Why Humor Turns Women On
We all know that women like funny guys but empirical evidence for this phenomenon has been sorely lacking. Fortunately, a recent study tests whether humor helps men pick up women.
A French scientist has set out to test whether 'producing humor might function as a fitness indicator associated with greater desirability during dating selection': "For the experiment, the researcher recruited several young 'male confederates' to help out. The guys sat in a bar near a woman, and one of them was instructed to tell three jokes to his companions. The result of these shenanigans? 'The previous expression of humor was associated with greater compliance with the male confederate's request and with a higher positive evaluation.' In other words, the guy who told jokes was rated as funnier and more attractive by the women, thus snagging him more phone numbers."
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China's Chang'e 4 biosphere experiment marks a first for humankind.
- China's Chang'e 4 lunar lander touched down on the far side of the moon on January 3.
- In addition to a lunar rover, the lander carried a biosphere experiment that contains five sets of plants and some insects.
- The experiment is designed to test how astronauts might someday grow plants in space to sustain long-term settlements.
She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
Arranged marriages and Western romantic practices have more in common than we might think.
In his book In Praise of Love (2009), the French communist philosopher Alain Badiou attacks the notion of 'risk-free love', which he sees written in the commercial language of dating services that promise their customers 'love, without falling in love'.
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