Monday, May 01, 2006

Something new to worry about when shaking hands...

Researchers in Belgium divided 44 male college students into two groups: high-testosterone and low-testosterone. Just wait to you hear how they did this.

They were testing to see if exposure to sexy stimuli would make the high-testosterone group make bad business decisions -- and sure enough they made good business decisions when there was no sexy stimulus -- but let them touch a bra, however, and they gave away the farm. So, far, pretty typical "publish or perish" academic research.

Whether you were considered a Belgium stud, or a Belgium dud, was based on the ratio of your ring finger to your index finger. No, I'm not making that up! They assumed that if you are a naturally high-testosterone kind of guy, your ring finger would be longer your index finger. You may insert your own size joke here. If your ring finger is a shrimp, you should apparently plan to adopt.

Many researchers appear to believe that much can be told about a person based on the ratio between the ring and index fingers. This site provides a general explanation for both men and women and a calculator for you to determine your own ratio. We had fun with it but it might put some false ideas in your head -- treat it a silly game. Also, you cannot tell by just looking, you have to measure (and, yes, once again, insert your own joke here).

2 comments:

Carnealian said...

This is certainly very pertinent information for a single woman to have! Thanks so much Jim!!! I won't be looking for wedding bands on the ring finger any longer!
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remember, smart people used to believe that bumps on your head were indications of personality

The Phoenix said...

Scientists have found a correlation between the ratio of index finger to ring finger length and testosterone levels.

Interestingly, they also found that the second son born had a lower amount of testosterone compared to the first born son. They believe the mother's body attempts to counterbalance the testosterone levels...and there is a higher incidence of homosexuality among second or third born sons compared to first born sons.

It's all very interesting, but kinda useless information.
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there is also a significant positive correlation between the number of radios in an area and the incidence of insanity, proves nothing -- the same line of research says that the third son will be gay -- the sample sizes are too small or not random for these studies to be meaningful or to generalize them to a larger population