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Alena Dillon
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Humor author of I Thought We Agreed to Pee in the Ocean

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10 Foolproof First Date Escapes

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 4:33 PM

It can be awkward to end a date with a person you don't plan on seeing again. What are your parting words? How do you communicate finality? You don't want to give false hope and let them believe you might call for a second date, but you also don't want...

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Finding Myself On Buzzfeed

(1) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 2:03 PM

We've learned so much in 2014. We learned that Russia has a city that sounds like the name of a blonde telepathic waitress and vampire lover. We learned that Patrick Stewart is gay, and then we learned he isn't. We learned that Ron and Hermione need marriage counseling, and we're...

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10 raffinierte Fitnessübungen fürs Büro

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 8:52 AM

Nach einem langen Arbeitstag sind Sie erschöpft - wie könnte es auch anders sein? Sie haben (bestenfalls) acht Stunden damit verbracht, in einen Bildschirm zu starren, zu analysieren, synthetisieren. Sie haben Kontakte zu Geschäftskunden oder Mitarbeitern gepflegt. Sie hatten keine Zeit für ein nahrhaftes Mittagessen und ihr knurrender Magen scheint...

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10 Easy At-Work Workouts

(1) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 6:23 AM

After a long day at the office, you're exhausted -- and why shouldn't you be? You spent eight hours analyzing, synthesizing, staring at a computer and/or networking with clients, customers or coworkers. You didn't have time for a substantial lunch, and your stomach growls that dinner can't wait until after...

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The 10 Best Valentine's Day Ideas to Lower Expectations for Next Year

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 9:24 AM

Have you found the one? Or at least the one for now? Then you must recognize your worst enemy this Valentine's Day: hope.

Hope is that glimmer in your girl's eye when she sees a deliveryman appear in her office doorway with two dozen long stemmed roses and for...

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On Losing My Starbucks Gold Card

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 4:19 PM

The news was delivered over email. Not face to face, or even by phone. Over email. They may as well have texted.

Starbucks demoted my Gold Card to a Green Badge.

I'd been a Gold Card Member for nearly five years. It saw me through my Master's thesis, the writing...

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Shia LaBeouf's Future Film Credits

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 8:44 AM

"LaBeouf apologized for failing to credit artist Dan Clowes' work in his new short film HowardCantour.com."-- USA Today

  1. The Quiet of the Sheep
  2. It's A Rad Birth-Until-Death
  3. An Immediate Apocalypse
  4. The Green 5,280 Feet
  5. It Was Right Here A Second Ago But The Wind Just Took It
  6. United...
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Hey Everybody -- The Grinch Was White!

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 8:27 AM

"Santa just is white... Santa is what he is." -- Megyn Kelly of Fox News

It is a verifiable fact that our beloved Grinch, the curmudgeon on the hill we all love to hate and, ultimately love to love, was originally white. As white as Cindy Lou and the rest...

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Football Season Survival Guide for the Non-Sports Guy

(3) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 10:58 AM

You know the scene: You're sitting in the barbershop, a lone mute in the midst of a football debate fit for "SportsCenter". The men spit their opinions and then turn to you, wide-eyed, encouraging you to offer your take, to reveal your loyalties. You can see the speculation in their...

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Man's 'Pants' Determined to Be New Type of Skin

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 4:07 PM

WILLIAMSBURG, NY- After extensive observations, a team of pants experts concluded that the legs of a young professional in Brooklyn were not covered by skinny jeans, but by a new form of purple skin.

The subject was monitored in his own environment: scribbling in his moleskin journal...

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The Warning Label That Should Be On Lululemon Yoga Pants

(47) Comments | Posted November 10, 2013 | 1:43 PM

"...Women will wear seatbelts that don't work [with the pants], or they'll wear a purse that doesn't work, or quite frankly some women's bodies just actually don't work for it." --Chip Wilson, founder of Lululemon, on why the brand's yoga pants are too sheer or pill.

WARNING:

Hand wash in...

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Costco: Or Why I Might Be on a Terrorist Watch List

(2) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 2:40 PM

Costco exhausts me. You know how the elderly have to distribute their obligations across an entire week (laundry on Tuesday, drugstore on Thursday, etc.) because everything is so damn tiring? That's how I am with Costco. I walk into that warehouse and I'm done for the day.

Management realizes the...

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Weight-Loss Methods I Wish Worked

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 11:17 AM

Lying down is one of my favorite pastimes.

Because of this preference for passiveness, it's very difficult for me to work out. Why move around, sweat and increase my heart rate when I can curl up on my bed and... not?

Sadly, every three months or so, my pants tighten....

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Fake Commercial for Groupon's New Erotic Products

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 4:11 PM

What's all the buzz over at Groupon? It's Body Pleasures Pocket Vibrator -- Groupon's recent Labor Day Deal. What better way to honor America's working men than by giving them the night off? No need to lift a finger, fellas; Groupon has your gal covered.

Groupon is your one stop...

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Eat Before the Clock Strikes Fast

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2013 | 2:17 PM

In an effort to shave off some newlywed pounds (it's a real thing), my husband and I have instated a "no eating after 9 p.m." rule. Well, he treats it as a rule. I view it as more of a guideline.

Ever since the policy has been enforced, there's something...

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The In-Flight Entertainer

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 1:29 PM

It is somebody's job to screen and select movies to be featured on flights, and I wonder why it is not this person's top priority -- nay, ONLY priority -- to veto movies whose plots include an airplane crash.

Maybe this is just me, but when I'm caught in a...

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The Heartache of a Television Serial Dater

(4) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 5:18 PM

Finishing a television series feels like the end of a relationship. There's that same dull ache in your chest, knowing that the characters aren't part of your life anymore. No more late nights lying on the couch together after a long day. No more shared adventures. All that's left are...

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On Defending Myself Against Fame

(35) Comments | Posted February 16, 2013 | 4:12 PM

"A famous writer who wants to continue writing has to be constantly defending himself against fame." -- Gabriel Garcia Marquez
In honor of his upcoming birthday, I'd like to dedicate this essay to Nobel-prize winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, writer of Love in the Time of Cholera and One Hundred...
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