Friday, November 25, 2005


God bless the good scientists at Manchester University in the United Kingdom. Scientists there have discovered a formula that helps calculate the effect of "beer goggles" on a person.

The Mailbox is amazed that there is actual science on the phenomenon that makes a girl who looks like this look like this. According to the researchers, factors such as low light, the room's smokiness and the distance between the looker and lookee all make a person look hotter.

Those and other characteristics are measured and put into a formula, which looks scarier than the quadratic formula. After you get the end result, you apply it to a scale:

A formula rating of less than one means no effect. Between one and 50 the person you would normally find unattractive appears less "visually offensive". Non-appealing people become suddenly attractive between 51 and 100. At more than 100, someone not considered attractive looks like a super model.

Not surprisingly, the study was commissioned by Bausch & Lomb. Guess that company wants to know more about what these guys have known for years.

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