junk science

[I just got this from Dick Cheney’s Expanding Taint. I think it’s a hoax, but I’m too sick to know for sure. I’ve got a cold. I was up all last night, hacking to the point of dizziness.]

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  1. Thoreau
    Posted April 11, 2008 at 3:09 pm | Permalink


  2. mark
    Posted April 11, 2008 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    Gives me an idea for a family “faces of meth” Christmas card next year. Thanks, Thoreau.

  3. Ol' E Cross
    Posted April 11, 2008 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

    As meth tends to turn folks into human skeletskins, and blogging, it would seem, given the available evidence, makes folks rather, um, “puffy” … I think we may have stumbled on the perfect balance.

    Mark, start blogging on meth asap and you will live forever.

  4. Posted April 11, 2008 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    The first time I saw that picture of your pink eye, mark, my impression was that you were less sick than just not talented in self-portraiture. It was truly a pathetic looking picture.

    By the way, Mark. You seem to be nursing a cold or some other illness more often than not. Take some vitamins, man! And get better soon, too.

  5. egpenet
    Posted April 11, 2008 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    Mark needs some of that stuff that gives Pete, the chicken man, that “sweet haze.” And so do I.

  6. Robert
    Posted July 23, 2008 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    How to identify the look of love – or lust

    LONDON (Reuters) – Members of the opposite sex can spot whether somebody is after a one-night stand or something more permanent just by looking at their face, scientists said on Wednesday.

    On men, a square jaw, large nose and small eyes are more likely to betray the look of lust than of love.

    Women found men with softer features more likely to opt for commitment.

    But the Durham University-led research found that while men can judge whether a woman is footloose-and-fancy-free or not, there is no common facial detail to explain it.

    The image shows a pair of computerised “averaged” facial photographs taken from real people’s pictures. According to the research, the face on the right is of someone who is more likely to be interested in a short-term sexual relationship whilst the one on the left is more likely to be interested in a long-term relationship.
    About 700 heterosexuals took part in the survey carried out by Durham, St. Andrews and Aberdeen universities.

    In one study, 72 percent of the 153 participants correctly identified the sexual attitudes of a group of men and women in their 20s after being shown photographs or facial images.

    Published in the journal “Evolution and Human Behaviour”, the research also showed that women who were open to short-term sexual relationships were usually seen as more attractive.

    They tended to have wide eyes and large lips, such as the actress Angelina Jolie.

    Women were usually interested in men who appeared to be more likely to want a long-term relationship.

    The research tended to confirm earlier findings which found that women see masculine men as more likely to be unfaithful and worse at parenting.

    The men and women also tended to opt for complete opposites.

    Dr. Lynda Boothroyd, from Durham University’s Psychology Department, said: “This shows that these initial impressions may be part of how we assess potential mates — or potential rivals — when we first meet them.

    “These will then give way over time to more in-depth knowledge of that person as you get to know them better, and may change with age.”

    Dr Ben Jones, from the University of Aberdeen’s Face Research Lab, said: “Lots of previous studies have shown that people can judge a lot about a person from their face, including things like health and even some personality traits like introversion, but this really is the first study to show that people are also sensitive to subtle facial signals about the type of romantic relationships that others might enjoy.”

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