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SEPTEMBER 14-20, 2016 UCW 25 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM WEEKLY HOROSCOPE ADVICE GODDESS Aisle Always Love You My boyfriend and I have been together for a year and a half, and we really love each other. His parents adore me and are thrilled that he might not die alone. After his mom saw us being all cuddly in the supermarket, she warned him that we may be getting in people's way or annoying them by "hanging all over each other." (We aren't doing anything dirty or gross — just hand-holding, play wrestling, quick kisses.) She wondered whether we do this because one of us is insecure. I felt sort of offended. We're just affectionate. Most people who see us smile. — Lovey-Dovey Even if what you're publicly displaying is affection, not foreplay, there are a number of reasons it may make onlookers uncomfortable: It's them. (They were raised to think PDA is not okay.) It's their relationship. (The more warm, cuddly and adorbs you two are the more you remind them that their relationship temperature is about 3 degrees above "bitter divorce.") It's the wrong time and place. (They're watching you do huggy headlocks at Granny's funeral.) You're actually onto something by being so physically demonstrative. Charles Darwin observed that expressing the physical side of an emotion — that is, "the outward signs," like the yelling that goes with rage — amps up the emotion. Modern research finds that he was right. For example, clinical psychologist Joan Kellerman and her colleagues had total strangers do something lovers do — gaze deeply into each other's eyes. Subjects who did this for just two minutes "reported significantly more feelings of attraction, interest, warmth, etc. for each other" than subjects in the "control" condition (who spent the two minutes looking down at each other's hands). Research on touch has found similar effects. The upshot? Act cuddly-wuddly and cuddly-wuddly feelings should follow. Maybe you can science his mom into feeling better by explaining this. Consider that she may just be worried that you two are going to burn yourselves out. If you think that's part of it, you might clue her in on what the greeting cards don't tell you: Love is also a biochemical process, and a year and a half in, you're surely out of the hormonal hurricane stage. You also might dial it down a little around her (not because you're doing anything wrong but because it's nice to avoid worrying Mumsy if you can). The reality is, we all sometimes get in other people's way when we're trying to find something at the supermarket — organic Broccolini… grape kombucha…precancerous polyp in the girlfriend's throat. Copyright Amy Alkon NEWS OF THE WEIRD by CHUCK SHEPPARD The recently concluded Olympics included a few of the more obscure athletic endeavors (such as dressage for horses and steeplechase for humans), but U.S. colleges compete in even less-heralded "sports," such as wood chopping, rock climbing, fishing and broomball. Universit y of Alabama, 2015 national football champions, dominates also in the 280-school bass-fishing competition, and New York's Paul Smith College's 5,000-student campus raucously cheers its championship log-split ting team (against seven other schools). And Ohio State whipped another football powerhouse, Nebraska, in ice-based broomball. [Wall Street Journal, 8-22-2016] Why? Because We Can, That's Why We now have computer or cell phone apps to, for example, analyze the qualit y of one's tongue- kissing; alert you when your zipper is inadvertently down; make a refrigerator also be a stereo and photo album; notif y you when you need to drink more water; check the male-female ratio at local bars so, if you're on the prowl, you can plan your evening efficiently; and reveal whether your partner has had someone else in bed while you were away (via differential contours of the mat tress). And then, in August, the creators of the new South Park virtual realit y game announced that they had figured out how to release a "fart" smell that is crucial to game- players when they put on the VR mask. [New York Times, 7-10-2016] [New York Post, 7-24-2016] [Daily Telegraph (London), 4-14-2016] [AdWeek, 8-26-2016] Inexplicable: Pizza Hut announced in August that it had finally mastered the technolog y to turn its cardboard delivery boxes into customers' workable disk-jockey turntables and will make them available shortly in five stores in the United Kingdom. (Each box has t wo record decks, a cross-fader, pitch and cue controls, and the abilit y to rewind.) Music stars P Money and DJ Vectra are featured, and the boxes will sync via Bluetooth to phones and computers. [Daily Mirror (London), 8-23-2016] COPYRIGHT CHUCK SHEPPARD ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, exercise patience as you try to resolve a situation this week. You may have found a solution that works for everyone, but it may take time for others to adjust. TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, you spend much of the week daydreaming, but someone or something unexpected snaps you back to reality. Enjoy this pleasant surprise. GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, others interpret your focus this week as single-mindedness, and they aren't quite sure what to make of it. Do your best to keep colleagues in the loop. CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, you are not a fan of instability, which is why you like to plan everything down to the smallest detail. This week you may have to loosen up a little bit. LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, you manage to attract attention pretty much everywhere you go this week, in spite of your efforts to be as inconspicuous as possible. Chalk it up to your magnetic personality. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, you are emotionally charged of late, and that is perfectly fine. It may take a few days for you to begin thinking more with your head than your heart. LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, a friend's free spirit inspires you in the week ahead. Team up and plan an adventure together, or simply find time to spend with each other. SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, many thoughts are swirling around in your head, and this puts you in an introspective mood. Make the most of this reflective period and think about your long-term goals. SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, professional obligations are keeping you close to home and that can be frustrating when you want to wander. Check the calendar to see when you can get away. CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, make the most of your positive attitude and look for fun ways to spend time with friends and family. Engage in some light conversation with others who share your optimism. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, a rewarding feeling awaits as you work to solve a challenging problem. The solution won't come easy, but your hard work will pay off. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Others are noticing the excellent work you have been doing, Pisces. Anticipate a few pats on the back and enjoy all of the praise. Amy Alkon Chuck Sheppard before anything else, we're all human rethink your bias at lovehasnolabels.com