Fun, Fearless POV
“My sister is a sex educator, and she’s always bombarding me with information about STDs and safe sex. She means well, but last winter break, when we were both home from school, she was relentless. Every single time I went out, I got a stern, science-based lecture. One night, I went out with my friends and didn’t get back until 4 a.m. I had to be at work early the next morning and woke up late, so I just grabbed my work bag and bounced out the door. When I got to work, I was unpacking my bag at my desk when some colleagues stopped by to chat. Just as I pulled out a stack of papers, a bunch of condoms flew out with it. Yep, my sister.” —Megan Y.
COSMO READERS SHARE THEIR MOST TOE-CURLING STORIES AND STEAMIEST SECRETS. Catch of the Day
First comes dancing, then comes…marriage?
Have We Met?
Not So Picture-Perfect
“I had a giant crush on one of my best guy friends but couldn’t work up the courage to tell him. One afternoon, he asked if I wanted to walk downtown to hang out at one of our favorite bars, so I said yes, thinking it could be my chance to really flirt with him so he’d get the message that I was into him as more than buds. I wore a pair of heels, even though we were just going to a sports bar as friends, hoping he’d notice that I was more dressed up than usual. A couple minutes into our stroll, I saw the sun reflecting on a brick wall in a pretty way. I rushed to get a picture of it with my iPhone so I could Instagram it, making sure to act extra cool about it so he’d be impressed. I was backing up to get the angle right, when my heel got stuck in a sewer grate, and I fell over backward! I screamed so loud and turned bright red. He started cracking up and made fun of me in a platonic way all night. Ugh…so much for a potentially romantic evening.” —Meg D.
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“The executive meetings at my office are really exclusive, so I was elated when my boss finally invited me to sit in on one. I knew it was my big opportunity to impress the higher-ups, so I spent all night prepping for the meeting. It was so late when I finally went to bed, I had an overwhelming fear that I’d sleep through the meeting, so I set my phone alarm—which happens to be ‘Wake Me Up Before You
Go-Go,’ by Wham!—to an earshattering volume. In the end, I was so hyped up, I didn’t sleep a wink, so when my alarm went off that morning I just hit the sleep button. Later, at the meeting, everything was going well, when right in the middle of a big presen tation, my phone started blaring Wham! I scrambled to turn it off, but by the time I did, every exec utive was staring at me. I made quite an impression.” —Robin T.
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“I was on a weekend beach vacation with my best friend when we ran into another one of our friends who was there for a bachelor party in the same area. We all ended up going out and partying together, and I met this really hot guy. We totally hit it off—we were dancing closely all night and even stayed up talking until five in the morning, just him and me. He was so perfect—or so I thought. The catch? Turns out, he was the groom.” —Laura H.
“My college roommate had a huge party for her 25th birthday. We’d stayed in touch after graduation, but we each made tons of other friends too, so I didn’t know that many people there. After I’d talked to the few people I did know, I spotted a cute guy in the corner and made my way over to him, hoping to start up a flirty something. I asked him what he was drinking, and we started flirting a little. Then I asked him how he knew the hostess. He looked really conf used. He said, ‘You know we went to college together, right? And that we were in the same senior-thesis class?’ Um, no, I’d obviously forgotten…and I felt like such an idiot. I was too embarrassed to keep flirting with him after that epic fail.” —Liz V.
A DUDE REACTS “They were already flirting, so she should’ve just kept things rolling by making a joke about being forgetful. It sounds like they were hitting it off! He probably didn’t even really care that she forgot him from before.” —Andy C.
MEN REVEAL THEIR MOST MORTIFYING MOMENTS AND DIRTIEST DEEDS.
Total Spaz Out
“I was trying to board a really crowded subway when this huge, really aggressive dude knocked me hard in the chest. I heard a cracking noise, and my first thought was that he’d broken one of my ribs—so I freaked out and let out this really loud, scared gaaahhh sound. Turns out, he’d only broken my glasses, which were hanging from my shirt collar. Everyone looked at me like I was a giant wuss.” —Craig T.
Crazy, Stupid Crush
“I had gone on a few dates with this girl and really liked her, so I wanted to do something to impress her. I knew her favorite movie was Dirty Dancing, so I set up a date night at my apartment to mimic the last scene. I cleared the place so it was like a dance floor, put down pillows for us to sit on, and had the movie playing on the TV in the back ground. She dug it and pretty much jumped me when she walked in the door, so I decided to pull out my big power move and lift her up over my head to take her into my room. But I got too excited and hoisted her up with so much gusto that she whacked her head on the door frame! She actually went unconscious for a few seconds, and we spent the rest of the night icing her head. She said she was fine, but I felt like the biggest idiot.” —Ben Z.
“By some kind of dark magic, I scored a date with a girl who worked as an underwear model. I was not above wanting to show her off to all my friends, so I took her to our fav orite bar where I knew some of them were likely to stop by and see me
Step away from the phone, dude.
with her. I also checked into Four square and wrote, ‘Best pub, best food, best-looking date of all time.’ Well, that was probably one step too far because my ex-girlfriend saw my post on Foursquare and wanted to see who this girl was, so she came to the bar! Then she went over to our table and took the extra step of informing my date that I’d bragged about her online.” —Brad D.
THIS GUY WA BRAVE ENOUGHS SHOW HIS FACETO ! Night Watch
“I got a job in a new city, and I was excited to move on except for one thing: I’d always wanted to hook up with this hot coworker, but all we’d ever done was flirt. Luckily, on my last night at the office, we were both there late and started talking, so I figured it was my last chance to make a move. I leaned in to kiss her, and soon we were making out hard-core on my desk. When we were leaving later, we ran into the security guard who mans the cameras, and he gave us a thumbs-up and a big wink. Oops.” —Shoue B.
February 2013 | COSMOPOLITAN
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