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Artist Alex Holder's I Love You But Project

I Love You But: What Quirk Made You Realize It Was Over?

Artist Alex Holder is making headlines now for re-creating old-school romance novel covers, but I'm more interested in her side project ILoveYouBut.com.

The website is a picture book filled with caricatures and quotes about the moments people realized relationships were over; basically dealbreakers that emerge once you're in the relationship. Some are serious, like "I love you, but I don't like you," and others are so idiosyncratic I don't believe they're the whole story, but they do make good stories. Here are 10 of my favorites.

I love you but . . .

  • you still read newspaper articles about Princess Diana.
  • you've hung your own graduation photo in your flat.
  • you believe protesting will make a difference.
  • you take your birthday too seriously.
  • you give yourself nicknames.
  • you order drinks you know they'll never serve.
  • you talk to strangers.
  • you look out of your window with binoculars.
  • you put exclamation marks at the end of every sentence!!!
  • you use the 24-hour clock in conversation.

What foible pushed you over — or near — the edge?

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