Thursday, September 15, 2011

Poe's Corner From Episode 023

For this week's Poe's Corner we have a few examples of weird battle of the sexes headlines.  Which is the satire and which are actual studies?

#1  Study: 92% of babysitters hired by moms are butt-ugly
A study conducted by Harfold State College on Harfold dads … shows that the vast majority of babysitters found by their childrens' mothers are not pleasant to look at.  More than nine out of 10 babysitters or 92% of those hired by moms only were deemed to have facial and body qualities that were less than desirable in the opinions of the dads.

#2  Women's Tears Reduce Sex Drive in Men, Study Hints
In multiple experiments, male subjects smelled either women's fresh tears …or a control liquid of saline, which was trickled down the faces of the same women.  When the men were shown photographs of ordinary women not involved in the experiment, those who had sniffed real tears were less sexually aroused than men who had sniffed saline—as revealed by the men's heart rates, skin temperatures, and testosterone levels, among other cues.

#3  Wealthy men give women more orgasms
Scientists have found that the pleasure women get from making love is directly linked to the size of their partner’s bank balance.  They found that the wealthier a man is, the more frequently his partner has orgasms.  “Women’s orgasm frequency increases with the income of their partner,” said Dr Thomas Pollet, the Newcastle University psychologist behind the research.

Links with the answers after the jump...


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