New research paints a pretty unflattering picture of how men view the opposite sex as they grow older. Generally, as women age, they continue to find men around their age the most attractive. But as men age, they continue to find women 20-24 most attractive. "From the time you're 22 you'll be less hot than a 20-year-old, based on this data," OKCupid co-founder Christian Rudder said to a group of women at a recent talk, according to FiveThirtyEight. "So that's just a thing." The findings were based on data collected from OKCupid's notoriously obsessive info-gathering process, and published in Dataclysm, Rudder's new book on the importance of data-collection.
Rudder clarified the findings for NPR. "This is just measuring people's opinions, not what they actually go out and do ...What you see when you actually look at what people do, you see the realism set in. So these 40-year-old guys … the people they actually have the courage to actually go out and message are a lot older: it's 30, 35-year-old women" ... Discuss
The team at BusinessInsider.com has created this large infograph outlining the best jobs for each one of the 16 personalities described in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test. Obviously, the list isn’t perfect, but it does provide some interesting insight into information that they claim “about 80% of the Fortune 500 and 89 of Fortune 100 companies use” to analyze their employees. For the infograph data, they teamed with one of the authors of Do What You Are, Paul Tieger, and applied the methodology of the book. You can see the whole chart here ... Discuss
You'd have to be crazy to not get a little nervous in the days leading up to your wedding. It's a big commitment, and it's important to take those pre-marriage jitters seriously. Most likely, they just mean you're human, and you've got some perfectly normal anxieties. But if you have real doubts about the wedding, you may have to make some drastic decisions. Such was the case of Connecticut's Tucker Blandford, who was engaged a Brit named Alex Lanchester. Tucker had some doubts about the wedding and decided to call it off in dramatic fashion: by calling Lanchester, lowering his voice to mimic his father's, and telling her:
Alex, this is Tucker’s dad. There’s no easy way to say this… I am sorry to say that Tucker is dead.”
Tucker explained that his "son" had been killed in a car accident. Lanchester was obviously beside herself and called Tucker's mother to mourn with her, which is where Tucker's story fell apart. His mother informed Lanchester that Tucker was perfectly fine, other than the fact that he is a terrible liar, very bad at faking his own death and maybe not the best marriage material. “All I ever did was love him,” Lanchester told reporters. “After this I’m not sure I can trust a man ever again" ... Discuss
Man. The noblest beast. Through courage and cunning, man has forged rivers, crossed oceans, ascended mountains and even dared to set foot on the very moon and beyond. And though greatness beckons, it is our destiny to sometimes stumble and fall in the tendrils of our nature. This is one such moment as Max, the crowning achievement of creation, reckons with the unfairness of the world around him. In time, he too will join humanity in the sun. But today is not that day ... Discuss
Oh, childhood. Sweet, sunlit land of unfettered bliss. Who among us has not wished that it would last forever? Who among us does not remember the first time we stared into the abyss? Today, we are all Sadie, and we sob in unison with her ... Discuss
How to chart the decline of the once mighty Richard Dawkins? Time was, he was a feared, powerful voice for atheism, but his all-too-frequent nonsensical Twitter rants have brought his reputation down to rubble, and this morning's was a particular doozy. In a series of tweets that don't seem to exist for any real reason, Dawkins waxed poetically on which sorts of rape and pedophilia are worse than others, noting that "Mild pedophilia is bad. Violent pedophilia is worse" and that "date rape is bad. Stranger rape at knifepoint is worse. If you think that's an endorsement of date rape, go away and learn how to think."
He's been defending himself against wild backlash ever since, seemingly unable to comprehend why anyone would be upset by his simple, "logical" observation, in which he did not define exactly what he means by "'mild' pedophilia" and whether or not he has any authority to speak on various categories of rape. As Salon notes, "let’s thank God he’s not the one who actually does get to decide whose rape was worse than anybody else’s" ... Discuss
Date rape is bad. Stranger rape at knifepoint is worse. If you think that's an endorsement of date rape, go away and learn how to think.