Studies Show Cat People Are Smarter Than Dog People

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Have you ever suspected that people who hang out with slinky, clever, moody cats are actually smarter than everyone with a goofy, friendly-to-everyone dog? Your hunch was likely correct, according to a new study carried out by Carroll University in Wisconsin. The study looked for personality traits in 600 college students that coincided with choices in pet ownership. Dog lovers tended to be more lively, but cat owners were “non-conformists” who preferred expediency to following the rules.

Cat lovers also scored higher on intelligence over all. So is the cat educating you, or do you just have to be smart to adequately care for such a mercurial animal?

Professor Denise Guastello noted that the difference in temperament might be because of the different needs of the two animals. “It makes sense that a dog person is going to be more lively, because they’re going to want to be out there…

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10 Ways You Know He’s A Keeper

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1. You’re his muse.

He constantly showers you with words of affirmation that let you know just how amazing he thinks you are and how much you inspire him to be a better person.

2. He’s your muse.

He encourages your growth, pushing you to be better in every aspect of your life: professionally, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

3. You’re his “go to” person.

When he needs advice, he goes to you. When he needs to make a huge decision, it is your opinion he values most. He seeks your approval and never wants to disappoint you.

4. He’s genuinely interested in you.

If he asks how your day went, he listens with intent and follows up with more questions. He wants to know everything about you: what makes you tick, what inspires you, who you are, who you want to be. He wants to know what kind of life…

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9 Things Women Will Always Find Attractive In Men

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Yesterday, Rob Fee discussed the 8 things men will always find attractive in women. As these things go — dissecting the nuances of what differentiates men and women is the grand national pastime of the Internet, after all — I got to wondering: what are the things that are always attractive in men, no matter what “your type” is? Whether you’re into Channing Tatum’s rippling pectorals or Shia Labeuf’s… Labeufy-ness, what is going to make you notice a guy across the room? I asked my girlfriends (who, it should be noted, all have vastly different opinions of what constitutes attractiveness in the guys they date) and pretty unsurprisingly, beneath nuanced types and funny fetishes, the core things boil down to be… the same. 

1. He’s good with his mom (and other female members of his family.)

Being respectful to his mother is a huge indicator of how a guy…

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21 Signs You Have A Great Boyfriend

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1. He is your number one fan. He is the first one to congratulate you when you passed all your subjects. He makes the layout of your tarpaulin when you were awarded as cum laude. He delivers the news to everyone when you win a certain contest. He may not carry cheerleading pompoms, but you he makes you feel that you are a superstar.

2. Even during your losing moments, he will still be very proud of you. He will cheer you up and tell you you’re still the best even though you failed to achieve an award you were aiming for or got defeated on a competition. Even if you feel like a pathetic loser, he will make you feel like a winner.

3. He does not fail to text and call you. Whether they are “good morning” and “good night” messages, or…

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13 Ways You Know You’re Dating A High-Quality Woman

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1. She encourages you to pursue your goals, but she doesn’t micromanage. She trusts you to make the right decisions in your own life. She’s the cheerleader, not the coach.

2. She doesn’t try to make you jealous. She’s secure in her worth, and your ability to recognize how valuable she is. She doesn’t need to play games to “trick” you into seeing her her for what she is.

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3. She doesn’t have a princess complex. She demands that you treat her with respect — but because she is a person you love, not because she is a woman and therefore magically entitled to something. Just as she would expect you to treat your friends and family with respect, she knows you wouldn’t treat her any other way. A high-quality woman wouldn’t be with a man who was disrespectful…

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12 Rules Men Should Follow When Texting Women

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It is my firm belief that texting has made dating far more confusing for everyone. Or less confusing. I’m not sure…

1. Just text us first. We love it. Promise. It doesn’t make you look weak or unmanly.

2. While you’re at it, come up with something more creative than “what’s up” to start off our interaction.

3. Replying to the paragraph-long anecdote we sent you with a “haha” or a “nice” is soul crushing. Stop that.

4. Punctuation is not the enemy. Also, using the wrong “to” or “your” is quite possibly one of the least attractive things you can do. Look it up.

5. Replying to my 2pm text at midnight is unacceptable (barring admission to the hospital, and it better have been for something gruesome that rendered you unconscious).

6. That said, when initiating texts after 10pm, do not expect to get laid that night. Plan in…

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