. But has it ever occurred to you that your dog might want a beer, too? Enter Bowser Beer: an alcohol, carbonation, and hops-free beer for pups! And while the idea of alcohol-free beer just sounds blasphemous to us, we hear dogs really dig it.
In case, your pooch has a taste for other human treats, check out how to indulge their cravings without giving them a major tummy ache.
For ladies who know what they want, flirting can feel like a waste of time. This e-dress helps you cut to the chase: The more a man sends your heart racing, the more transparent it becomes! Not a frock for the faint of heart, this dress says, “Come hither” like no other ensemble.
If transparent dresses just aren’t your thing (and we can understand why they wouldn’t be), find out how to flirt andget your guy.
Ever have trouble reading your own chicken scratch? Imagine how postal service workers must feel. While the addresses on most envelopes these days are machine-read, the only way to read truly messy handwriting is to send it to an actual person. At the U.S. Postal Service’s “Remote Encoding Center,” 1,900 clerks are responsible for deciphering the nation’s most illegible handwriting. While these master “code breakers” may be “the last vestige of human intelligence versus machine intelligence in the sorting race,” we’re pretty sure they wouldn’t mind if you made their lives easier and neatened up your handwriting. source: online.wsj.com image via Flickr: “you’ve got mail” by wheat_in_your_hair
For all those who still listen to “Single Ladies” on repeat (don’t worry, you’re not alone), there’s a new way to cope. Beth Griffenhagen’s Haiku for the Single Girl recounts the trials and tribulations of being alone in New York City — in 17-syllable, all-too-true installments. Our personal favorite?
“I walk home alone. Bag covered in Cheeto dust. Should this depress me?”
But while we’re sure that writing haikus about datelessness can be pretty exhilarating, we imagine that going on an actual date might be a little more satisfying. Put yourself out there, ladies! And men, don’t chicken out!
It’s an email age, and to be honest, we’re kinda drowning in it. When you’ve got hundreds of unread emails piling up in your inbox, “Inbox Zero” might sound like an unachievable goal. Meet your savior: the Email Game. It’s exactly what it sounds like: It turns normally daunting email management into a surprisingly fun bit of procrastination.
But if you’re not much of a gamer, there are other ways to optimize your inbox without making it feel like a chore.
Let’s be honest, the best part of Halloween is the candy. After you’ve amassed a hoard of sugarcoated confections, you’ve gotta wonder: How long does this stuff actually last?
As it turns out, Halloween goodies hang in there for a pretty long time. Despite a few textural changes (don’t worry about that white stuff that appears on old chocolate — it’s harmless), your sweet treats will be fine to eat for at least 12 months…just in time to restock!So get out there and trick or treat to your heart’s content.
source: www.slate.com image via Flickr: “Candy Corn” by Kurt and Sybilla
Come on, guys. Haunted house actors may already be “dead,” but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt when you freak out and punch them. And it happens more often than you’d think — that flight-or-flight reaction is one fickle friend, and these tough actors know that all too well.
In a Huffington Post interview, Allen Hopps, a trainer for actors in haunted houses, said, “The problem isn’t the haunted houses or the actors, but the customers. They forget that people are actors and have a flight-or-fight reaction towards the person scaring them, not realizing one might be a 16-year-old girl.” Don’t let this occupational hazard keep you from making a haunted house of your own. Just think of it this way: If you get socked in the face, you’re obviously doing your scaring right. source: wwww.huffingtonpost.com image via Flickr: “Ww1” by stranger3113