Wednesday, January 04, 2006

HUGE NEWS IN KYEWTLAND!


The Grey Lady has spoken. Yesterday's NYTimes. The Science section. Omg.
"THE CUTE FACTOR"
Some highlights:

A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS
"New studies suggest that cute images stimulate the same pleasure centers of the brain aroused by sex, a good meal or psychoactive drugs like cocaine"

UM, DUH
"Experts point out that the cuteness craze is particularly acute in Japan, where it goes by the name "kawaii" and has infiltrated the most masculine of redoubts."

OH WE ARE SO EVOLVED YET SO SIMPLE
"As a species whose youngest members are so pathetically helpless they can't lift their heads to suckle without adult supervision, human beings must be wired to respond quickly and gamely to any and all signs of infantile desire. The human cuteness detector is set at such a low bar, researchers said, that it sweeps in and deems cute practically anything remotely resembling a human baby or a part thereof, and so ends up including the young of virtually every mammalian species, fuzzy-headed birds like Japanese cranes, woolly bear caterpillars, a bobbing balloon, a big round rock stacked on a smaller rock, a colon, a hyphen and a close parenthesis typed in succession." (THAT LAST BIT IS A CHEAP SHOT :-) )

I AM SO CUTE
"Cuteness is distinct from beauty, researchers say, emphasizing rounded over sculptured, soft over refined, clumsy over quick. Beauty attracts admiration and demands a pedestal; cuteness attracts affection and demands a lap. Beauty is rare and brutal, despoiled by a single pimple. Cuteness is commonplace and generous, content on occasion to cosegregate with homeliness."

LASTLY, Mad props to writer Natalie Angier for her MEGA KYEWT description of le sea cow:
"many Floridians have an enormous affection for the manatee, which looks like an overfertilized potato with a sock puppet's face"

Here's the entire article.

Manatees are the bomb.

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