Middle-Aged Party Moms Can Drink Boring Young Ladies Under the Table

Now that I'm hurtling toward my middle-thirties, I don't drink nearly as much as I used to. I got drunk once this week—on Sunday, by accident, kind of—and three days later my head still feels like it got screwed on sideways, I started crying because my boyfriend was "making a weird face" and wouldn't admit it, and I… » 6/04/14 3:45pm 6/04/14 3:45pm

Rejoice: 'Dressing Your Age' Is Dead

A few months ago, I had a couple of hours to kill after work and found myself wandering over to the TopShop a few blocks from work and, as I sometimes tend to do, wasting time by trying on clothing weirder than anything I currently own. It's fun in a movie montage-type way, finding out whether I can pull off a boxy… » 2/07/14 11:20am 2/07/14 11:20am

When Do We Reach Our Creative Peaks?

A recent paper out of the Erasmus School of Economics in the Netherlands explored the lives of artists to estimate the average time most people reach their creative peaks. By collecting data from 221 famous painters of the 19th and 20th centuries, the paper's author — economist P.H. Franses — found that artists on… » 11/27/13 4:20pm 11/27/13 4:20pm

TV Doing A Great Job "Symbolically Annihilating" Women Over 40

A sharp, rather troubling essay by New York Times contributor Carina Chocano is running today about women, age and the media; it recalls, of course, all of the obvious anecdotes about the supposed "expiration dates" of models and actresses ("A friend knows an actress whose burglar alarm code - 2828 - serves as a… » 11/17/12 5:15pm 11/17/12 5:15pm

That Old People Smell Is Real—And It's Surprisingly Delightful

We all know that particular scent that old people have. It's subtly sweet but also brings to mind decay and mortality. It's complex, like a fine wine. Well, anyway, it turns out that science has spent some valuable time confirming that, in fact, the scent does exist, and it's actually rather pleasing. » 5/30/12 11:55pm 5/30/12 11:55pm

Even Tiny Tots Show Signs of Addictive Personalities

Chances are you wouldn't look at a three-year-old running around with their friends and think, "That kid's definitely going to grow up to have a serious gambling addiction" or "Boy, is she ever headed for a drug problem." And yet a new study has shown that children's behavior at that age can offer real clues about… » 4/27/12 2:00pm 4/27/12 2:00pm

Watch a Girl Go From Infant to Tween in Under Three Minutes

Frans Hofmeester filmed his daughter Lotte once a week from the time she was born until she was 12 years old. He then edited down the massive amount of video into this short clip, which lets you see Lotte grow up right before your very eyes. What's especially cool is that In many of the shots she's talking, and even… » 4/23/12 9:30am 4/23/12 9:30am

95-Year-Old Woman Sets World Record By Marrying Her Adorable…

Yesterday 95-year-old Lillian Hartley married her longtime sweetheart 98-year-old Allen Marks. The two, who were both widowed, met at a temple in Palm Springs 18 years ago and have been "living together in sin," as Lillian joked, ever since. They haven't gotten married until now because they've been too busy—they like… » 3/01/12 9:45pm 3/01/12 9:45pm

Quarter-Life Crisis Survivors Become Underqualified Life Coaches

Life coaching is starting to look a little bit like the pre (and probably post)-bust lending industry: anything goes nobody has to worry about silly regulations! The New York Times ran a story yesterday about the increasing number of 25-35-year-old aspiring life coaches — life experience be damned! — and the… » 1/29/12 3:15pm 1/29/12 3:15pm