Study: more couples "staying over" instead of "living together"

The latest trend in romantic commitment evidently involves even less commitment than it used to. Details: Today’s generation are opting for “stayover relationships” that let them enjoy relationships without living together, a trend that appears to be slowing down the road to marriage. Research from the University of Missouri-Columbia found that instead of cohabitating, young [Read More...]

The paper people: when iCal just won't do

It sounds soooo 1985, but there is a loyal band of people who steadfastly refuse to give up their Filofaxes and DayRunners. Writer Pamela Paul has done a little anthropological study on this rare breed: Last month, I did something that not once in my 20 years as an overscheduled, neurotically punctual, paper-bound calendar keeper [Read More...]

"We call them 'Chritches'"

Well, here’s a new word for my vocabulary.  If you can’t guess what it means, see below. An upcoming TV series is raising eyebrows, and blood pressures — and writer Cathleen Falsani has some thoughts on it: When ABC recently announced it had ordered a season’s worth of a new show based on the novel [Read More...]

New poll: God's approval rating at 52%

Last time I checked, that was better than Obama.  (Though I’m told some people do get the two of them confused.) At least God doesn’t have to worry about re-election. Details. [Read more...]

Men who grieve

Men do it differently from women — and shifting demographics suggest there will be a lot more of them in the years to come. The New York Times looks at this phenomenon, and how hospitals and hospices are working to address it: The loss of a loved one is a profoundly heartbreaking experience, but it [Read More...]

One reason why my wife doesn't want to be cremated

It’s because creepy stuff like this actually does happen: A South African man awoke to find himself in a morgue fridge – nearly a day after his family thought he had died, a health official said Monday. Health department spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said the man awoke Sunday afternoon, 21 hours after his family called in [Read More...]

World Youth Day: Michael Voris not approved by us

Blogger and writer Patrick Madrid uncovered this news and describes it as “perhaps unprecedented”: the organizers of WYD have officially disavowed any connection with one of the people appearing there. From the WYD web site: WYD Cultural Program Participants Must Be Endorsed by Bishops’ Conferences It has come to our attention that Michael Voris, a [Read More...]

You need a lot of balls to play here

Seriously.  The world’s highest tennis court, in Dubai. Read all about it. [Read more...]

Three sets of parents attempt to name their babies "Lucifer"

As a result, that name is one of several that are now legally unacceptable in New Zealand. Details: The devilish name has been effectively banned by the New Zealand names registrar after three sets of parents had the name denied, says The West Australian. In the past two years there have been 102 rejected names, [Read More...]

Too hot? Here's something cool

From those geniuses in Japan: how to quickly cool a hot car without waiting for the a/c to do the job.  You roll down the window on one side, and use the car door on the other side to “fan” the hot air out the open window.  Don’t believe it?  Just watch.  You can thank [Read More...]