• Just Explain It: Finding The Probability Of Love

    Love. It’s something we all want, but when you consider that there are over 300 million people in the country and 7 billion people on the planet, it’s amazing that two people in love would have had the chance to meet, let alone connect.

    Finding someone - the right someone - can seem daunting with so many people out there, but what if you could crunch the numbers to figure the odds of finding that perfect someone for you? And then what if you could maximize the chances of meeting him or her?

    Well, it’s all been done and we’ll show you how, on today’s Just Explain It.

    After considering things like looks and personality, age and location, and intangibles like chemistry, the chances of finding Mister or Miss Right can seem statistically impossible.

    [Related: Dating Dealbreakers: 8 Danger Signs We All Overlook]

    Well, hopefully you will find some measure of comfort in the story of Peter Backus.

    In 2008, after three years of not having a girlfriend, Peter Backus, then- a London graduate student,

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  • Study: Stress Isn't Hot

    Stress makes its mark on the female face, according to a new study that finds men judge women with high levels of a stress hormone less attractive.

    The finding is a gender turnaround on previous research that has found that women go for low-stress guys, too. Stress can suppress fertility, said study researcher Markus Rantala, a professor of biology at the University of Turku in Finland. Thus, Rantala told LiveScience, it's no surprise that both men and women might have evolved to prefer chilled-out faces.

    But the new study does suggest one intriguing gender difference: Men weren't more attracted to women with stronger immune systems, another factor that can show up in facial features. Even so, previous research on men's judgments of beauty has found that women prefer guys with strong immune responses.

    "Our major finding is a little bit of a disappointment for us, because we didn't find that immunology is linked to attractiveness in women," Rantala said. [Busted! 6 Gender Myths in the

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  • Love Is Blind, Even with Dollar Signs

    COUNTRY Survey: Couples Are Eager to Trust, But Hesitant to Discuss Debt, Joint Finances

    BLOOMINGTON, Ill., May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Can you have trust without communication in a marriage? Perhaps when it comes to finances. According to the latest COUNTRY Financial Security Index® survey, 63 percent of married Americans completely trust their spouse's money management skills. Yet, 42 percent say they did not discuss how they would handle their joint finances before marriage.

    A majority of married Americans don't seem to openly discuss their finances during marriage either. Perhaps because of their trusting nature, 52 percent of them do not feel the need to ask spousal permission to make purchases outside of their usual household expenses. However, men are more inclined to seek permission (47 percent) than women (35 percent).

    "It's important to have open communication about your finances both before and during marriage," says Joe Buhrmann, manager of financial security support at COUNTRY Financial. "Love may be blind, but your financial plan shouldn't be. Couples should

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  • Just Explain It: Six Degrees of Separation

    How many people are really six introductions away from someone like Brad Pitt, Oprah or someone they have yet to meet? The idea of six degrees of separation has been around for over 80 years. And, with social networking sites booming, more people are connecting across the globe than ever before.  The world is shrinking…figuratively speaking. 

    We’ll take a look at whether six degrees of separation is fact or fiction, and give it a test-run ourselves. That's the topic of today's "Just Explain It." 

    First, let’s take a look back.  The Hungarian writer Frigyes Karinthy in a short story called “Chains” first proposed the theory of six degrees in 1929.  Karinthy’s belief was that we are all connected to each other by a string of friends, and that string was made up of six or less people.  But he had little evidence to back up his suggestion. 

    Over the years, many attempts have been made to prove that mutual friends might connect two random people. 

    In the 1960s, social psychologist Stanley

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