Try Not to Cry While Watching Humans of New York’s Heartwrenching First Video

Chances are you’ve seen a photo taken by Brandon Stanton — the founder of the fascinating photo series “Humans of New York” poignantly documents moments in the lives of ordinary New Yorkers, and he’s just put out the series‘ first-ever video.
Watch the video to get a glimpse into the life of Shirley Hyman, a 100-year-old New Yorker who goes on camera to reminisce about Moe, her now-deceased husband and the love of her life. ”It was a meeting of the souls,” the centenarian says. Pro tip: have your tissues at the ready.
[h/t Mashable]

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Attending a Wedding? That’ll Be $600

The average cost of attending a wedding is now up to $592. To clarify, that is not the average cost of getting married — that would be reasonable. No, $592 is the cost of just attending someone else’s wedding. As a guest. You don’t even get a spouse out of the whole thing.
Also, your $592 semi-required vacation doesn’t include the requisite gift. You thought it included the gift? Hahahaha. No. It doesn’t. That’s an extra $109, on average, bringing the actual total to $701. That is a lot of dollars. That is 75 percent more dollars than it cost to watch other people get hitched in 2012. You could pay a month’s rent (not in New York) for those dollars, or feed some orphans, or buy a 64GB iPad Air, or something. And just think about what you could do with $701 times however many weddings you’re going to this summer! Or don’t think about it — it hurts too much.
[h/t BroBible]

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You May Not Know What the ‘Benjamin Franklin Effect’ Is, But It Can Make Your Fledgling Relationship Stronger

There’s an odd psychological phenomenon called the Benjamin Franklin effect that basically says doing someone a favor will make you like them more — even more so than if they did a favor for you.
The folks over at Soul Pancake decided to do a little experiment to see how the Benjamin Franklin effect plays out in romantic relationships, and got four adorable couples to adorably demonstrate just how much your feelings of love can intensify with each act of kindness you do for your partner.
Of course, love is no one-sided thing, so take a break from all your mega-declarations of love every once in awhile and give your partner a chance to show you some of the same — it’ll do your relationship good.
[h/t Brain Pickings]

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You Might Be Surprised by the Scientific Reason Women Love Rockstars

Nobody appreciates complicated music like an ovulating lady, says a bizarre new study from the University of Sussex. Apparently, women in their most fertile phases are overwhelmingly attracted to guys who produce elaborate jams — the more musical, the better.
To figure it out, researchers attended a rock concert asked nearly 1,500 women to listen to a series of tunes — all similar in melody, but different in complexity — and then evaluate how likely they’d be to want a short- or long-term relationship with the composer. Most of the time, women didn’t exhibit a preference either way, and the composers of the simple tunes seemed just as attractive as the composers of the fancy arias. But that all changed when women were at peak fertility. When women were ovulating, they consistently wanted short-term flings with the composers of the complicated music. Notably, their hormones didn’t change their long-term preferences, just their short-term ones. Which, practical. Rockstars don’t have the best reputation for sticking around anyway.
The same findings did not hold true with complicated visual art, however — music, it seems, occupies an evolutionary category of its own. And that’s significant: according to the researchers, this study might provide the first concrete evidence supporting Darwin’s theory that “the primary biological function of music is sexual courtship.” It’s possible that music is a way for people to “display specific adaptive qualities.” If you can come up with a complicated tune, in other words, then you’re probably creative, innovative, and able to learn — all traits that make you desirable as a potential mate. Or at least, a potential baby-daddy.
Does the same hold true when the sexes are reversed? Are women who can compose complex tunes extra attractive to men? More research is needed, but the Sussex team thinks it’s possible. And I, for one, certainly hope so — make my years of viola lessons count for something, you know?
[h/t The Telegraph]

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