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Friday Links, March 23

Here are a few things from around the web that may interest you:

From The Telegraph: “Can a box set save your marriage?”

From The Stir: 8 Things NOT to Do on a First Date (If You Want a Second)

From Mental Floss: “7 Ways to Divorce-Proof Your Marriage (Statistically Speaking)”

From MSN.com: “More Women are Prospering as Sugar Mamas”

From Psychology Today: “Sex on the Bench: Do Women and Men Have Different Moral Values?”

From the Daily Mail: “Forget pre-nups, now women are demanding ‘cohabitation contracts’ before their lovers even move in”

Thank you to those who submitted links for me to include. If you see something around the web you think DW readers would appreciate, please send me a link to wendy@dearwendy.com and if it’s a fit, I’ll include it in Friday’s round-up. Thanks!

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JK JK March 23, 2012, 12:59 pm

Based on the divorce one my husband and I are screwed, we only have 3 out of the 6 things (the one about politics I left out, of course).

avatar jlyfsh March 23, 2012, 2:11 pm

yeah my husband and i only have 4, but i think we’ll both be ok ;)

avatar Just Max March 23, 2012, 1:23 pm

What is “asparagus pee?”

avatar jlyfsh March 23, 2012, 2:10 pm

when you eat asparagus and your body breaks it down there is a chemical that is produced that gets released in you urine. in some people (not all) it just smells nasty!

avatar Addie Pray March 23, 2012, 2:26 pm

True story: For a long time I didn’t have asparagus pee. I was so damn curious to know what it smelled like. So I’d ask my friends to let me know when they eat asparagus and are about to pee so I could come smell. (I know, that’ s gross, but whatever, I was curious. Don’t worry, none of them would let me smell their pee. My friends suck / are normal people.) Then, one day, after eating asparagus, my pee smelled! Out of the blue! And now I have asparagus pee.

Is it possible that I acquired the chemical over night?

Sorry if this is all TMI but this is interesting, no?

avatar jlyfsh March 23, 2012, 2:36 pm

i wonder if it has to do with hormonal changes or something along those lines? because you always produce that chemical (at least i think you do) it’s just in some people it doesn’t produce a scent. i think it’s interesting, but i’m a science nerd ;)

avatar jlyfsh March 23, 2012, 2:39 pm

i am wrong after googling i found this: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/09/100928111231.htm

there are many more interesting studies out there if you really want to waste some of your afternoon reading them!

Lili Lili March 23, 2012, 1:27 pm

THIS SUNDAY. Can’t wait.

avatar Addie Pray March 23, 2012, 2:22 pm

Btw, I call TOTAL, COMPLETE, INSANE BULLSHIT on the article that says men like women who bring home the bacon.

avatar silver_dragon_girl March 23, 2012, 2:29 pm

My boyfriend would LOVE it if I brought home actual bacon. Usually he keeps plenty in the freezer, though, so we’re covered.

Lili Lili March 23, 2012, 2:32 pm

Surprise him with these:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Bacon-Roses/

avatar Britannia March 23, 2012, 3:03 pm

It’s been my personal experience that tons of guys are totally willing to be complete mooches their entire lives if they can get away with it.

avatar Tax Geek March 23, 2012, 4:10 pm

Mmmm! Bacon!

Leroy Leroy March 23, 2012, 4:10 pm

Well I don’t think that most men DISLIKE women who bring home the bacon, though that article’s evidence is pretty slim.

And Britannia’s right, there are plenty of guys who would love to live off your bacon. So be careful what you wish for.

avatar Jiggs March 23, 2012, 4:39 pm

Who are you dating? I’m the breadwinner and my husband is chill with that (he works too but I make way more). Like I would assume most people would be with their partner making more than them unless they have a huge inferiority complex.

Budj Budj March 23, 2012, 4:44 pm

I don’t know what WAY more is…but if my contribution to household income was 10% of the total I would argue with my s/o that I’m better off staying at home “keeping the house in order”, haha.

avatar AndreaMarie March 23, 2012, 2:37 pm

Writting up an agreement regarding property brought into the “cohabitation” and property bought during it is a great idea. How many times have I seen cases on Judge Judy regarding a couple that was living together who are now fighting over Tvs and couches etc.

avatar Christy March 23, 2012, 1:41 pm

Hurray for cohabitation agreements! And I just want to point out you don’t need a lawyer to create a legally-binding agreement (provided you don’t have complicated assets–or children). Nolo’s book Living Together has some helpful forms: http://www.amazon.com/Living-Together-Legal-Unmarried-Couples/dp/1413307558/?&tag=dearwecom-20&linkCode=wsw&

leilani leilani March 23, 2012, 3:29 pm

I would totally talk about asparagus pee, being broke, my cat, and my food intolerances on a first date. I mean, probably not all of them on the same first date, but I wouldn’t filter them out if they came up in conversation!

iwannatalktosampson Iwannatalktosampson March 23, 2012, 5:55 pm

Haha I know me too. I know they’re mostly just for fun – but articles like that kind of annoy me. Like don’t do the following 8 things and you are guaranteed to get a boyfriend! The problem with that is that I actually remember reading articles like that when I was like 18 and thinking – what the hell I’m doing everything the list says to do and nothing it says not to do and I still don’t have a boyfriend. Everything is about timing – and if a guy is right for you he won’t care if you talk about your asparagus pee.

avatar rachel March 23, 2012, 9:33 pm

Are you dating right now Leilani? Because I feel like challenging you to bring all of these things up on a first date.

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