Teens Under Assault by Multiple Menacing Trends

Hamilton Nolan · 06/21/10 10:13AM

Growing up these days is no walk in the idealized child-friendly park. Kids face a variety of trend-based obstacles, from rubber-band bracelets to sexxxting. And crappy childhoods are now more expensive than ever!

Lazy Running or Hard Running Will Kill You

Hamilton Nolan · 03/18/10 10:31AM

When you go to work out should you be all focused and intense and hardcore, or should you just be flipping through some magazine on the elliptical, while sexting? Well, look at it this way: Do you want to die?

Refrigerignorance: America's Plague

Hamilton Nolan · 02/24/10 10:30AM

Americans: Why are we so nasty? Appliance scientists (appliantists) say that our average countrymen only clean their refrigerators once or twice a year—which is once or twice more than you do. We just don't know what we're doing, fridge-wise.

How to Destroy a Perfectly Good Fake Trend Story

Hamilton Nolan · 02/09/10 01:06PM

We all know that New York Times fake trend stories are annoying because they are 1) fake, and 2) trend stories. But do not neglect their third worst quality: many are terribly written. Allow us to show you.

Counterpoint: Midtown Sucks

Hamilton Nolan · 11/18/09 12:32PM

Hello, the very latest made-up trend you must know about unless you are some sort of plebe is the simple fact that Midtown is back. According to everybody.

Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter tells the New York Observer that Midtown is back. You know who agrees with him? Catherine Malandrino, and restaurateur Gherardo Guarducci, and Waris Ahluwalia, "the turbaned jewelry designer and fixture in Wes Anderson films," and nightlife photographer Patrick McMullan, and socialite Ann Dexter-Jones, and socialite Bettina Zilkha, and socialite Lisa Anastos, and socialite Derek Blasberg, and fashion designer Prabal Gurung, and Le Caprice owner Richard Caring, and designer Devi Kroell, and gallery owner Neal Grayson.

Put a (Man-gagement) Ring on It

cityfile · 11/13/09 02:10PM

Have you heard that some whiny men are now asking/demanding that their wives-to-be give them a "man-gagement" ring before getting married? According to a poll conducted by Brides.com (which may or may not have been funded by the jewelry industry), 45 percent of women said they'd consider buying their fiancé an engagement band. Really? Well, at least they'll both have something to take to the pawn shop when they split up! [NYDN, ABC News]

But What Will Parenthood Mean For Your Yuppie Fitness Routine?

Hamilton Nolan · 10/01/09 10:17AM

Parenthood these days: It is full of challenges, or so we hear! As a parent, will you be able to successfully continue jogging? And what about your tennis game, and the peer pressure that goes with it? Parenting is hard!