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    Silly question, but have you been on a bad date? Anyone who has ever been single (read: everyone) has at least one dating horror story for the books.

    But after one of those REALLY terrible ones, didn't it always help to know you weren't alone? And after you've coupled up, unconsciously or not, isn't it fun to look back on all the madness and laugh?

    I once ended up on a date where the guy demanded that I kiss him. After all, he reasoned, "I paid for dinner. You owe me." Sure, dude. I couldn't catch the subway fast enough after that one.

    Everyone's got a doozy.

    From the guys who refused to pay (and walked their dates to the ATM and even gave them CHANGE) to the men who picked food from our teeth and ate it (RETCH), we gathered the 7 worst dating tales in order to share the love!

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    Technology has, in many ways, improved our love lives beyond our wildest imaginings. There are vibrators that plug into USB ports that memorize sequences and the way you like it. There is vibrating underwear that your lover can manipulate from afar. Of course, that's not all. 

    Internet dating is now so mainstream that what was once stigmatized as being for losers who couldn't find love without help is now pretty normal. And yet even with all these improvements to our love lives and prospects, the truth is not everyone is handling technology in the right way when it comes to love.

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    Hey Baby, what’s your number?

    No, not phone digits or notches on his bedpost. We’re talking numerology -- the study of the symbolism of numbers -- and you’d be surprised what you can learn about the guy you’re dating or married to with a little simple math!

    "Numerology is a cut-to-the-chase tool that reveals your partner’s personality traits with unyielding accuracy,” says Felicia Bender, PhD, author of Redesign Your Life: Using Numerology to Create the Wildly Optimal You. "It’s an amazing way to gauge compatibility.”  

    To find out your man’s Life Path number (which is similar to knowing his astrological sun sign), simply add all the digits of his birthdate until you get a single-digit number. So for example, if he was born on 11/19/1985, 1+1+1+9+1+9+8+5 = 35, and 3+5 = 8. He’s an 8!

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    Smile a lot. Touch his arm. Compliment him. Mirror his physical movements. Twirl your hair. We've all heard these flirting tips before, and they're all actually pretty effective (yeah, even that dumb hair-twirling trick). But what if you hate flirting -- that way? What if you think it's intimidating, or just "not you," but you still want to attract that cute guy?

    Do it anyway -- but your way. At its essence, it's just about connecting to someone you're attracted to in a way that shows them you're really, really interested. And what's wrong with that? Here's a few ways to flirt that won't make you feel like a faker.

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    Before this week, the song "Rude" by Canadian band Magic was just a catchy tune playing on the radio in my car as I shuffled my daughter from one summer vacation moment to the next. Then a father named Benji Cowart decided to respond to "Rude" with his own version in a viral video being hailed as a "perfect" response to the song about a young man asking for a girl's hand in marriage only to be turned down by her dad. The father of one 11-year-old girl has had everyone from morning TV hosts to Internet writers fawning over him for his "adorable parody."

    To everyone who has "liked" and "shared" Cowart's video, I have one question: are we listening to the same song?

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    Married couples with kids don't get a lot of nights to themselves. Especially not the ones that fall on major holidays. Let's face it: Getting a sitter on the big ones -- New Year's, July 4th, Halloween -- is just not usually in the cards. But it's not impossible. On the off chance that you are able to secure a family member or a sitter crazy enough to take on the holiday with little ones, then you have no excuse NOT to make it a night to remember.

    In the early days of dating, weren't you always especially excited to have a boyfriend on the Fourth of July? All that hand-holding under the stars, watching the fireworks in each other's arms, snuggling on a blanket together and listening to live music ... Sigh. What's more romantic?

    Well, never fear. Those days can be back again! If you and your guy can manage to steal time away, here are eight ways to make the Fourth of July the ultimate date night:

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    They say money makes the world go round, and nowhere is this more true than in relationships. It's one of the leading causes of marital strife, as we have all been told. The way you spend money really can make or break your dating life, too.

    But how do you know whether your man is compatible with you financially?

    A few years back, my husband and I started seeing a financial planner, who I swear did more for our marriage than any counselor ever could. According to her, every person walks into a marriage or a relationship with an emotional tie to money, and the way we grow up influences that. For instance, my husband was raised in a house where they did everything themselves -- cleaning, cooking, fixing things. In my house, we outsourced. We walked into our marriage with different expectations, and that caused enormous fights.

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    Linda Joyce is a self-proclaimed 'love guru' and boy does she have news for you. Sleep with a guy on the first date? He's going to think you're less attractive. Married and your guy cheats on you? That's not 'betrayal'! That's blowing off steam. Ever wonder why men lie? It's because we women and our 'feelings' make things too difficult for them. 

    I wonder if Linda Joyce is actually a Mens' Rights Activist in drag. Since I have no way of sussing that out in the immediate here and now, I will go ahead and say that if she actually is a woman, that makes her claims even more unforgivable. Joyce knows about as much about men as she does about her gender. And it's not a lot. How do people like this get book deals?! I don't get it. But Linda DID score a book deal, and now she's talking about everything she's learned about men and women. 

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    There's a lot of bad marriage advice out there. I don't mean the bits of wisdom you get from your friends who've been there and are speaking from experience. I mean those broad aphorisms about TRUE LOVE that sound great -- but in reality are completely unhelpful.

    But there's one dating tip that just needs to stop today. Friends, if you ignore ONE piece of advice in your search for "your soul mate," this should be it.

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    We're super excited to see Andi Dorfman rock The Bachelorette this season. As one contestant put it, "she's got it all" -- looks, ambition, a great career, and a fun personality. But there's something special about Andi that makes her different from some of the other women who have been on the show: She's got one hella strong personality. So what does that mean for her love life? Who will she choose -- someone who matches her dominant personality, or someone who can take a back seat?

    We talked with social scientist Dr. Helen Fisher to find out exactly what kind of guy works best for strong women like Andi. In her research, Dr. Fisher has found 4 different personality types. Everyone falls into a combination of these types. Understanding them can tell you a lot about how you can find love -- and keep it.

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