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How Do I Get My Coworker to Wear Shoes in the Office? How Do I Get My Coworker to Wear Shoes in the Office?

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No More Wedding Gifts No More Wedding Gifts

In theory, we give gifts at weddings for two reasons:

Keep Your Hands Out of Reggie Watts' Hair Keep Your Hands Out of Reggie Watts' Hair

POP QUIZ: You’re about to meet comedian, musician, and likely space alien Reggie Watts! What do you do when you meet him? A) Tell him you love his work. B) Ask ‘Who’s Reggie Watts?’ Or C) Put your hands in his hair?

Why the Hell Are People Licking this Statue of Benedict Cumberbatch?  Why the Hell Are People Licking this Statue of Benedict Cumberbatch? 

You may have seen, recently, the life-sized Benedict Cumberbatch made of chocolate. Well, the creators left it in a shopping center with cameras to capture the reactions. People actually, ACTUALLY broke off pieces and ate them. Haven’t you weirdos ever heard of germs?

We're All a Bunch of Noncommittal Assholes Who Can't RSVP We're All a Bunch of Noncommittal Assholes Who Can't RSVP

Prepare thine hair shirt as penance: Lizzie Post, the great-great granddaughter of the most correctly etiquetted person in the history of the world has decreed that "We are worse at RSVP-ing than we have ever been," and this critical mass of incompetence is ruining everything.

Can You Wear White to a Gay Wedding if There’s No Bride? Can You Wear White to a Gay Wedding if There’s No Bride?

More states are legalizing same-sex marriage, which means more Americans are attending their first gay weddings. It goes without saying that the etiquette is almost totally the same—it's just another wedding, after all. But there's one rule that might give attendees some pause: If there's no bride, can you wear white?

Looking to Emasculate a Man? Open His Door for Him! Looking to Emasculate a Man? Open His Door for Him!

Congratulations, womyn! We've finally found the key to destroying masculinity (THE GOAL, I say. THE GOAL, you echo) and it's so simple that I cannot believe we haven't of it before. Turns out that all you have to do to turn a man into a frantic, insecure mess is to hold the door open for him and allow him to walk in…

It's Not Fake to Be Polite: A Defense of Etiquette It's Not Fake to Be Polite: A Defense of Etiquette

Over the past day or so (and constantly over the past several centuries), there has been a lot of talk about how people (mostly women) should and should not speak. First, there was Senator Kirsten Gillibrand slightly confusing bit of advice on how a woman who wants to be taken seriously should "speak less like a young…

Lena Dunham Speaketh the Truth: Talking About Your Dog in Polite Company Is Just Bad Manners Lena Dunham Speaketh the Truth: Talking About Your Dog in Polite Company Is Just Bad Manners

When Lena Dunham's new advice book/memoir/diary finally reaches the masses, it will most likely serve as a handbook for modern living. Everyone will finally get an uninhibited glimpse into the mind of Lena Dunham. What does she eat when it's cold? When it's hot? Does she have a special name for those rubber shoes old…

How to Use a Public or Shared Restroom Since It's Pretty Clear You Don't Have a Goddamn Clue How to Use a Public or Shared Restroom Since It's Pretty Clear You Don't Have a Goddamn Clue

Don't you just love modern conveniences? Drunken nights and certain New York neighborhoods aside, for the most part, we have progressed past pissing and shitting in the street. The toilet and the sewer system! A thing of beauty. Neat, quick, clean disposal of the excrement and detritus human existence is plagued by.…

Please Do Not Hire A Manners Coach for Your Spoiled Child Please Do Not Hire A Manners Coach for Your Spoiled Child

DO: teach your kid basic table manners. DON'T: employ a kid-friendly Henry Higgins to teach little Madison to differentiate between salad and dinner forks.

An Open Letter to Men Who Spit All the Time: WTF Is Going on in Your Mouth?! An Open Letter to Men Who Spit All the Time: WTF Is Going on in Your Mouth?!

I'd like to start out by thanking the man walking toward me on East 33rd between Fifth and Madison who spit at my feet just as we crossed paths on my way to lunch today. Before then I had no idea what I'd be writing about, then voilà: inspiration. So, nasty yuck mouth spit at a stranger's feet, no manners having, rude…

Volunteer Ninjas in London Movie Theater Sound Utterly Terrifying Volunteer Ninjas in London Movie Theater Sound Utterly Terrifying

Let's say you're watching a movie (let's just say it, all hypothetical-like), and this movie that you're watching — in a theater, a dark theater — is about ninjas, and you're confused because the whole thing is in subtitles plus you don't even like ninja movies, so you turn to your friend or your cat that you've snuck…

Well, thank goodness that's settled: Miss Manners has ruled on whether it's OK to propose marriage via text message.

Men Too Busy Saving Their Own Asses to Let Women and Children Go First Men Too Busy Saving Their Own Asses to Let Women and Children Go First

When a gunman opened fire on an Aurora, Colorado movie theater earlier this month, three men died protecting their girlfriends, while another ran from the theater, got in his truck, and drove away, saying later that he "went to get help." The media (us included) heaped praise on the the dead men, extolling them as…

Conservative Male Politician to Offer Classes on How to Be a Proper Lady Conservative Male Politician to Offer Classes on How to Be a Proper Lady

Women of Brooklyn, are your manners feeling not-so-fresh? Well, state Senator Marty Golden may be just the douche you need to make sure you don't leave a bad taste in the mouths of future potential employers who are looking for a lady who can walk and talk like how ladies are supposed to walk and talk. That's right —…

MIT Offers Awesome Classes to Give Nerds Social Skills MIT Offers Awesome Classes to Give Nerds Social Skills

Nerds may be able to let their freak flags fly in the protected confines of the MIT campus, but the same can't necessarily be said for the real world. That's why the school has wisely been offering something called "Charm School" for its students. CBS Sunday Morning went inside this elective day of classes that covers…

Should You Tell Your Loved Ones They Are Fat This Holiday Season? Should You Tell Your Loved Ones They Are Fat This Holiday Season?

Is your fondest holiday wish to permanently alienate one of your nearest and dearest? Are you looking for a way to ensure that your relatives never invite you to another festive family celebration? Well then perhaps you should follow this advice from the BBC: "Tell loved ones they are overweight this Christmas."

Finishing School:  So You Don't Look Like A Jerk Around Rich People Finishing School: So You Don't Look Like A Jerk Around Rich People

Finishing school, once the realm of the tiny daughters of steel magnates training for a future in rich housewifery, is now a different animal. While finishing-school grads can still walk like non-water buffalos and clap after the opera in a way that doesn't cause mass monocle-poppings, the reason for mastering the…

Is it Ever OK to Leave Voicemail Anymore? Is it Ever OK to Leave Voicemail Anymore?

The ubiquity of voicemail made sense when our phones lived in the kitchen, not our pockets—before SMS and twitter and the dozens of other ways we now stay perma-connected. So when does it make sense to use voicemail?

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