Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The golden ratio

Many thanks to Agent P Berry for passing this one along to us.

Apparently, when it comes to having a sexy walk, a lot of it comes down to crunching both abdominal muscles and numbers. In fact, a group of mathematicians at Cambridge engaged in exhausting research, trying to determine just what makes the sexiest walks work. They eventually arrived at a hips to waist ratio of 0.7, claiming that this ratio would provide the utmost in both swing and bounce. As for who holds the claim to the mathematically sexiest walk, look no further than Jessica Alba.

That's right. The group of math geniuses proved their smarts by engaging in a study that allowed them to watch beautiful women walk, trying to determine which walk showcased the best assets. After arriving at the "ideal" measurements of a 25-inch waist and 36-inch hips, they then had to spend hours (possibly days) pouring over detailed information about some of the most famous actresses, all in order to learn who had the best proportions for the walk.

We're certain that they were compensated well for all of the time that they spent being forced to watch beautiful women.

Seriously, though, perhaps this is why the stereotype of mathematicians not being able to get dates is so prevalent. Their obsession with numbers can prevent them for seeing things as anything more than more equations, and, well, unless your phone number uses 314-1592 somewhere, you probably don't have much of a chance with them. And don't even get us started at how often they refer to things as being irrational, or imaginary, only to find that those terms can apply to thoughts and friends, too.

Alright, that last part isn't fair. They know that friends can be imaginary.

Ultimately, while scientists are busy learning what happens by injecting (or suppressing) hormones in lab mice, this group from Cambridge has finally proven that there's use for algebra and other mathematical concepts outside of school. Math may not be able to bring sexy back, but it can certainly quantify it.

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