Weird Shorts - Boys and Girls

It’s an old excuse, whenever a man is caught eyeing-up another woman by his partner we’ll often claim that it’s not our fault, it’s just the way we’re wired. Well not according to neuroscientists at Gwinnett College in Georgia. Researchers there monitored the brain activity of 14 men while showing them pictures of women’s behinds taken before and after surgery designed to give them Beyonce like curves. The scans showed ‘reward areas’ of the men’s brains more commonly associated with drugs or alcohol lit up more in response to the redesigned rumps. In other words, we do it because we like it (Orange).

But if what most attracts men is a great set of lady bumps, what would top women’s list of desirable traits in their perfect man? That’s what online matchmakers UKDating wanted to know, so they analysed the responses of 83,000 lovelorn women to find the top ten most wanted male characteristics. And number one was… a salary over £50k ($75k). Bizarrely, being good looking came in at number 9, just above being 5’11” tall and five places below owning an Audi TT. But do girls really only like cars and money, or does this finding perhaps explain why these particular girls had to resort to a dating service in the first place (News://Lite)?

The economics of relationships also features in the new book from Karyn Langhorne Folan. In Don’t Bring Home A White Boy, Folan describes today’s black women as being stuck in “market failure”, with college educated black women outnumbering their male counterparts by 3 to 1. This severely restricts the women’s options unless they look outside their own race. “In this case, we are the commodity and the new market is men of other races,” states Foley, who is herself a Harvard-educated lawyer, “it’s Econ 101 for the single, educated black woman” (STL Today).

Mind you, women aren’t always a commodity, sometimes they’re the consumer. At least that’s what Cuban cigar maker Habanos is hoping. In an effort to boost sales in a market hit hard by anti-smoking legislation the world-over, Habanos have produced what they’re billing as the first Cuban cigar specifically for female smokers. Their new Julieta brand is smaller and milder in hopes of being more appealing to women, but still manages to keep that phallic edge to its image (Sky News).

But say you get past the economics, race issues and emphysema and actually make it to that critical first date. What could be safer that a tip to the cinema? Well lots actually according to Slate magazine, who have thoughtfully provided a list of the five worst movies to go see on a date, as voted for by readers. My sympathy goes out to the poor girl who thought Happiness would make for a good Valentine’s Day treat for her and her (soon to be ex) beau (

And after the movie what could be more intimate that a private tryst in a bedroom prepared in advance for such an event. That at least seems to be the reasoning of one Karlos Pokaia of Rotorua in New Zealand. Only one problem, Karlos did not have a room that was suitable, but no matter, he simply broke into a house of a family on vacation and used one of theirs, Luckily for him he managed to get his end away before being arrested and charged with burglary (Yahoo!News).

Also to be filed under “wrong place – wrong time” is the case of the two Canadian high-school teachers who thought a school pep-rally was the best place to perform a lap dance. No doubt intended as a bit of fun, the ubiquity of camera phones meant that video of the act was online within days, provoking at least one parent lodge a complaint. Both teachers have been suspended with pay while an investigation is carried out (ABC News).

Oh for a more innocent age when a glimpse of stocking was something shocking, to paraphrase the familiar song. Well you have a chance to do more than glimpse Queen Victoria’s stockings this month, you could possibly own them if yours is the winning bid at the auction being held in Edinburgh on the 24th (Telegraph).

Sadly, this post comes too late for anyone wishing to attend the Psychometric Lovers’ Ball this year, as it was held last Friday in London’s Royal College of Art. Featuring an all no star line-up and a prize for the best psychometrically matched couple (as determined by a computer algorithm), this is definitely a date for the more romantically inclined WU reader. Assuming your salary is over £50k of course (FAD).

Finally, if you’re really unlucky in love, why not call it quits and curl up with a good book? And if you’re a boy make sure it has plenty of pictures. That’s because a study of the reading habits of 100,000 children has revealed that while boys might read as much as girls, they tend to choose books with much simpler structures, and the gap only gets bigger with age. However this recent finding reverses a similar gap where boys overtook girls that was reported by a survey two years ago and may only reflect a change in fads. The end of the Harry Potter novels has left boys with few difficult books to try, according to researcher Professor Topping, while the recent popularity of the Twilight series means many more girls are being drawn in to reading the challenging vampire romance by pressure from their peers (Independent).

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     Posted By: Dumbfounded - Mon Mar 01, 2010
     Category: Business | Education | Ethnic Groupings | Inebriation and Intoxicants | Sexuality | Stupid Criminals | Goofs and Screw-ups

Of course, I dropped links to the boys versus girls Trivial Pursuit challenge and how curvy women have other advantages (like being bullet proof) from this post because patty is getting w-a-ay too good at this.
Posted by Dumbfounded on 03/01/10 at 08:59 AM
Male Wiring What's the difference between "We're wired that way." and "We like it."? Would we not like it if we weren't wired that way? D'oh!

Kids' Reading Boys vs girls, hard vs easy. I don't care as long as they're reading it's got to be good!
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 03/01/10 at 09:57 AM
thank you love, you made my day!

looking- it is natural to look, but there are other natural actions(farting and beltching come to mind) that we control in public because they are rude. it is rude to oogle (not just a glance) one woman while you are with another. both to your partner and to the passing lady who may not wish to be oogled.

men- money does not even make the top 10 for me. there are emotional traits that are more important to me than physical ones, lets face it i'm nobody's idea of perfect either, but a bubble butt and big arms kinda do it for me. 😝

black women- leave race out of the equation and find someone you can love and live with. start doing that and maybe racism will finally die out. but as long as the most educated among us are still choosing by race first and all else second racism ain't going anywhere.

cigars- equal oppertunity mouth and throat cancer, how lovely.

date movies- it depends on your taste in movies. hubby and i went to 'friday the 13th 3'(jason) and had a great time. we both like horror flicks. if he'd have taken me to a so called 'chick flick' i'd have hated it. also how does somebody blame another person for picking a movie that turns out to be bad, it's a crap shoot with new movies and nobody always picks a winner.

karlos gives new meaning to the term breaking and 'entering'.

lap dance- in this day and age the teachers should be commended because neither one was with a student.

queen victoria's unmentionables- we are not amused!

psychometrics- why not with the divorce rate as it is this idea couldn't be any worse than any other.

reading- i agree with expat. it's not what they are reading, it's that they are reading. the more you read the faster you get and the better your comprehention and therefore the more you read it's a very good thing.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 03/01/10 at 02:35 PM
oops i used martha stewart's line how embarrassing! :red:
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 03/01/10 at 02:53 PM
i'm havin' a great day! 💋 thanks sweetie.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 03/01/10 at 10:17 PM
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