So I'm watching a re-broadcast of the MTV Video Music Awards last night, which the title alone causes me to giggle because when was the last time MTV ACTUALLY PLAYED A MUSIC VIDEO, but okayfine... I thought Beyonce was amazing but I've been a fan since Destiny's Child and she proved exactly why she earned The Michael Jackson Vanguard Award. But the rest of the show, well, left me with an urge to shake my fist and yell "GET OFF MY LAWN!!" at the performers. Grant it, I'm not exactly the demo they're aiming for but I'd like to think I'm fairly hip and open-minded. Just saw a lot of mousse/gel onstage and not a lot of originality. Might have to re-watch it and see if I'm just being too critical. But I will say this, the bass player for Maroon 5 was seriously sporting a Bill Cosby sweater. No joke:)
For those times when slathering peanut butter on something just isn't enough, there is now cookie butter. Louise Kramer with the Specialty Food Association says, "Cookie butter has become a really big thing in 2014. It really is a treat that appeals to the American consumer in a new way." The cookie butter debuted in 2007 on a Belgium TV show, and the first flavor was based on a European cookie called "specloos"-- a cinnamon biscuit similar to a graham cracker. Now companies are expanding flavor varieties to appeal to classic American tastes, with flavors such as graham cracker and cookies & cream. Kramer points out another appeal of cookie butter, saying, "Parents don't want their kids to dip into raw cookie batter with eggs so it's a great alternative to get to lick cookies right off a spoon."
Wine can help you relax at the end of a long week, but how do you know when to stop pouring? A new study finds that pouring just half a glass of wine can be a successful way to prevent drinking too much. Researchers studied pouring habits of a group of participants and say that those who stuck to pouring half a glass, or to stop pouring two fingers from the top of the glass, tended to pour out 20 percent less than those who did not follow a rule. Study author Laura Smarandescu says, "It's a big difference. We would suggest using a rule of thumb with pouring because it makes a big difference in how much people pour and prevents them from over-drinking."
If you love your dog so much that you want it to be involved in your search for a date, there are websites for that. Sites such as PetsDating.com and YouMustLoveDogsDating.com are connecting dog lovers with one another. Many of the sites recommend users bring their dogs on their first dates as a kind of ice breaker, and of course to see if there's chemistry between the pooches. Michal Strahilevitz, a professor of marketing says, "Having a theme that is...about one's passion makes it feel like you are looking for a needle in a smaller and far more relevant and appealing haystack." Still, not all agree it's a good idea, dating expert Trish McDermott says, "To squeeze doggie behavior under the first date microscope...is just another way to uncover the fatal flaw of an otherwise potential romance."
It may be worth it to splurge on that big wedding after all. New data links "higher-quality" marriages with bigger weddings. Researchers followed 418 people as they got married and then for five years into their marriages. They found that "higher-quality" marriages were often linked to both "formal" weddings and those with bigger guest lists. But why? It may be because saying "I do" in front of a bigger crowd encourages a person to live up to their promises, or because having more people to invite may indicate having more of a support system. Still, it could just be that having a bigger wedding indicates a couple has more money, which certainly can help a couple avoid fights and ultimately stay together.
Women and men have different strengths, and new data shows women are better at pacing themselves when running than men are. Researchers looked at nearly 92 thousand runners in 14 marathons. They found that at the halfway point, men slowed down an average of 16 percent, while women slowed down just 12 percent. Even experienced male runners were found to be more likely than experienced women to see their speed decrease in the second half of a marathon. Why does this happen? A researcher says it may be because "men burn a greater percentage of carbohydrates for fuel than women," while women burn more fat. This means that "men typically run out of fuel or hit the wall earlier than women do." The other theory is that men simple start off fast and hope they can keep the pace