Does leg length play a determinative role for success in ballet? [research study]

A unique 2009 research project quantified (for the first time) the changes in elevation angles of ballet dancers’ legs between 1946 and 2004. Now a new study has examined (again for the first time) leg-length in relation to selected ballet performance indicators. “The aim of the present study was to investigate the relationships between leg […]

Future fashion cycles of Korean pants – a study

Is it possible to establish a fashion theory frame to forecast future fashion cycles of pants (in the Republic of Korea) – through analyzing past fashion cycles of pants through a diachronic method? Yes! says researcher Seonsook Kim of the Dept. of Clothing & Textiles, Daejeon University, Republic of Korea. A paper on the subject […]

The Hemline and The Economy – examining an urban legend

“Urban legend has it that the hemline is correlated with the economy. In times of decline, the hemline moves towards the floor (decreases), and when the economy is booming, skirts get shorter and the hemline increases.” To test the validity of such a(n) hypothesis, researchers Marjolein van Baardwijk and Full Professor Ph.H.B.F. (Philip Hans) Franses […]

Fluid Dynamics and the Potential Cost of Long Genitalia in Male Guppies

Male guppies with long genitals may swagger, physically in a current, and metaphorically in the grand scheme of reproduction. Or not. This newly published study explores these questions: “A Potential Cost of Long Genitalia in Male Guppies: the Effects of Current Speed on Reproductive Behaviour,” Lucia Kwan, Adam N. Dobkin, F. Helen Rodd, and Locke […]

Most of sex and biology explained, maybe (by fingers)

A person could use this new study to make sense of almost all aspects of biology and sex, if a person had a way of doing so: “Sociosexual Orientation and 2D:4D Ratios in Women: Relationship to Men’s Desirability Ratings as a Long-Term Pair Bond,” Tara L. DeLecce, John P. Polheber, Robert L. Matchock [pictured here], Archives […]

Announcement of a Finger-Length-Ratio/Video-Game-Addiction Connection

Evidence of one sort or another piles deep, deep, deep for or against there being significance to the length of a person’s second finger as compared with the length of that person’s fourth finger. Now implicated in the ever-more-encompassing story: video game addiction. Here’s a new (and perhaps the only) study on this particular vexing question: […]

Simple-Logic Essay Competition: Finger-length paper

Here’s this weeks’s Simple-Logic Essay Competition. In clear simple sentences, describe the chain of logic for this academic paper: “Correction for van Honk et al., ‘Testosterone administration impairs cognitive empathy in women depending on second-to-fourth digit ratio‘” [Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Jun 17] COMPETITION RULE: Your simple, clear explanation must be […]

Relative Finger Length and Age at First Marriage in Semi-Nomadic People

Here’s further evidence that Relative Finger Length sheds light on practically everything: “The Second to Fourth Digit Ratio and Age at First Marriage in Semi-Nomadic People from Namibia,” Piotr Sorokowski, Agnieszka Sorokowska, Dariusz Danel, Mara L. Mberira and Leszek Pokrywka, Archives of Sexual Behavior, Volume 41, Number 3, 2012, pp. 703-710.