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The Duggar Parents Teach Their Daughters And Boyfriends A Lesson In Etiquette In The Most Embarrassing Way Ever!

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These parents may have a TON of children, but that doesn't mean they don't have enough time to teach some of their kids some lessons in etiquette!

Jim Bob and his wife Michelle Duggar took their daughters, Jill and Jessica, plus Jill's fiance Derick Dillard and Jessica's boyfriend Ben Seewald, out to a restaurant — but it wasn't just to treat the young adults to some good food!

The 'rents wanted to teach them some good manners by GOING ON A TRIPLE DATE.

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Etiquette Tips For Birthday Partays!!

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Summer is around the corner, so you already know what that means - PARTY TIME!!!

We know planning (and attending) them can be super stressful! So we’re bringing you a list of party etiquette and giving you the 4-1-1 on everything from appropriate amount to spend on gifts to putting together a fab invite list!

Here are some tips from late great etiquette extraordinaire Emily Post’s great-great granddaughter Lizzie Post on getting the partay started RIIIIIIIGHT!

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Ask A Vet With Dr. Jennifer Scarlett On Vet-Visit Etiquette

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Dr. Jennifer Scarlett has done another 'Ask a Vet from the SF SPCA'.

For those of us lucky enough to have to rarely visit the vet, going can be just as confusing and scary for us as it is for our pets.

So Dr. Jennifer Scarlett helps us work on our "vetiquette." LOLz!

"Vet-Visit Etiquette - What are some etiquette guidelines for vet-visits? Do you have any patient-pet-peeves?"

Dr. Jennifer Scarlett responded:

1. Look, it’s nerve racking for you guardians at the vet. You’re worried about your pet’s health. You’re worried about whether your cat will karate chop the nurse again. You’re worried about how much this episode of vomiting or diarrhea is going to cost. And your response to all that worry may be petting your dog or cat like you’re striking a match! Our pets are excellent at reading our emotions and our touch is a great barometer of our psych. Be sure to check yourself on the heavy petting.

2. Make a list of complaints or questions you want to cover during the visit. Calling the doc back out in the lobby for one more "quick question" about your dog’s weird limp that only happens when the moon is waning is tough.

3. Cellphones—Imagine walking into an exam room and the client is on the phone. And stays on the phone! Then they head nod or point to the dog or cat like "there he is, examine away." Please put the phone down and engage!

4. Unruly children in the examination room. Ok, I like kids—really—but I don’t want to participate in the negotiations with your child on whether they can scream or jump around in the exam room. A colleague of mine used to rhetorically ask "how often do you take your pet to the pediatrician" Ok, I know it can be difficult to take care of both children and pets so if your child is about to have a meltdown let your vet take the animal to the treatment room where they can work in peace.

Enough of the peeves—here’s what I love:

1. I love when guardians mimic various clinical signs—especially the interpretation of a cat bringing up a hair ball and the reverse sneeze of a dog (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdPUX8mnFE4). I’ve seen serious looking folks in fine suits get down on all fours to imitate the reverse sneeze. (which is scary when you first experience it)

2. I love when guardians keep a log of the problem and bring in the label of whatever offending product their dog or cat ate. It helps us so much if you can provide times and context to the problem. Thank you.

3. I love when clients show up on time for their appointment. (as much as you love when we vets stay on time!)

4. I love that guardians care enough to take time out of their busy days to bring their pets into us—that they trust us with their companions. And really, that makes it all worth while.

Jennifer Scarlett, DVM
Co-President
The San Francisco SPCA

So follow these easy tips to make going to the vet as painless as possible for you, your vet and your pet.

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Kris Jenner Doesn't Think Kris Humphries Should Get His Engagement Ring Back!

Wow. They really are shameless, aren't they?

After her appearance on The Today Show yesterday, during which she essentially scolded the American public for assuming the worst about her overexposed family and lied about how much money her daughter made during her latest publicity stunt marriage, Kris Jenner is once again on the talk show circuit today, exploiting the sanctity of marriage on Good Morning America by claiming that Kim Kardashian's soon-to-be ex, Kris Humphries, would be an "Indian Giver" if he asked for his $2 million, 20.5 carat diamond engagement ring back!

Check out the appalling full interview (above)!

Oh, so it's a gift? Just like, you know, giving yourself to another person ’till death do you part in holy matrinomy?

Doesn't that make Kim an "Indian Giver" for filing for divorce?

Oh, and since we're on the subject! All those gifts you received for the wedding that you want to donate to charity instead of returning?

According to Lizzie Post, author of Emily Post's Etiquette 18th Edition:

"I don't want to come across as saying that charity wouldn't be a great way to handle it. It's just that in that case, you're making a charitable donation on someone else's behalf under your name. Even if she donates … in the name of the sender, that's inappropriate, too, because then you're making a donation and you don't know how the person feels about the charity. [She'll come off as undeservingly] generous, [and will also] get a huge tax write-off for them, because I am sure they are not Target gifts."

Just keeps getting better and better, right?

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Gym Etiquette

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Let’s face it — there are some gross people at the gym who don’t clean up their treadmills or wear deodorant.

Read these gym etiquette tips by Ryan Walseth and don’t be one of those people!!

1. Seek help: If you're new to a health club and don't know how the machines work, don't hesitate to ask! The more you know, the more likely you are to be confident in your surroundings, and, in turn, actually use your new membership:)
2. Clean up: Two parts to this one; any amount of time spent on a cardio machine (bike, treadmill, elliptical, etc) requires you to wipe it down when you're done. As for strength machines, if you are a sweater, wipe down everything you touch. If not, then you get a hall pass in most situations.
3. Dress the part: Clean, odor-free fitness apparel is a must. Leave your jeans, 'funny' t-shirts, old shoes/boots, and overly revealing attire at home.
4. Report it: If a machine is broken, report it to a staff member ASAP. Not everyone may realize it's broken, (so be aware) and improperly functioning exercise equipment can cause serious injury!
5. Share: If someone is waiting for a strength machine you are using invite them to alternate sets with you. Remember it goes both ways, if you would like to use an occupied machine, just ask them if you can "work in" with them between sets. Use that exact lingo and you'll be golden!:)
6. Mirror time: One of the unwritten rules of the gym. Mirrors guys and gals, are in gyms to give you feedback on form, not to indirectly stare at another member or to check out your big guns. When a member is performing a set in front of the mirror, do not walk between the member and the mirror. Walk behind them or wait until the end of their set.
7. Body Odor: Nobody wants to suggest to a fellow member that they need to hit the laundry mat and the showers prior to coming to the gym. But rank body odor can crush an entire gym atmosphere. Notify a staff member about the issue, most health clubs have programs that teach staff how to address social issues such as this.
8. Help out: Health clubs can be an extremely intimidating scene for new members. If you're a regular, it's easy to spot someone that is a little unsure of their surroundings. The best way to go about this is to say; "Do you mind if I offer some assistance?" or "Do you mind if I show you a better/safer way to do that exercise?".
9. You're not alone: I don't care if you're the baddest dude in the gym, don't monopolize any equipment or area of the gym. If you want your own gym, buy one. Until then, respect the other members around you, they are all paying to be there as well.
10. Busy, busy: This time of year all health clubs are jammed with people looking for a fresh start. If others are waiting to use a piece of cardio equipment, the rule of thumb at the gym is 30-minutes.
11. Don't litter: The most commonly broken rule at any gym is members not returning their dumbells and weight plates back to the racks. This request is as basic as gym etiquette 101 gets folks! Thank you in advance for your adherence.

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