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TODAY's Takeaway: 'Princeton Mom' says mate, don't wait; Miles O'Brien talks life after amputation

March 11, 2014 at 3:11 PM ET

"Princeton Mom" asserts "it's all on women" to find husbands, NBC News exposes war's impact on Syria's children and Miles O'Brien finds his accident "mind-boggling."
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"Princeton Mom" asserts "it's all on women" to find husbands, NBC News exposes war's impact on Syria's children and Miles O'Brien finds his accident "mind-boggling."

1. Reporter Miles O’Brien lost much of his left arm last month after a seemingly minor injury suddenly put his life in jeopardy.

“When I think of all the risky things I’ve done in my life — jumping out of airplanes, flying little airplanes, scuba diving — the fact that a heavy equipment case could take my arm is mind-boggling,” he told Savannah. The PBS correspondent said that returning to work after his accident, in time to report on the anniversary of the Japanese earthquake, proved to be "a pretty good tonic."

Video: Just three weeks after having his arm amputated after a bizarre accident loading camera equipment, Emmy-winning journalist Miles O’Brien joins TODAY to discuss how he refused to let the mishap stop him, and reveals his big plans for the future.

2. To mark the third anniversary of Syria's war, NBC News has devoted 48 hours to exposing the impact of the humanitarian crisis on its most innocent victims — the country's children and infants. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #SyriasChildren.

Video: NBC News chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman joins TODAY from a Lebanese hospital along the Syrian border to report on the youngest victims of the war in a special series called, “Forgotten? Syria’s Children of War.”

3. Susan Patton, aka the “Princeton Mom,” is back with more controversial advice for women in her new book “Marry Smart.” Her guidance includes the tips that college is the best time for women to find an eligible mate, and that high schoolers should consider plastic surgery.

Her comments have sparked strong reactions — and we want to hear yours. Tell us what you think about Susan Patton's advice on Facebook.

For a different take, check out what Jacoba Urist (who met her hubby in college) had to say on TODAY.com: “Not so fast, ‘Princeton Mom.’”

Video: Susan Patton, known as the “Princeton Mom,” joins TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie to chat about some of the controversial counsel she offers in her new book, “Marry Smart,” including that college is the best time for women to find an eligible mate and that high schoolers should consider plastic surgery.

4. Would you wear a $99 wedding dress? The majority of TODAY fans would.

Video: A model on TODAY shows off the eco-friendly dress, made with sustainable materials. It will be sold in stores and online later this month.

Tune in tomorrow on TODAY as Jerry Sandusky’s wife, Dottie, speaks to Matt in her first-ever television interview.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!

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