January 4 is a special day for the Stiff family of Sylvania, Ohio, as four generations share the same birthday.
Rep. Bobby Rush's hoodie on the House floor sure got attention.
You have good manners, right? After all, you (usually) keep your elbows off the table and say "Please pass the salt," right? But when you head abroad, things get a little more complicated. Case in point: Rest your chopsticks the wrong way, and you might remind a Japanese friend of their grandmother's funeral (Rule 2).
Michelle Slatalla helps you navigate uncomfortable conversations and how to politely correct friends or relatives when they're wrong.
It seemed like a harmless comment, or so Mario Almonte thought at the time.
When it comes to relationship minefields, watch out for frequent flier miles.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg explains Facebook's new apps that allow users to connect in different ways.
Your photo-happy friends may be capturing posed group shots and crazy candids at New Year's Eve parties this weekend, but sometimes you just don't want to be photographed.
Michele McGraw used to give holiday gifts to nearly everyone who played a supporting role in her family's life: teachers, bus drivers, the mailman, the paperboy.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission demonstrates how quickly a Christmas tree can burn out of control.
'Tis the season to show your appreciation for the help you've received throughout the year. And when it comes to saying thanks, cash is best.
There always seems to be some awkward confusion when having a meal with co-workers or managers. No one is certain what's happening when the bill arrives and the awkward faux-shuffling for wallets and pocketbooks occurs. Everyone is secretly hoping that the top dog at the table is just going to foot the bill. But if that company card isn't whipped out, that upper-lip sweat begins to form at the thought of splitting that check nine ways.
It's time. Or at least very close to the time when holiday hosts and guests start thinking about recipes and menus, housekeeping and houseguests.
Business traveler Bob Logan always tips hotel housekeepers, but he still has questions about the best way to do it.
Unfortunately, rude co-workers are common. Disrespectful, bad-mannered co-workers exist at virtually every workplace and communicating with them can put a major damper on your day. As you deal with the problem, it's important to not take their behavior to heart, experts say.
What price love -- or more accurately, what price a love letter?
Letters by a teenage Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis to her Harvard boyfriend in the late 1940s show the future first lady writing about adolescent love, kissing and her loathing of attending a finishing school.
CNN's Isha Sesay gives Anderson Cooper a lesson in royal etiquette prior to next week's royal wedding.
You, of course, are a paragon of good internet behavior at work. You send crisp, polite e-mails, you tuck away your smartphone upon entering your cube, and you wouldn't dream of fooling around on Facebook or Quora during the day.
Santa Claus faces one easy gift decision: naughty or nice. Nice kids get gifts, naughty ones don't.
Let the countdown begin. Not to stress you out (ok, maybe a little!) but you officially have eight days to finish your holiday shopping -- less time if you have to ship your gifts, and even less if you're reading this the day after it was published.
The passenger in seat 9C was ready for a nap after takeoff, so he pushed the button on his armrest and reclined -- straight into the path of someone who apparently wouldn't have it.
Although Thanksgiving is not a traditional gift giving holiday like Christmas, Hannukah or even Valentine's Day, if you are invited to someone's house for the holiday dinner, you won't want to show up empty handed.
Maybe you're strapped for money in the recession -- there are bills to pay, mouths to feed. Maybe you're sick of receiving sweaters you never wear.
Months after he told off a passenger over a plane's public address system, a former JetBlue flight attendant told CNN's Larry King on Tuesday that "a perfect storm of bad manners" triggered his much ballyhooed outburst.
Former JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater explains the "perfect storm of bad manners" that preceded his plane exit.
Dear Annie: Am I the only one who wonders what ever happened to good manners? I'm not even that old (37), but it seems to me that people used to make more of an effort to be polite at work and practice certain basic courtesies. Now, it seems the workplace has gotten so casual that anything goes.
Q. If I'm flying to a wedding in the Caribbean, is it okay to spend less on the gift than I normally would due to my travel expenses? -- B., Simpsonville, S.C.
The ground rules for online courtesy gelled sometime in the late '90s: Don't swear on public forums. Zip large files before sending. AVOID WRITING IN CAPS, AS IT IS RUDE TO CYBERSHOUT.
The college students who showed up with bare midriffs and never contributed to discussions during Faye Rogaski's communication classes were surprised when they weren't picked for coveted internships and jobs.
Sandi Mays was flying home from a business trip recently when she was seated next to a couple who couldn't wait to eat. She, on the other hand, was about to lose her appetite.
Readers pose their etiquette questions and Real Simple's Modern Manners columnist tells them what they should and should not do.
When did the term "boyfriend" become obsolete? I must have somehow missed the memo.
Rudeness isn't contagious -- but we all may be carrying the virus. Has rudeness become a chronic condition?
Most job seekers have a case of the jitters before going on a job interview. Anxiety's normal, but almost always those butterflies were in your tummy for nothing. The interview goes well, you don't make any serious mistakes and you exhale the moment you walk out of the room.
Planning the celebration of a lifetime during the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression is a daunting task, so it's no secret that many brides are cutting back. The average amount a couple is spending on their wedding this year is down more than $5,000 from 2008, theweddingreport.com estimates.
A politician, an athlete and an entertainer. What do they have in common? Some would say rude behavior. In less than a week, millions of people witnessed displays of anger and rage that have many wondering whether decorum is a thing of the past.
From Rep. Joe Wilson's outburst to Serena's tennis rant and Kanye stealing the show, its been a week of bad etiquette.
Nice girl Jordan finished first on Big Brother, Kanye's VMA faux pas, Guidling Light goes out after 72 years and more
The House of Representatives on Tuesday formally admonished Republican Rep. Joe Wilson for shouting "you lie" during President Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress last week.
Rep. Joe Wilson says it's time to move on and focus on health care reform.
A Republican House member shouted, "You lie" during President Obama's health care speech to Congress on Wednesday, and members of both parties condemned the heckling.
Although I don't plan to change my name when I get hitched this summer, I respect and appreciate every woman's right to choose what's best for her. I reject the notion some have expressed that when a woman takes her husband's last name she's giving up her identity.
Gym rats don't need to behave like rodents. CNN's Judy Fortin reminds us about gym etiquette.
Exercise can be a sweaty proposition. And with millions of Americans jumping on the exercise bandwagon, all that perspiration can become downright messy.
Shuffling through airport security in your socks or sitting in traffic may seem like a breeze compared with the stresses of settling in under the same roof with family.
Fed up with the rude behavior you experience day in and day out? Is it aggressive driving, co-workers who don't wash their hands or smokers who use the sidewalk as their personal ashtrays?
Jay Byrne knows that his mother-in-law meant well when her two young grandchildren came to visit.
The attention spans of the two competing presidential campaign organizations being what they are -- with people sleep-deprived, bleary-eyed and tense with three weeks to go -- all political thought now is being given to tomorrow night's debate in Hempstead, New York.
Karen Giberson, president of Accessories Council, a nonprofit organization that stimulates consumer awareness and demand for fashion accessories, was scheduling an appointment with a major retailer to show it a new line of pantyhose. When confirming the meeting, the secretary asked who would be attending. Giberson replied, "Oh, just me and a bunch of great hose!"
We've all been there: visiting a new country we inadvertently do or say something deemed offensive to locals. At best, we're embarrassed. At worst, we risk blowing a business deal or offending our hosts.
Whether you're serving dinner, lunch, or brunch, follow these rules of the pretty table.
"It's crazy," Nick Jonas says of how he and his siblings drove the crowd wild
We have a pretty big story potentially brewing in college hoops. North Carolina, Memphis and Kansas are all undefeated. Here are the number of games remaining on their schedules against teams ranked in the Top 25:
The NFL's new villain started out as a goody goody.
In Spain, a business dinner will last well into the early morning hours -- many restaurants don't even open until 9 p.m. and don't get busy until 10 or 11 p.m.
Dear Annie: I am a recent law-school graduate and, though I'm not yet working at a law firm, I have friends who are. I understand that things in international firms happen 24/7, 365 days a year, and I want to be as supportive of my friends' careers as I expect them to be of mine. My question is, to what degree in social settings, on a regular basis, should friends be checking their BlackBerrys, and at what point should I say something? What's rude and what's truly necessary? -Bored in BlackBerryLand
The owners of a New Orleans nursing home go on trial for the deaths of 35 nursing home patients who weren't evacuated
Just because you live in a high-tech world doesn't mean your manners can sink to new lows when using your personal technology, experts say.
Baseball -- well, sport -- has never before had such a tricky problem of etiquette. Where is Emily Post when we need her? Calling Miss Manners. Just how are we supposed to behave when Barry Bonds breaks Henry Aaron's record?
The great thing about Honda Classic week is that there is never anything meaningful to ruminate on, allowing me to do some long-overdue housekeeping of my inbox. Sifting through weeks' worth of e-mails, I was overcome by the outpouring of love from so many readers. Scott Gamache of Boca Raton, Fla, sent this valentine: "No question, just a statement: you are full of sh--." Hey, Scott, back atcha!
While rummaging through an old box, my daughter, Claire, came across the stuffed bear I'd had when I was her age, a deeply loved creature named Teddy. "How come Teddy has no fur?" she asked. "Why doesn't she have eyes?" I explained that my cousin's dog had chewed up Teddy when I was a kid. She was aghast.
Certain actions -- whether stemming from ignorance or arrogance -- will brand you a jerk. Experts offer advice to avoid the 10 most common faux pas among travelers.
I know it's bad form to brag, but I am now a graduate of Texas A&M University, and you can't stop Aggie pride. I became a diplomee of the great institution in College Station after successfully completing the three-day short course in beef cattle this summer. I specialized in forage management and graduated "Quel fromage!" meaning "avec distinction."
Dr. Jeanette Martin recalls conducting cultural training with a group of Japanese workers in Memphis, Tennessee, a few years ago when one of the attendees approached her warily.
American businesspeople have it pretty easy, at least in terms of communicating when doing business abroad.
Thinking about giving a Japanese business partner a gift bearing the words "made in China", or ordering an Italian colleague an after lunch cappuccino? Think again.
You douse a key client with bouillabaisse.
The only thing advancing quicker than wireless innovation may be the rudeness of the people using the technology, experts say.
Doing your homework before you travel to your destination can go a long way toward avoiding cultural blunders and clearing the language barrier, making for a more enjoyable visit.
Let's play "Pyramid" for a minute. You know, the game where one person hands out clues and the partner has to guess what they have in common.
If you are anxious to see much of the Soviet-style Eastern Europe, then Prague and the Czech Republic are probably not the places to be. The difference between the two old states of Czechoslovakia is very noticeable indeed.
As the world's major hubs become bogged down with more security checks and with more travelers returning to the skies, jet stress is being driven to new heights.
All night long the fax machine at Jay Leno's house spits out jokes. It delivers jokes about President Bush, the Democrats who want to unseat him, Martha Stewart, Michael Jackson and his sister Jane...
A friend and I shared a steak the other night. It was a very good steak. Rare. Juicy. Black on the outside and a nice, deep pink in the center, with a crunchy crust of fat around the edges. No, wai...
The New York Stock Exchange now wants boards of directors to meet without their CEOs. What should they be doing in there?
Sometimes the stickiest business situations occur outside the office. What, for instance, should you do if your boss accidentally takes your roll at dinner? To answer this and other pressing etique...
Let's not pretend that knowing how many tines are in a fish fork (three) and how many are in a luncheon fork (four) is really important. Let's not declare your business lunch a failure if you drag ...
As the author, with his sister-in-law Peggy Post, of The Etiquette Advantage in Business, Post updates the work of his great-grandmother Emily Post. The book touches on everything from proper casua...
DEAR ANNIE: I am interviewing for a management job at a FORTUNE 500 company that will investigate my background, and I'm afraid of what it might find. About three years ago I was on my way home fro...
My, my. There seem to be an awful lot of job seekers out there who, like "Peeved" (Nov. 22), endure several rounds of interviews, sometimes with psychological testing thrown in. Then they wait to h...
My kids have just gone back to school. I'm back from vacation with the wife. So hello again.
You're a dirt-under-the-toenails Silicon Valley technogeek, and you've just come up with an idea that's sure to reap billions--or at least a quick hundred million. But before you make the rounds wi...
DEAR ANNIE: I just started a new job, and as part of the compensation package I got some stock options. I recently discovered that my immediate superior fought hard to get me these options, and I w...
Say what you will about Miss Manners, she is definitely not a fool.
THERE ARE ALL SORTS of ways to grade a chief executive. Look at his return on equity. Calculate his return on investment. Take quarterly note of his earnings growth. Rank him against his peers. Ran...
Phone calls not returned? Faxes left unanswered? Appointments showing up late? Today's office manners, it seems, have become just horrendous. Why all the incivility? After a decade of corporate dow...
When a stranger calls wanting to sell you securities, you can, of course, simply hang up. But mother taught you to be polite, and so you wind up trying some riposte that sounds cunning to you but f...
ROBERTO GOIZUETA, now celebrating his tenth anniversary as chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola Co., still recalls the evening of February 14, 1980, as a crucial moment in his career -- and in the history...
Try this on: you've decided to scale back your holiday hoopla this season by spending less on gifts, giving more to charity and getting closer to the Tspirit of yuletide past. Joy to the world seem...
HAVE YOU ever wondered whether you should invite the boss home for dinner, or what to say when you're late to an important business meeting? If you have, you may need help from Miss Manners. This h...
MANAGING/Cover Story 34 P&G REWRITES THE MARKETING RULES Peerless promoter Procter & Gamble is making ''watershed changes,'' says CEO John Smale. It is speeding decisions and getting closer to the ...
The next time you attend a social dinner, do not, whatever you do, whip out your business card and hand it across the table. ''That is so crass and so bad,'' admonishes Letitia Baldrige, 62, author...
Jules Kabat was delighted. The maitre d' at the Ivy, one of the haughtiest of haute cuisine hangouts in Los Angeles, had seen fit to seat Kabat, a local lawyer, and his three companions next to the...
We live in perilous times, but I never realized how perilous until I read Letitia Baldrige's Complete Guide to Executive Manners (Rawson Associates, $22.95). Like every business author of recent ye...