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).


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!
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.
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