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Friday, 18 December 2009
Truth And Beauty, So Be Sure To Bring Your Tape-Measure

Here is a thoroughly scientific new Truth about Beauty: 


Beauty is between eyes, mouth of the beholden

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Beauty is not so much in the eye of the beholder as in the measurements between the eyes, mouth and ears of the woman being observed, US and Canadian researchers have found.

In four experiments aimed at finding "an ideal facial feature arrangement," US and Canadian researchers asked students to compare color photographs of the same woman's face, in which the vertical distance between the eyes and mouth, and horizontal distance between the eyes, had been doctored using Photoshop.

The features -- eyes, mouth, nose, contour and hair -- remained the same and a woman's face was only compared to her own, never to another's.

Students looked at different pictures of the same woman's face laid out side by side and selected the face they found more attractive.

In all four experiments, they chose the faces with specific proportions that the researchers have dubbed the "new golden ratio."

Two of the experiments tested for the ideal distance between the eyes and mouth as compared to total face length, measured from the hairline to the chin. Both came up with 36 percent as the golden ratio for "the maximally attractive face."

The other two experiments measured both the ideal length and width ratios.

They both confirmed 36 percent as the golden ratio for the length of the maximally attractive face, and 46 percent as the ideal width ratio -- where the distance between the eyes is 46 percent of total face width, measured between the inner edges of the ears.

Happily, the 36/46 percent ratios "correspond with those of an average face," the study said, meaning there's no pressing need to get out the measuring tape and calculator or to rush to the plastic surgeon.


See that girl over there? I call that piece a wonder now, but maybe I'm wrong, maybe my eyesight  or the fading light is fooling me. I need to be certain. Say, can I borrow your measuring tape? 

And is there a wayu for the muliebrine to fudge those measurements, as in the days of pin-up girls, of Vargas vamps, of Lana Turner (as Johnny Stompanato to his dismay found out) and Jayne Mansfield and the rest of the entertainment world's supermagioratti

There may as yet be no equivalent of falsies fitting for faces (fa;ses are still are put -- or now stay put -- on the obvious places),  but there may be other ways to cook the beauty books and improve the looks through some form of deception..Wasn't there a fine Italian hand behind the last Golden Ratio or Rule of Beauty, the hand of the mathematician, Fibonacci, the one responsible for that silly chant that starts: 

"One point six one eight
  Who should we appreciate?"

And didn't he begin his name with a "fib"? 

Yes, I believe he did.


Posted on 12/18/2009 12:10 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
21 Dec 2009
It says in this article - Happily, the 36/46 percent ratios "correspond with those of an average face,"
But if the average woman has the perfect proportions then shouldn't the average woman be the most beautiful? Since the most beautiful women are above average, then maybe a slight variation from the perfect proportions is the ideal one.


18 Dec 2009
Send an emailMary Jackson

Yes, Reactionry,  you were spot on with Under Milk Wood. It was so bleedin' obvious that Hugh probably thought it beneath him to answer, but you have to be in it to win it, so you win the prizes from Devizes.

18 Dec 2009
Send an emailreactionry
Pene Con Color [O]us
Or: On Account Of The Accountant's Zipper Fly*
Or: Deadlier Than A Love Triangle
Or: Hellzapoppin' Zits**
Or: Freeway Of Love & Death
"twelve inches"?!?  Well, that paints a pretty self-serving picture, and colour me green, but perhaps it just seems that the game's a foot for Mr. His Fibs.
From The Godfather one recalls the chilling message that Luca Brasi sleeps with the codpiece.
The Not-So-Gently-Zit-Poppin' Reader might recall from Junior High health classes the dire admonition against traumatizing the facial "Deadly Triangle O' Death" lest one send bacilli on a commodius vicus to the cavernous sinuses:
As for me, I'm still pining for a quizzical smile (or at least an honourable mention following this not so subtle hint) from Mary Jackson:
And finally, let's not forget the "infectious" smile of "Airborne" (geddit?) Isabel of VN's Wingstroke - "her mouth so red it seemed the Creator had scooped up some torrid carmine and slapped a handful on the nether part of her face." 
** Top that, Fred and Ginger:

18 Dec 2009
Send an emailMary Jackson

Luca Pacioli's was twelve inches, but he didn't use it as a rule.