Time for your weekly pick-me-up of the funny, weird, and eyebrow-raising stories we've been reading this week. As always, tell us what you think by leaving a comment below or tweeting us at @Shape_Magazine!
1. Your selfie may reveal more than you think. The researchers behind SelfieCity studied 3,000-plus selfies taken in more than five cities to examine the cultural implications of the selfie. They found that people take fewer self photos than you might imagine, women take more selfies than men, and the younger a person is, the more likely he or she is to snap one. They also found that residents of Bangkok and Sao Paolo tend to look happiest in their shots, while those in Moscow appear most miserable.
2. Princeton mom is at it again. Susan Patton, of last year's "Listen up, ladies of Princeton! You should make sure to lock down a man as soon as possible" advice column, is back and more sure of herself than ever with a new piece aimed at giving young women the "straight talk" they're not getting anywhere else: "Young women in college need to smarten up and start husband-hunting," she says. She also wants to remind you that "men won't buy the cow if they get the milk for free," to which I respond: Really? You should never underestimate the value of free samples, Susan! (I'm not saying, but I'm just saying, if you know what I mean. Also, your analogy is stupid because women aren't cows and sex is something you do, not something you give away and can never get back.)
3. Some couples are paying each other to do chores. In what New York magazine describes as a scene right out of Portlandia, one couple has started paying each other to do everyday household tasks such as washing the dishes in an attempt to turn the "drudgery of cohabitation into a simple economic exchange." It may seem immature, but others are hailing it as a solution to the recent debates on how to split childcare and chores in a modern relationship, so maybe there's something to it?
4. Winter's not over yet. We may be a month out from spring, but you wouldn't know it by the freezing days and icy-cold nights most of the country has been suffering through (you win this round, Florida). And we're not out of the woods yet: While this weekend should be nice, another arctic blast is headed our way next week. Beat the winter blues with our advice on how to feel happier and less stressed in 24 hours.
5. You may soon see warnings on your sodas. The state of California is toying with the idea of mandating that warning labels delineating the ways in which sugar contributes to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease be affixed to all sodas and juices that have added sugar and 75 or more calories per 12 ounces. The measure, proposed last week by senator Bill Monning, would be the first in the nation.