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Tighty whities. Burping in public. Talking about his ex-girlfriend. Oh, yes--we all know the dating turn-offs that can end a relationship before it starts. VH1's newest show, Undateable (premiering Monday at 10 p.m. ET) offers a long and humorous list of these male infractions. If you're in the dating world right now, the show is probably (and sadly) very relatable.
That's because it's all based on real women's experiences—from the relationship advice guide, Undateable: 311 Things Guys Do that Guarantee They Won't Be Dating or Having Sex, by Ellen Rakieten and Anne Coyle. "Here's what happened," Rakieten told ELLE.com. "I worked at Harpo [Oprah Winfrey’s production company] for 23 years, and every Monday morning, girls would come into my office with their hideous dating stories from the weekend, and I just started writing them down. And Anne got divorced, so she started dating."
Doling out the dating no-no's are a bunch of second-tier celebrities--like Brandy, Chilli and Jessica Simpson's pal, CaCee Cobb. (Almost all of them, by the way, are from other VH1 reality shows, or ones on its sister channel, MTV.) Still, it's a diverse group of commentators, which reminds us that icky guy problems are universal: American Idol's Fantasia Barrino and Jersey Shore's Snooki are equally grossed out by man boobs, for example. Several male comedians also appear, in mock defense of their gender's bad habits. Singer Edwin McCain joyfully explains how to make snot rockets, while rapper Sir Mix-a-Lot clarifies the need for a cell phone that clips on his shirt. (Hint: it's about storing it above his large, sound-muffling gut).
Fans of NBC's 30 Rock will recognize this concept: Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) wrote a similar book called Dealbreakers. And frankly, you might find those funnier. Click here for her top ten -- one of which is: If your man appears on 'To Catch a Predator' on Dateline...
But there's no doubt this snarky VH1 show might actually help one or two of those sorry souls who don't realize that banana hammocks are never OK. "You know guys who take a girl out, and she won’t call him back?" Anne Coyle told ELLE.com. "And he’s sitting there going like, 'What? What happened?' Sometimes the truth hurts, but if you really want to move forward, it can be just a minor change. It’s helpful to guys who really want to connect with someone and have a relationship instead of, you know, sitting home alone."
What do you think makes a guy undateable?