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August 20, 2008

It's Twue, It's Twue!!!

The women *do* get prettier at closing time. Who knew?

For the first time, scientists have proven that "beer goggles" are real — other people really do look more attractive to us if we have been drinking.

However, you may want to watch the Corona Effect:

Surprisingly, the beer goggles effect was not limited to just the opposite sex among the ostensibly straight volunteers recruited for the study — they also rated people from their own sex as more attractive.

Scientists in England gave 84 heterosexual college students chilled lime-flavored drinks that were either non-alcoholic or given a dose of vodka equivalent in alcohol to a large glass of wine or a pint-and-a-half of beer.

After 15 minutes, the volunteers were shown photos of 40 other college students from both sexes. Both men and women who drank booze found these faces more attractive, "a roughly 10 percent increase in ratings of attractiveness," said researcher Marcus Munafo, an experimental psychologist at the University of Bristol in England.

The researchers also asked volunteers to rate their mood, "and there were no differences on those measures in the alcohol group compared to the no-alcohol group," Munafo added. "This suggests that the effect we observed wasn't due to a general change in mood."

It did not escape Munafo that the results are rather obvious.

"Everyone knows about beer goggles," Munafo said. "But some of our results suggest that there's more going on than we might have thought."

The Editorial Staff has no comment at this time, other than that we find ourselves strangely thirsty...

Posted by Cassandra at August 20, 2008 04:41 PM

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Wow! Who knew?

I've got to gin up a proposal to land a large grant in order to further the cause of enlightenment of the (besotted) human race.

And it is five o'clock somewhere... so it might just be time to ring the bell, come out sluggin' and try to count the rounds.

Posted by: bt_in-an-indeterminate-state_hun at August 20, 2008 05:28 PM

It's previously been fairly well-established...

Posted by: BillT at August 20, 2008 06:14 PM

I knew you wouldn't be able to resist :p

Posted by: Cass at August 20, 2008 07:19 PM

Here comes another bunch of over-educated, over-subsidized morons to clue us all in as to our everyday behavior. They put the world into "beer goggles" without ever recognizing the limitations of their own observations. Allow me to clear up your lenses, Doc:

A member of the opposite sex (Whoa! I guess we'd better include the same sex nowadays!) does not become "more attractive" after ingesting copious amounts of alcohol. Rather, the standards of what constitutes "attractive" to that person over-served are exponentially lowered with each dose of the devil until the subject either acknowleges that gerbils are cute or falls into a coma.

And, geniuses, I learned this as a junior in high school.

Posted by: spd rdr at August 20, 2008 07:22 PM

[sipping martini contemplatively as she bites back gerbil joke]

Oh nevermind.
I got nothin' :)

Posted by: Cass at August 20, 2008 07:44 PM

..."bites back gerbil joke"...
Is it Sully again?

Ahhh, never mind... =8^}

Posted by: bt_in-an-indeterminate-state_hun at August 20, 2008 08:11 PM

It's not as bad as it sounds :p

A little double entendre. We always had gerbils for my boys when they were growing up. It became something of a family joke b/c the durned pet stores never could quite figger out whether they were male or female. At one point I think I must have had 25 or 30 of the darned things!

They were multiplying faster than I could give them away :)

I adore gerbils. They are the cutest things in the world. But not 25 of them.

On my 24th or 25th birthday (I can't remember now) I recall waking up to the sound of my adorable little cherubs whispering in my ear: "MOMMY! MOM! WAKE UP!"


I got up (my husband, of course, was deployed).

There were gerbils EVERYWHERE.

My sons had left the cage open.

I learned that gerbils are very curious. And very fast.

The only way to catch them is to take advantage of their curiosity. If you leave a paper bag, or a can of Pringles, on the rug, they will go inside and you can pick it up. That was the only way I caught all of them.


That was my birthday.

Posted by: Cass at August 20, 2008 08:34 PM

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday dear Cassie
Happy Gerbil to you

and many more...

Posted by: HomefrontSix at August 20, 2008 08:54 PM

No more birthdays!...err...gerbils...err...either one!

Posted by: Cass at August 20, 2008 09:44 PM

And for those less shallow among us, you understand that looks aren't everything, and there is such a thing as being intellectually attracted.

My best friend reminded me that a very physically attractive person, once you get to really know them, can become quite unattractive. On the other hand, someone you might not look at twice, once you get to really know them, becomes more attractive. She has two friends, whom I have never met (she met them after I returned to Texas): one unattractive man and one pretty woman. She introduced these two, and they have now been dating for quite some time...

Posted by: Miss Ladybug at August 20, 2008 10:40 PM

Scientists "prove" that something exists by repeating a known phenomenon in this universe?

That's some sophistry right there.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at August 21, 2008 01:47 AM

On the other hand, someone you might not look at twice, once you get to really know them, becomes more attractive.


The problem lies in getting 'em to look at me twice without gagging...

Posted by: BillT at August 21, 2008 03:30 AM