Dr. Ruth and Mr. Peanut Answer Your Burning Questions About Love and Sex This Valentine's Day


Do you have burning questions about love, intimacy, and relationships? A top hat-wearing peanut and a 90-year-old sex therapist want to give you some life advice this Valentine’s Day. In an unlikely collaboration, Dr. Ruth Westheimer has teamed up with Planters’s Mr. Peanut to offer a “crunchtime” hotline in the days leading up to the holiday.

Those who are familiar with Dr. Ruth’s past radio and television shows can expect to see her address similar themes and topics. This time, though, she’ll be targeting a younger audience. There are two ways to participate: by tweeting your question to Mr. Peanut (@MrPeanut) and using the #AskDrRuth hashtag, or by leaving a voice message at 844-4-DR-RUTH.

Dr. Ruth will personally be responding to tweets (yes, she’s on Twitter) and calling back people who leave messages. Some of her answers will also appear in a video that’s expected to come out next Tuesday.

A promotional video posted to Twitter provides a few sample questions, like “What’s a good last minute gift?” and “What do I say on Valentine’s Day if I’m bad at being romantic?”

Although these questions are pretty PG-rated, sex talk isn’t off-limits. One Twitter user got the ball rolling by asking how she could spice things up in the bedroom. Mr. Peanut replied, “Something tells me Dr. Ruth will know just what to do here. I’ll send this her way!”

Several other people wanted to know which foods are aphrodisiacs (in case you don’t want to wait for an answer, ginseng and saffron have been found to improve sexual functioning).

The hotline comes on the heels of Dr. Ruth’s announcement that she’s updating her Sex for Dummies book for Millennial readers. Expect to see the new edition, as well as a new Hulu documentary about her life and work, released sometime this year.

Presidents Day vs. President's Day vs. Presidents' Day: Which One Is It?


Happy Presidents’ Day! Or is it President’s Day? Or Presidents Day? What you call the national holiday depends on where you are, who you’re honoring, and how you think we’re celebrating.

Saying "President’s Day" implies that the day belongs to a singular president, such as George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, whose birthdays are the basis for the holiday. On the other hand, referring to it as "Presidents’ Day" means that the day belongs to all of the presidents—that it’s their day collectively. Finally, calling the day "Presidents Day"—plural with no apostrophe—would indicate that we’re honoring all POTUSes past and present (yes, even Andrew Johnson), but that no one president actually owns the day.

You would think that in the 140 years since "Washington’s Birthday" was declared a holiday in 1879, someone would have officially declared a way to spell the day. But in fact, even the White House itself hasn’t chosen a single variation for its style guide. They spelled it “President’s Day” here and “Presidents’ Day” here.

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Maybe that indecision comes from the fact that Presidents Day isn’t even a federal holiday. The federal holiday is technically still called “Washington’s Birthday,” and states can choose to call it whatever they want. Some states, like Iowa, don’t officially acknowledge the day at all. And the location of the punctuation mark is a moot point when individual states choose to call it something else entirely, like “George Washington’s Birthday and Daisy Gatson Bates Day” in Arkansas, or “Birthdays of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson” in Alabama. (Alabama loves to split birthday celebrations, by the way; the third Monday in January celebrates both Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert E. Lee.)

You can look to official grammar sources to declare the right way, but even they don’t agree. The AP Stylebook prefers “Presidents Day,” while Chicago Style uses “Presidents’ Day.”

The bottom line: There’s no rhyme or reason to any of it. Go with what feels right. And even then, if you’re in one of those states that has chosen to spell it “President’s Day”—Washington, for example—and you use one of the grammar book stylings instead, you’re still technically wrong.

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California Retirement Home Put Residents' Vintage Wedding Dresses on Display


You know you’ve reached a certain level of maturity when many of your once-modern day belongings can be described as vintage. It’s a term the residents of the Stoneridge Creek retirement community are taking in stride this month, because some of their (yes, vintage) wedding dresses are now on display.

The Pleasanton, California retirement home has created an elaborate presentation of more than 20 dresses with various laces, styles, and lengths, some of which date back to 1907, along with wedding photos and other memorabilia to commemorate Valentine’s Day. The public is invited, but if you’re not local, you can catch a glimpse of the dresses in the video below.

This isn’t the first time Stoneridge Creek has made news. In 2015, a number of residents came together to craft quilts for residents who had served in the military. The group worked in secret to make the customized quilts honoring their service, then surprised them with the gifts on Veterans Day.

[h/t ABC7]