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Trending Topics: September 26, 2014

Each week, we are breaking down the latest stories in love, relationships and pop culture. Use them as ice breakers on your date this weekend, or as a cautionary tale in dating. Either way, we want to hear your opinions in the comment section!

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Clooney’s Getting Hitched

Italian wedding bells are ringing! The actor and perpetual bachelor George Clooney is set to marry fiancé Amal Alamuddin this weekend in Venice, Italy. The two arrived in Italy earlier this week with several members of their family and friends, including Clooney’s Casamigos Tequila business partner Rande Gerber and his supermodel wife Cindy Crawford. The wedded-couple-to-be will kick off their wedding weekend Friday night with a traditional night before the big day rehearsal dinner at The Cipriani. But most importantly, what will the bride-to-be wear? Sources speculate Amal will don an Alexander McQueen dress, just like the Duchess of Cambridge. Read more…

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Upcoming Stir Event: National Wing Women Weekend is Here!

There are Stir events happening every night all over the country, and we want to share with you a few of our favorites each week. Today we’re featuring a pre-glam night out for you and girlfriends at Benefit Cosmetics, complete with mini-makeovers and free samples!

In honor of National Wing Women Weekend, September 26-28th, Benefit Cosmetics is hosting Match members in 9 boutiques with exclusive after-hours parties for single ladies and their BFFs. Read more…

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Celebrating National Singles Week

By Dr. Helen Fisher, PhD. 

Hail to my single friends on National Singles Week.  I’m among you.  And I’m not alone.  Some 50% of all adult Americans are now single. And we rock—as is clear from the Match.com 2013 Singles in America study of all Americans. Read more…

Trending Topics: September 19, 2014

Each week, we are breaking down the latest stories in love, relationships and pop culture. Use them as ice breakers on your date this weekend, or as a cautionary tale in dating. Either way, we want to hear your opinions in the comment section!

Dax & Kristen Do Married Life with Samsung

Samsung might have found Apple loyalists’ soft spot with their new ad featuring newlyweds and expecting couple Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell. Samsung and Apple, who have had a long-standing battle in and out of the courtroom around smartphones and their copyrights, both released products this past month, but Samsung has taken their advertorials in a new direction, aiming directly at Apple’s tendency to “imitate” the Samsung innovations. Adding fuel to the fire, Samsung released a new commercial late Thursday night (the day before Apple’s newest iPhone 6 would be available in stores) featuring the hilarious celebrity couple utilizing a new tablet – receiving over 9 million video views overnight. Check out the adorable video here!

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Upcoming Stir Events: Bananagrams Happy Hours Across the Country

There are Stir events happening every night all over the country, and we want to share with you a few of our favorites each week. This week we’re featuring three upcoming game night events featuring the “anagram game that will drive you bananas,” Bananagrams!

The Stir team is always thinking of lively and organic ways to connect singles at its monthly happy hour events, and Bananagrams is known for bringing people together for good, old-fashioned fun driven by a one-of-a-kind wordplay experience. Together, Stir and Bananagrams are helping singles connect through a series of game nights across the country. Read more…

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of ‘Friends’: Falling For Your Best Friend

Monday marks the 20th anniversary of the ’90s hit sitcom ‘Friends,’ and to celebrate we’re digging into the science behind falling in love with your best friend. The iconic show drew viewers in with its diverse cast of characters, a few whom develop relationships far beyond friendship. Our Chief Scientific Advisor Dr. Helen Fisher explains why sometimes friends make for the best and longest-lasting life partners. 

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September 22nd commemorates the twentieth anniversary of the TV show Friends. As we look back, it’s clear to me why four of the six main characters fell in love with one another. This is natural. We are built to fall in love. But there are several things about these people and this show that made it almost inevitable. Read more…

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Announcing the MatchMade Scholarship Contest Winner

Today we’re excited to announce the winner of Match.com’s first MatchMade Scholarship Contest! Back in May Match launched its first ever scholarship contest for MatchMade kids – children of parents who met through Match. We received an overwhelming number of video entries from students eager to share their MatchMade stories, all vying for the Grand Prize: a $50,000 scholarship for the winner, and a $5,000 getaway for their parents who brought their families together.

The entries we received made us laugh, cry and tugged at our heartstrings; moving stories of families created through connections on Match. After narrowing down five finalists, Match put the public in charge of selecting the final scholarship winner by encouraging fans to share their favorite video through social media. Friends, families and supporters of all ages shared the finalists’ videos through Facebook and Twitter, encouraging their own networks to do the same. The result? Nearly 175,000 video shares between the five finalists!

After carefully tallying the grand total number of shares, we are thrilled to announce the MatchMade Scholarship Grand Prize winner is… Austin S. from Lake Dallas, Texas!



Q&A with Austin & Family

Austin, what are you going to do with the $50,000? What is your dream college plan?

I am looking to use this money to get a degree I can use in the field of education or even ministry. The real decision is whether to continue in community college for 2 years and then transfer to a more prestigious university, or go ahead and make the jump to live on campus now at a less prestigious 4 year university? Decisions….Decisions. I guess this is a really good problem to have!

Describe what this experience has meant to you. What have you learned? 

The sheer amount of people who stood up and helped spread the word of this contest is insane. It really shows how much this story really means if it can inspire so many people to support the cause. Match.com is doing something right.

Heather & Rich, now that you can finally relax, how much does the MatchMade Getaway mean to you?

The thought of a dream vacation for just the two of us is finally starting to set in. It’s been since 2008 since we have taken a vacation for just the two of us. We have spent the last several years working on becoming debt free, so elaborate vacations just haven’t been on our radar. We are still in strong discussions as to where we will go, but rest assured, it will be fabulous! Currently in the running is Turks and Caicos, Hawaii, New York City, Vancouver British Columbia, and possibly Europe. Wherever we end up it will be a very special vacation indeed! Thank You Match.com!!!!!

A big thank you to all who submitted, and thanks to everyone for voting for your favorites! The MatchMade videos have touch thousands of people and have resonated with other families across the country.

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Match Success Couple: Amy and Geoff

Geoff, an online dating newbie, joined match.com in the summer of 2012. Amy, a match.com vet, had just re-joined the site to spice things up for the summer. One random July day, Amy came across Geoff’s profile. Not only was she drawn to his uncanny resemblance to Brad Pitt, but she also loved the fact that his profile lacked shirtless selfies. After a few witty email exchanges (or at least attempts), the two met for dinner at Sunda, an Asian-fusion restaurant downtown. Read more…

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Trending Topics: September 12, 2014

Each week, we are breaking down the latest stories in love, relationships and pop culture. Use them as ice breakers on your date this weekend, or as a cautionary tale in dating. Either way, we want to hear your opinions in the comment section!

Royally Good News for the U.K.

Anglophiles everywhere are rejoicing after the announcement that Prince George, son of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, will soon have a new royal title: big brother! Clarence House, the royal residence of the Duke and Duchess, tweeted the news on Monday, just a week before Scotland’s independence vote is set to take place. Scottish separatists are theorizing that the announcement (and its timing) came at a suspicious time in order to boost support of a non-separated United Kingdom. The word is still out on the intent of the announcement, but polls show Scottish support for independence is slipping. Read more…

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Upcoming Stir Event: Match Bachelor Showcase Benefiting the American Heart Association

Did you know 70% of men say they are more interested in healthy behaviors when they are in relationships? In order to help #DumpHeartDisease, Match is hosting a bachelor showcase for single women to win dates with one of ten New York City bachelors, all for a charitable cause. Ladies, grab your girlfriends and come celebrate World Heart Day in red-carpet fashion at one of NYC’s hottest venues! Read more…