Topic: Manners

10 Don’ts For Blind Dates: Advice Based On (Unpleasant) Experience

10 Don'ts For Blind Dates: Advice Based On (Unpleasant) Experience

I have been on a lot of first dates in my life, many of which were with people I had not yet met prior. Whether it was with people I had met through the Internet or through friends, I have experienced several instances of a romantic (or, at least, a semi-romantic) situation that went awry because the person lacked blind date etiquette. Much of this can be avoided with normal dating rules, but when it comes to hanging out with someone you’ve never met in-person, or perhaps never even seen an image of, there are specific frustrations that can arise.

Let me tell you about what happened last week… More »

How To Avoid Being A Complete Asshole Just Because ‘It’s The Holidays’

How To Avoid Being A Complete Asshole Just Because 'It's The Holidays'

As anybody who has ever worked in food service or retail knows, the holiday season sucks. They just completely and totally suck. You’re overworked, probably underpaid, everybody tips you less because they’re trying to save money — which is understandable but nonetheless very frustrating — and your bosses are constantly stressed out at you. Oh, and people will yell at you. For no reason. Just… no reason. You’ll smile sweetly because you have to, but inside, you will contemplate headbutting them with the strength of 1000 Guy Fieris. More »

Illustrated Guide: How To Be A Good American Tourist In Europe

Illustrated Guide: How To Be A Good American Tourist In Europe

We recently got back from a wonderful week on vacation in Berlin*. While there, we mistakenly partook in the local drunk food specialty–currywurst!–before heading off to a nice restaurant for our last evening in the city. Sure enough, the currywurst did not agree with us and we sat there in a crowd of urbane Germans with horrible visions of throwing up all over them and their fancy restaurant. It then occurred to us: nobody wants to be that American, vomitting all over the locals! Hence, today’s Illustrated Guide is intended to aid our fellow Americans in giving a good impression while visiting those threateningly sophisticated nations known collectively as Europe. More »

How Do You Respond To A Passive-Aggressive “You’re Welcome“?

How Do You Respond To A Passive-Aggressive "You're Welcome"?

This week, a terrible lady made Deputy Editor Ashley Cardiff feel very bad about her own manners–which defeats the purpose of manners! Ashley told EIC Jennifer Wright, who has also experienced the toxic, passive aggressive “You’re welcome,” and she explained that when people do this, you have to scream at them. You have to scream hard. Here, they discuss the best way to shame people for being passive aggressive assholes… More »

The Art of the Subject Change

The Art of the Subject Change

It’s a social scenario we’ve all encountered. You find yourself talking about something you don’t want to be talking about, and suddenly, you need an out. There’s no good way to escape the conversation or to get away from the person you’re talking to. You need a subject change, and you need it immediately. More »