40% of U.S. workers have dated someone who works in their office, with 31% eventually getting married, according to an office romance survey from CareerBuilder.com. Want more? Of course you do:
A HORRIBLE BOSS
Most of us have had to endure a horrible boss at one time or another--and if you haven't, just wait. Stay in the workforce long enough, and it's bound to happen. The employee-boss relationship can be quite volatile, causing hostility, stress and declining performance. Florida State University business professor Wayne Hochwarter, who has spent his professional career studying bad bosses, says the problem is the worst it's ever been, primarily because employees who have bad bosses don't have many viable alternatives in this tight job market. Hochwater interviewed more than 400 mid-level employees from a variety of industries about their views on the changing face of work. Their responses revealed some strongly negative opinions. if one or more of these describes your manager, you have a horrible boss.
THINGS A MOVIE THEATER EMPLOYEE WON'T TELL YOU
BABY NAMES WITH TERRIBLE MEANINGS
Choosing the right name for a newborn can be a challenge. And while there are many considerations, one thing that often escapes notice is the name's meaning. And they aren't all positive. Mom.me assembled a list of nine popular names that have horrible meanings. Think twice before giving your child one of these names. Nine baby names with terrible meanings and their origin:
Meaning: Crooked Nose (Scottish)
Meaning: Pig (Latin)
Meaning: Lurking Rock (German)
Meaning: Deformed Head (Gaelic)
Meaning: Bald (Latin)
Meaning: Unfortunate, Luckless (French)
Meaning: Ruler of the Elves (Anglo-Saxon)
Meaning: Elf Army (English)
Meaning: Bitter (Hebrew)
When it comes to bad behaviors -- lying, cheating and drinking -- where do you rank? Fitnessmagazine and Yahoo! polled men and women to find out their worst behaviors and biggest pet peeves. Both men and women admitted committing these top 10 bad behaviors:
Cosmo also wondered why do some people need to be on a certain side of the bed? They thought it might relate to right brain/lest brain dominance, but experts say that for women, it's practicality: the desire to be nearest to a heat source or the bathroom. Men, meanwhile, are often driven by instinct and sleep closet to the door to guard over you.
BEST DAY TO SHOP FOR GREATEST SAVINGS
You may prefer to shop on Sundays because it fits your schedule best or you choose Tuesday afternoons because it's less crowded. Maybe it's time to rethink your strategy and instead shop on the day that offers the best deals. What day is that? It depends on what you're buying. SmartMoney figured out the best days for the deepest discounts. That means that prices for the exact same item in the exact same store could be lower on Sunday than it is on Wednesday. Here is SmartMoney's advice on what to buy on which days:
Appliances: Prices for washers, dryers, ovens and refrigerators are about 1 percent to 2 percent cheaper on Sundays, which works out to about $10 saved on a mid-range model.
Groceries: While most grocery stores publish their weekly sales circular on Wednesdays, Sunday is the best day to shop. Clip coupons from Sunday's newspaper for more savings.
Personal Care Items: You'll find the best deals on toothpaste and deodorant at the drugstore chains on Sundays. You must go early to get the best deals.
Skirts and Dresses: Skirts sell, on average, for 77 percent off the retail price, while dresses are discounted, on average, 54 percent.
Cars: Cars are cheapest on Mondays as dealerships are more willing to negotiate. This holds true whether weekend sales were lackluster and they want to makeup for that or whether weekend sales were robust and they want to continue it.
Electronics: Computers, televisions, digital cameras and even video games are between 2 percent and 4 percent cheaper on Mondays.
Airfares: Since most domestic fares are posted on Monday evening, there is a scramble Tuesday morning to match prices. The number of cheap seats peaks at about 3 p.m. on Tuesday.
Clothing: Both brick-and-mortar stores and online retailers tend to begin their weekend sales on Thursday. You'll find the best deals and the most in-stock items. However, there are exceptions. See Monday.
Books: Books are 11 percent cheaper on Saturdays; they are priced at their highest on Fridays
Kissing someone, especially for the first time, can unleash a torrent of butterflies that take your breath away or inner groans of revulsion. It's nature's way of helping us choose a partner -- either for the evening or a lifetime. Here are ten facts about kissing you may not have known, courtesy of Dr. Laura Berman:
1. Kissing is one of the few sexual acts that most of us have engaged in many times. A nationwide survey by Close-Up toothpaste found that the average woman kisses 17.5 men before settling down, while the average man kisses 24 women before choosing just one.
2. Girls report their first kiss happened at age 14, while boys are a bit slower and say their first kiss happened between the ages of 16 and 18.
3. Both men and women say their favorite kind of kiss is the French kiss.
4. The French kiss got its name in the English language in 1923, but the act of French kissing has been around long before France or anything French ever existed.
5. Many women will tell you that a kiss is the ultimate deal-breaker.
6. People in the Northwest United States exchange an average of 5.5 kisses a day, more than any other area of the country.
7. Those in the Northeast are the most confident of their kissing abilities.
8. Midwesterners are the most honest in their relationships and are most likely to confess when they have cheated and had a make-out session with someone else.
9. Kissing someone for more than one minute can burn as many as 25 calories.
10. Passionate kissing will not only help you unwind and relax, but also it can aid in boosting your immune system -- and all without a doctor's prescription.
MR. TELEPHONE MAN
90% of cell phone users ignore their incoming calls, and the calls that are most frequently ignored are the ones that come from loved ones -- not strangers or work colleagues, according to a study from Britain's University of Salford. The top 10 reasons for not answering a cell phone:
Study leader Dr. Ashley Weinberg, who is author of "Surviving the Workplace," says we ignore incoming calls that we sense will be long and involved and take more effort. But not answering a cell phone comes with a price. It breaks an unwritten psychological contract, since we're not living up to our family and friends' expectations, asserts Weinberg.
Using cell phones or text messaging in mid-conversation or during an appointment or meeting is one of the "Terrible 10 Rude Behaviors" issued by Johns Hopkins University. For what it's worth, many rude cell phone users at least are aware of their shortcomings. Cell phone users acknowledge that the devices encourage them to drive dangerously and behave rudely, but they also said the devices are increasingly hard for them to do without. Rounding out the Johns Hopkins list: