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    It’s Science!

    Martha’s Internet Soulmate

    Meet Barry Brodie, a 60-year-old New Yorker who could be Stewart’s one and only.

    When Barry Brodie, 60, got a call from FindYourFaceMate.com explaining that his face and Martha Stewart’s were a perfect match, the talkative, theatre-loving New Yorker was utterly speechless.

    “It was shocking. At first, I was very suspicious,” Brodie tells me on his lunch break at New York's Forest Hills High School, where he is a guidance counselor. “My first thought was, ‘Oh my God, are they kidding?!’”

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    Cyber Love

    Martha Stewart: I Tried Match.com

    Gave up halfway through filling out the online dating application; still searching for “Mr. Right.”

    She may be queen of the kitchen, but Martha Stewart recently told NBC’s the Today show that she’s feeling rather unlucky in love. In her search for Mr. Right, the 71-year-old mogul even tried to get into online dating, filling out an application on Match.com (which is owned by Newsweek & The Daily Beast’s parent company, IAC). But she only got halfway through the compatibility questions before she gave up, she told Matt Lauer, in an interview set to air next week. “I started to laugh halfway down the page. It was, like, impossible,” she said. No word on whether Match would have made an exception for the domestic diva and waived the “no felony convictions” requirement.

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    Political Accessories

    The Language of Thatcher’s Handbags

    Robin Givhan on Margaret Thatcher, handbags, and power.

    It is not surprising that a handbag should figure so prominently in the film chronicling Margaret Thatcher’s legacy–a sprawling tale brought to the big screen by Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady. This personal carry-all has long been both functional and symbolic. Depending on its style and brand, it can be a statement of status or a pronouncement of folksiness. Hand it off to a hen-pecked husband or a put-upon assistant and it can demean or belittle. A purse can impress and intimidate, bewilder, berate, or amuse.

    During Thatcher’s tenure as prime minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990, her handbags came to signify femininity and toughness. Their style was unassuming: slender, structured, solid, and ladylike. They looked perfectly at home with Thatcher’s dignified suits and oh-so-British hats.