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We dare you not to get goosebumps.

By Kristin Wong Jan 18, 2013 4:08PM

The Heart Beat is excited to introduce our new weekly feature, "True love stories." Each week, a couple with a truly amazing love story will be profiled. If you know a couple with a story worth sharing, please email us at msnlivingmail@micros​​​​oft.com for a chance to be featured.

True love stories: Nadine and Alan Smeltzer kept their childhood promise to marry each other.

In third grade, Nadine and Alan vowed to marry each other, sealing the promise with a kiss.

"Our young romance consisted of a kiss under the slide and a proclamation that when we grew up we would marry," Nadine wrote in an email to MSN's The Heart Beat. Her childhood sweetheart gave her a handmade Valentine that she kept for many years. "I gave him homemade heart cookies that year, which impressed him more than the kiss. This was 1967."

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The two were childhood friends, with Nadine calling Alan her "kindergarten buddy." But like a lot of grade school friends, the two soon went their separate ways. They lived their own lives, married, divorced, and had children.

 

Maybe it's just changing its look.

By Kristin Wong Jan 17, 2013 4:31PM

The New York Times posed the question this week in an article titled, "The End of Courtship?" 

Writer Alex Williams noted the new trend in dating that doesn't include, well, a date: 

"Instead of dinner-and-a-movie, which seems as obsolete as a rotary phone, they rendezvous over phone texts, Facebook posts, instant messages and other 'non-dates' that are leaving a generation confused about how to land a boyfriend or girlfriend." 

The Heart Beat has been wondering—is it true? Is courtship really dead, or is it taking a break? Maybe it's simply transformed into something unrecognizable and only seemingly unromantic. Maybe romance is just getting a makeover.

Photo: Rayes/Getty Images

 

"You can have your dream gun-themed wedding."

By Kristin Wong Jan 16, 2013 4:51PM

Las Vegas is known for its quirky wedding venues and services. There's the Denny's wedding chapel, for example. Oh, and if you're in a real hurry, you can get married curbside.

So maybe it's not terribly surprising that The Gun Store, one of Las Vegas' original shooting ranges, has recently added a wedding chapel.

Photo: Courtesy of PhotoFM.com/thegunstorelasvegas.com

 

A study on porn gets scrapped when scientists can't find any men who haven't been exposed to pornography.

By Kristin Wong Jan 15, 2013 4:01PM

This might be as interesting a finding as anything the study would have revealed.

Researchers in Canada wanted to compare the behavior of men who watch porn regularly with men who have never seen porn at all. But there was a small hitch in their plan—they couldn't find any men who had never watched porn.

Photo: Joel Addams/Getty Images

 

We want to feature pics of your sparkly bling in a new slideshow.

We love engagements, we love weddings and we love our readers!

We're building a slideshow of our favorite readers' rings and want to include yours. Share your photo by emailing us at msnlivingmail@microsoft.com. Please include your name, city and state as well as any info you’d like to share about your ring and your proposal

You can also share your images with us on Facebook.

We can't wait to see your rings!

Photo: Jeffrey Coolidge/Getty Images

Photo: Jeffrey Coolidge/Getty Images

 

A love story that'll have you seeing double.

By Kristin Wong Jan 14, 2013 5:32PM

As identical twins, Diane and Darlene Nettemeier have a lot in common. In fact, their husbands look exactly alike—they're twins, too.

Years ago, the sisters attended a twins' festival in Ohio. It was there that they met Mark Sanders—a handsome man who was also an identical twin. Upon meeting the women, Mark called his brother Craig, who was up in his hotel room. Craig recalled the love-at-first-sight moment:

Photo: Lee Avison/Getty Images

 

Got brown eyes and thin eyebrows? People trust you.

By Kristin Wong Jan 11, 2013 7:36PM

Trust is vital to a relationship, and it often takes time to garner trust. Both parties in the relationship must develop a sense of security and establish a commitment.

Having brown eyes helps, too.

Photo: William King/Getty Images

A recent study from Charles University in Prague found that brown-eyed men, in particular, are perceived as more trustworthy than their blue-eyed rivals. Overall, researchers found that it wasn't as much to do with brown eyes as it was the "baby-faced features that seem linked to having brown eyes," LiveScience reports.

But that's not where the superficial sense of security ends.

 

Very, very important Battle of the Sexes: Who’s the bigger grumpster dumpster in the morning?

By Glamour Magazine Jan 11, 2013 5:51PM

By Gena Kaufman

Surprise: it’s us, ladies. We’re totally morning beasts! According to a survey of 2,000 people in London, women are totally grumpier than men, with some accused by their colleagues of “being a strop” in the a.m. hours. “Strop” is British slang for "Get this beyotch some coffee," I think.

Photo: Asia Images Group/Getty Images

 
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