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Watch: NFL player asks Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman on a date

Team USA gynmast Aly Raisman is single for now, but she may be off the market soon. 

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In a video, Oakland Raiders tight end Colton Underwood asks the Olympic gold medal winner if she wants to go on a double date with him and two other famous people: Raiders long snapper Andrew East and his wife, former gymnast and 2008 Summer Olympics gold medalist Shawn Johnson.

"Just wanted to congratulate you on all your success in the competitions and representing the USA over there," Underwood said. "I know I've been following along ... If you're ever in San Jose and want to go on a double date with me and Andrew and Shawn, let me know."

Raisman, 22, watched the video via Yahoo Sports and smiled, saying, "He's very cute," and that she would go on a date with him.

Would Team USA gymnast Aly Raisman date a player from The Oakland Raiders?Posted by Yahoo News on Monday, August 22, 2016

Raisman and the other Final Five members will be in San Jose on Sep. 18 for their champions tour, according to Sporting News.

Man, 18, and wife, 71, live blissfully despite 53-year age difference

The age difference may throw some off, but for one Tennessee couple, their love was an "instant connection."

Gary Hardwick, 18, and Almeda Hardwick, 71, of Sevierville, Tennessee, were married in 2015 and said there has been chemistry since they first met at the funeral of Almeda’s son in June of that year, the Knoxville News-Sentinel reported.

"I had prayed about my soul mate for like, two years, so, you know, I was lonely. I had no one, so God sent him to me,” Almeda said.

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"When I looked into her eyes I knew it. Her eyes were a dead giveaway,” Gary added.

The couple dated for three weeks before getting married in October 2015. Gary told the News-Sentinel that everyone has been supportive of the relationship so far even if the marriage threw them off a little.

"Everybody was happy for us really," he said. "Like the day after the wedding, I posted the wedding pictures on Facebook, and obviously (they were) shocked that we got married because nobody even knew we were dating or anything until I posted the wedding photos. They were like, 'Whoa.' But, I mean, they were happy for us.”

Gary added that he has always been attracted to older women, and had been in a "troubled relationship" with a 77-year-old woman when he met Almeda. "I've never dated anyone my age. Even in school, I was never interested ... I don't know why. It's just my attraction, my preference I guess," he told the News-Sentinel.

The couple said they share similar interest including traveling, watching movies, cooking and singing with Gary showing Almeda rap music and her returning the favor with hits from the 1950s. They now live together with two of Almeda’s grandchildren -- ages 17 and 22 -- and share their life on a YouTube channel titled "Gary and Almeda Hardwick."

"He's good looking, handsome and he takes pride in himself too," she told the News-Sentinel. "I couldn't ask for a better husband. He's the best."

Read more at the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

Posted by Gary Hardwick on Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Woman, 19-year-old son fall in love, fight for relationship amid legal charges

Monica Mares and Caleb Peterson could face up to 18 months in jail if found guilty of incest at a trial later this year in New Mexico, according to the Daily Mail.

But the 36-year-old woman and her 19-year-old son say they are in love, and they are willing to do anything to fight for their relationship.

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"He is the love of my life, and I don't want to lose him," Mares told the Daily Mail. "My kids love him, my whole family does. Nothing can come between us not courts or jail. Nothing."

Mares, who has eight other children, said she would be willing to give up the right to see her other children in order to be with Peterson.

"Whatever it takes to be together," she said.

Mares gave birth to Peterson when she was 16 years old. She named him Carlos and gave him up for adoption. He was later renamed by his adoptive parents.

The mother and son met again last year when Peterson was 18, according to the Daily Mail. They got in touch on Facebook, and agreed to meet.

Mares picked Peterson up from his adoptive father's house in Texas on Christmas Day and brought him to her home.

Mares said their relationship started out as a familial one.

"I met him outside, and I knew it was him when he came towards me," she said. "He was crying, and he gave me a hug. It was almost love at first sight, but first it was mother love. He gave me a mother hug. He came home in the truck and came to live with me, and we were both happy as mother and son."

Then, she said she started getting "crazy" feelings. 

"It felt like I met somebody new in my life, and I fell in love with him," Mares said. "At first I told him, 'I'm sorry. I don't know how you are going to react to this. I'm your mom, and you're my son, but I'm falling in love with you.' And he said, 'You know what, I am too. I was scared to let you know.' He was falling in love with his mom, and I was falling in love with my son. We talked about it, and we took off to the park. I said, 'Would you ever date your mom?' And he said, 'Would you ever date your son?' And I said, 'Honest truth -- yes, I would.'"

"I never had anyone cook me meals or give me anything," Peterson said. "I never got anything my entire life, and she went out of her way to make me happy, and after about a week or so, I started having feelings for her, and I guess I fell in love. It went beyond a mother-son relationship. I never really viewed her as my mom. In certain aspects I do, but mostly, I don't. I never thought I was crazy for having these feelings because I didn't see her as my mom. It was more like going to a club and meeting a random person. It didn't feel wrong. It felt normal."

The couple maintained their secret relationship until police found out in February.

They were charged with incest. 

Mares and Peterson were released on $5,000 bond, and Mares, whose youngest children had started to call Peterson "Dad,"  is not allowed to see any of her children, according to the Daily Mail. 

Mares and Peterson are not allowed to see each other. 

"It is every bit worth it," Mares said. "If they lock me up for love, then they lock me up. There is no way anybody could pull us apart, and I really do love him. It hurts (that) he is far away. It hurts really bad. I wish I could see him, talk to him, but I can't risk it."

Mares and Peterson hope to raise awareness of "genetic sexual attraction," relationships in which sexual attraction manifests between close relatives who meet for the first time as adults.

Read more at the Daily Mail.

'We ended up kissing and kissing led to other things'Posted by Daily Mail on Monday, August 8, 2016

John McCain's son responds to OId Navy ad with interracial family: 'Eat it'

Old Navy received lots of feedback after posting a promotional message on the company's Twitter account, adding a photo that featured a family sporting the retailer's clothing.

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The family in the photo showed three people interacting: a black woman, a white man and a black child.

But the company's effort to encourage diversity was met with lots of criticism, with some people saying the ad is "absolutely disgusting" and reflects "the genocide of the white race."

Despite some customers saying they'd boycott the store, Old Navy officials released a statement saying "We are a brand with a proud history of championing diversity and inclusion. At Old Navy, everyone is welcome."

Many Twitter users responded to the negativity with messages in support of Old Navy's action. Some even posted photos of themselves with their significant others, most of which displayed happy interracial couples.

The male model who appeared in the photo, Clay Pollioni, posted a message on Instagram saying, "I'm extremely proud to have taken part in a campaign that not only celebrates our nation's diversity, but also unites families with multicultural backgrounds and promotes love of all kinds.

I'm extremely proud to have taken part in a campaign that not only celebrates our nation's diversity, but also unites families with multicultural backgrounds and promotes love of all kinds! #LoveWins Thank you @oldnavy A photo posted by Clay Pollioni  (@clay_pollioni) on May 2, 2016 at 11:26am PDT <script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script>

The woman that appeared in the promotional photo, Grace Mahary, also spoke out in support of the retailer. 

In light of the controversy revolving around my pretend family... I am proud to be representing interracial love, multiculturalism, and most importantly, a mentality that supports opportunity for all ethnicities. Thanks @oldnavy  #lovewins #hatefreezone A photo posted by Grace Mahary (@gracemahary) on May 1, 2016 at 3:28pm PDT <script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script>

Another person who denounced the negative feedback Old Navy received is Jack McCain, son of former presidential candidate Sen. John McCain.

Jack McCain, a Navy lieutenant and helicopter pilot, is married to Air Force Reserve Capt. Renee Swift, a black woman.

He posted a message on Twitter to "the people upset about the (Old Navy) 'scandal,'" calling those people "ignorant racists" and telling them to "eat it."

His wife also posted messages on Twitter.

You can now have a fairy tale wedding by Cinderella's Castle at Disney's Magic Kingdom

Dreaming of a fairy tale wedding? 

A new offering at Disney World's Magic Kingdom can give you just that.

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Disney recently announced that happy couples can become newlyweds in a magical wedding at Disney's Fantasyland at the park's East Plaza Garden.

Brides can ride in Cinderella's horse-drawn carriage accompanied by royal coachmen as trumpeters announce her arrival at the wedding site, right in front of Cinderella's Castle. The park will remain open to regular guests during ceremonies. 

For their receptions, couples can choose among a variety of locations on the resort's property.

"Brides will be able to live out a fairy tale dream like no other," said Korri McFann, marketing and sales strategy for weddings and honeymoons at Disney. 

Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings package collections start at $2,500, and custom experiences begin at $12,000. A completely customized ceremony and reception for up to 100 guests at the Magic Kingdom starts at $75,000. 

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Your hometown might be why you’re still single

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A new study by Harvard University, and crunched by the New York Time’s Upshot blog, says it’s your hometown – not your income, your looks or other factors – that might be the determining factor for whether you’ll be married by age 26.

And if you think the South is the region that drives more adults into marriage, you’d be wrong about that.

Researchers determined that growing up in the rural Midwest – especially the Mormon areas of Utah – makes you about 10 percentage points more likely to get married than the rest of the country.

Perhaps not surprisingly, people who spent their childhoods in blue states and bigger cities tended to marry less.

In the list of the Top 30 counties in the U.S. with rates of marriage that are lowest, seven New York counties appear. In other words, adults who moved as children to a county in New York had a lower rate of marriage than most of the rest of the country.

Researchers refer to this as the New York Effect.

The study examined housing and tax data of 5 million people who moved as children in the 1980s and 1990s.

In the study, the children who were less likely to be married at 26 also appear less likely to be married at 30 and less likely to be married at any point.

Here are the Top-10 counties that are least likely to inspire you to get married:

1. Washington DC

2. Bronx County, New York

3. New York County (Manhattan)

4. Nassau County, New York

5. Orleans Parrish, Louisiana

6. Marin County, Calif.

7. Suffolk County, New York

8. Camden County, New Jersey

9. Essex County, New Jersey

10. San Francisco, Calif.

Could your genes be the reason you're single?

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Are you one of those people who's always in a relationship?

Or maybe you're perpetually single?

Well, your status might have something to do with your genes, according to a new study out of China.

Researchers in Beijing discovered the gene 5-HTA1. Carriers are reportedly 20 percent more likely to be single.

According to the Daily Mirror: "5-HTA1 is thought to lower serotonin levels, a feel-good chemical, which causes people to feel uncomfortable in close relationships."

Carriers are also generally more neurotic and have a higher rate of depression.

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And researchers found those attributes are "detrimental to the formation, quality and stability of relationships."

But some experts questioned the reliability of the research — this was from a relatively small sample size of 600 people, and all of them students.

One relationship expert told the Daily Mail: "If someone's difficulties with dating are flagged up to them, I believe they can learn to interact in a way that will make them more successful in meeting somebody."

Still, when Grandma asks you again this Thanksgiving why you're still not married, you can tell her she's at least a teeny bit responsible.

This video includes images from Know Your Meme and Tom Woodward / CC BY NC 2.0

Actress strives to eat in city's fancy restaurants on other people's tab

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TORONTO -- A wannabe actress in Toronto is taking to the Web to help in her quest to eat at every high-end restaurant in the city, on someone else's bill and she's using popular dating sites to do it.  

On her Tumblr, Erin, as she's known, spelled out her plan to join the sites to find anyone, man or woman, to help eat at the hot spots.

According to Business Insider, she has come up with a list of about 50 restaurants she wants to visit.  She then documenting the dates online. 

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The Globe and Mail reports that she has gone so far as to pose as Jewish to date guys on the online service JDate and admits to dating recent immigrants to avoid blowing her cover. 

Her scheme was outed on Reddit, getting reaction from support to anger.  

The dirt on dating: My open relationship

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  6. Adult attachment and patterns of extradyadic involvement. Allen, ES and Baucom, DH. Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill. Family Process, 2004 Dec;43(4):467-88 []

For many of us, the urge to couple up is a strong one. It might even be programmed into our DNA[1][2]. But does love mean never dating or having sex with other people?

Several years ago, I decided to challenge the idea that the only way to a loving, committed relationship was to be monogamous. My then-boyfriend and I decided to try an open relationship. We were committed to each other, referred to each other as boyfriend and girlfriend, and were both allowed to date and be physically intimate with other people. We eventually broke up (for various reasons, most of which weren’t related to our openness), but since then I’ve remained interested in rethinking relationships — and it turns out I’m not alone.

Nonmonoga-me — Current Trends

 Estimates suggest there are more than half a million openly polyamorous families in the U.S., and in 2010, an estimated eight million couples were practicing some form of nonmonogamy[3]. Even among married couples, open relationships can be successful; some studies suggest they’re common in gay marriages[4].

For today’s 20- and 30-somethings, these trends are meaningful. More than 40 percent of millenials think marriage is “becoming obsolete” (compared to 43 percent of Gen Xers, 35 percent of Baby Boomers, and 32 percent of people aged 65-plus). And almost half of millenials say they view changes in family structures positively, compared to only a quarter of elderly respondents. In other words, monogamy — though a perfectly viable choice — doesn’t workfor everyone.

It certainly wasn’t working for me. Blame it on a couple unhealthy relationships in my youth: For whatever reason, in my mind “monogamy” had come to be associated with possessiveness, jealousy, and claustrophobia — not quite what one desires from everlasting love. I wanted to care about someone without feeling owned by them, and I wanted that someone to feel the same way. Add to that the fact that I’d been single for a while (after having been in a monogamous relationship for even longer) and — I’m woman enough to admit it — wasn’t ready to give up the freedom to flirt with strangers. Beyond that, I wasn’t sure what I wanted, exactly, but I knew I didn’t want to feel suffocated by a partner. So when I started dating… let’s call him “Bryce”… I geared myself up for hurt feelings, got over my own awkwardness, and broached it: Have you ever thought about having an open relationship?

Open relationships tend to fall into two general categories, says Greatist Expert and sex counselor Ian Kerner: Couples might negotiate a nonmonogamous arrangement like the one I had with Bryce, in which each individual has the freedom to date and/or have sex with people outside the relationship. Or couples will choose to swing, adventuring outside their monogamous relationship as a unit (having sex with other people together, as in a three-or-more-some). But these categories are pretty fluid, and they shift depending on a given couple’s needs and boundaries[5].

Monogamy = Monotony? — Why Couples Go Rogue

 The tricky thing about relationships is they’re all different, so there’s no “one reason” why people decide to explore alternative relationship models[6].

Still, there are a wide range of theories about why monogamy hasn’t proved universally satisfying... 

To read the rest of this article and find out what the author decided about open relationships, go to Greatist.com.

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