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  • Tip of the Year 1

    Don't ever create a spreadsheet to keep track of your online dates!

    Hey fellas, we know the internet dating scene can be complicated and confusing, so if we can offer you one piece of advice, it's this: Don't ever create a spreadsheet to keep track of your online dates! Apparently David Merkur did not get the memo. The 28-year-old New York City investment banker created a very tidy Excel spreadsheet to monitor his many online dates, and then moronically emailed it to one of the women he was seeing. She sent it to someone else and…viral sensation! Our story on Merkur brought in 260,059 page views. The chart includes colour codes for who to "monitor closely" or "monitor casually" and a physical attractiveness rating on a 10-point scale, as well as details about how the dates went. Needless to say, the internet did not react kindly to Merkur's penchant for tidily sorting women into boxes like chunks of data. The nerdy Casanova wasn't afraid to defend himself though, telling Jezebel that spreadsheets are a "great additional tool. I work long days, go to the gym, go out on a couple of midweek dates or what not, get home late...how am I going to remember them? I'm not. So I made the spreadsheets." As is to be expected when one commits such a monumentally boneheaded move, Merkur tells Jezebel just days after the chart went viral "this is the worst day of my life." If you'd like to avoid a similar low point in your life, don't make a spreadsheet of your online dates, and if you do, keep it to yourself.

  • Tip of the Year 2

    A good warmup routine always helps

    So much for touching toes, deep knee bends and deep breathing. You want to win a gold medal, you follow the lead of an Australian hurdler Michelle Jenneker, whose warmup dance before her heat at the World Junior Athletics Championships this summer spread through the internet faster than the Jamaican relay team.

  • Tip of the Year 3

    When Morgan Stanley trims estimates of an IPO they're the lead underwriter on, investors should probably listen.

    For anyone whose parents taught them to do as they do and not as they say, Morgan Stanley's actions in the leadup to May's Facebook IPO should have been all they needed to run for the exits. As the investment world consumed one wave of Zuckerbergian hype after another, Morgan Stanley consumer Internet analyst Scott Devitt trimmed his earnings forecasts and sent a note to investors days before the company went public. Despite the storm of ever-inflating valuation figures, when the lead underwriter of an offering decides to dim the numbers somewhat, that should be a sign to the market – and investors – to hit the brakes. The other leads in the deal, JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs, followed suit. Unfortunately everyone else was too carried away to notice. We all know what happened next: no one listened, everyone dove over each other to get in on the action, and a lot of investors remain significantly underwater as the share value languishes at about half of the original strike price. It's a classic tale of expectations exceeding reality, and when the folks with the greatest visibility into what's truly going on send out a warning, it always makes sense to listen.

  • Tip of the Year 4

    When it comes to public breakups, perception is all that matters

    The Kristen Stewart/Robert Pattinson was certainly the focus of plenty of celebrity gossip in 2012, and for the most part, the overall opinion seemed to be that Kristen Stewart was the cheating homewrecker who deserved plenty of hate from fans and non-fans alike. That this was the overwhelming narrative of the story is not surprising – celebrity news likes its stories to be black and white, with little to no grey area at all. But, really, where was the public shaming of Rupert Sanders? The 41-year-old film director was married with several children, and while Sanders certainly didn't come out of this scandal smelling like roses, he did not experience nearly as much scolding as Stewart did. Was it because Stewart was simply more famous, and therefore more deserving of the negative spotlight? Or do we just want to see successful women taken down a peg? Do people believe that married men simply can't help themselves when it comes to younger, attractive women?

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Poll Choice Options
  • Don't gamble on IPOs
  • Spreadsheet dates
  • Avoid public breakups
  • Always warm up