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March 2014

27 People Share The Best Gift You Can Get A Man

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Found on AskReddit.

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1. This guy is still a little boy at heart.

Baked goods. I moved into a new apartment for an internship halfway across the country and my girlfriend overnighted me some scones she’d just baked. It was the best thing. It isn’t expensive, it shows you care, and they will always go appreciated.

2. An honest man.

Compliments. Men thrive off of compliments. They’ll never admit it though.

3. A gift that shows you truly thought about it.

Honestly, the coolest gift I ever got from a girlfriend was a dollar store set of army men.

Early in our relationship, I told her that I didn’t really care about gifts much. I made an offhand joke about how I’d rather play with army men with her than get a new iPod..

Cut to my birthday, almost a year later. We had our fights, or struggles…

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This Isn’t That Kind Of Love Story

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For three years, I’ve been in love with a married man. And with that love come all the deepest shames and desires that are almost entirely connected. With it even comes an unexpected joy as with any love, and that joy, even in the midst of my agonizing pleas to God to remove me from the horror of my own heart and mind, is what keeps me grounded.

Whether he knows my feelings or not is questionable. While I’d prefer to believe I’ve been totally discreet, a part of me figures he knows or suspects, and we just continue on as though he doesn’t know because it’s a lot easier that way. The nature of our relationship, or at least what it was for the first two years, demanded professionalism, and under that professionalism, we found security. Even now we stumble along with it, however clumsily.

No, I wouldn’t have…

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When I Grow Up, I Hope To Be Like My Mother

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My mom and I have had a very serious connection throughout my whole life. It is very rare that I find people who understand me and my passions to such a sovereign parallel, but this woman whom I call mom, does. We have our own funny words, our own fun sayings, nicknames, and songs. We even have the same freckle above our lip in the same spot, as well as matching “cufflink” freckles on the outsides of our wrists. There’s just something about my mom that I think I see, and no one else does. It’s special, and I love special.

She described me as her little pal, when I was a baby. I was her first born, and I went everywhere with her. My father traveled most of my toddlerhood for business so while he was gone, my mom and I were inseparable. Never once throughout my childhood did…

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Why The Malaysian Airlines Flight Will Never Be Found

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On every aircraft, it is required by the law to carry and/or install the emergency locator transmitter (better known as ELT) in case of an emergency. This device is about the size of your shoebox, and it transmits radio signals to the satellites, which then relays its location to the ground control to aide with the search and rescue (SAR) efforts. The signals had transmitted through both VHF (121.5MHz) and UHF (243.0MHz) bandwidths, but these were phased out to increase the efficiency of the system (i.e. decreasing the amount of resources wasted on false alarms). Almost all ELTs are now transmitted through the 406MHz bandwidth to increase the responsiveness of the system.

One of the distinction features of ELT is its activation method. It will be activated if it registers enough amount of G-force on its module (usually 5Gs), or if the module comes in contact with water. There…

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Why It’s Okay To Be Friends With An Ex – And How To Do It

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There’s an unwritten rule that tells you you’re not allowed to be friends with your ex. You’ll never actually be friends. You’ll fall for each other again. There’s a hidden agenda.

I used to believe those things to be true, too, until I found myself in a strange place. Actually, a couple of strange places: On the other end of a phone call with one ex, and in a bar on the Lower East Side with another.

If you would’ve asked me months ago if I’d ever speak to them again, or see them again, my answer would’ve been no. But at some point between then and now, I got that feeling in my stomach. The one that extends straight to my brain, and then back down to my heart, probing my mouth to open and say something that needs to be said.

Wes’ father passed away not…

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101 Things I Will Teach My Daughters

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1. Chocolate is only a temporary fix.

2. A properly-fitting bra is not a luxury. It is a necessity.

3. Your happiness is your happiness and yours alone.

4. How to apply red lipstick.

5. How to wear the crap out of red lipstick.

6. A boyfriend does not validate your existence.

7. Eat the extra slice of pizza.

8. Wear what makes you feel gracefully at ease.

9. Love the world unconditionally.

10. Seek beauty in all things.

11. Buy your friends dinner when you can.

12. Wear sunscreen like it’s your second job.

13. Try with all your might to keep in contact with far-away friends.

14. Make the world feel at ease around you.

15. Walk with your head up.

16. Order a cheeseburger on the first date if you want to.

17. Never, ever bite your nails.

18. Swipe on some lipstick, put on your leather…

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Comfort Is One Hell Of A Drug

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Are unlabeled relationships just some kind of glorified make believe? A secret ploy to try and get over one another on the weekdays and then let it all go to shit on the weekends? It’s a constant jockeying back and forth between waking up alone feeling wild and free and waking up in the crook of an arm feeling sick to death for ever living without that sigh falling against your shoulder.

In theory, relationships should be easy: just two people who fit well with one another working to keep the puzzle together. Yet, it rarely ever works out so effortlessly. Mostly because we find ourselves mixed up in these “non-relationship” relationships full of ambiguity and being caught in between. It’s childish, really, like entering into someone else’s life with your fingers crossed–wink, wink, nothing counts.

Your friends have told you to walk away, and you haven’t listened. But you…

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Parenting Like a Tiger Mom May Make Your Kids Obese

TIME

Previous studies have shown that parents who eat more fast food and spend more time on the couch have kids who do the same. And moms and dads who let their kids watch more TV or spend hours in front of the computer also have children who are heavier and more likely to be obese.

Until now, there hadn’t been a close look at how overall parenting style – how permissively or authoritatively parents interact with their kids on everything from homework to chores and getting along with their siblings – might affect children’s weight. “We looked at the general way that parents can affect their child’s obesity even if they are not trying to control specific health-related behaviors,” says the study’s lead author Lisa Kakinami, a post doctoral fellow at McGill University.

MORE:How Being Good Parents Can Make You a Lousy Couple

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Smile: Our New Emoticons Have Arrived!

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Fan of smileys? 🙂 We are. That’s why we just redesigned them to be cleaner, simpler, bigger, more expressive, and modern.

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These new smileys are actually vector graphics, so they’ll stay crisp if you zoom in on your page. They’ll also stay sharp on high-resolution mobile displays.

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To find out how to use an emoticon appearing in this post, just hover over it and you’ll see which characters produce it. We’re working on expanding our collection, so stay tuned for more smiley fun.

😄 >:D 😦 😥 😐 :/ 😮 😛 😡 O_o ^^’

If you’re not a fan of smileys, that’s okay! You can always turn them off and on in your dasbhoard under Settings  Writing. We hope you’ll have fun with these. Smile!

Bonus: We also created a few secret emoticons for you to discover. Good luck finding them! 😉

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