In centimeters, that’s roughly the equivalent of 36-24-36 as a bust-waist-hip measurement in inches. Right here in Austin, Devendra Singh, Ph.D., of the UT psychology department, reports that “to understand evolutionary significance of human physical attractiveness” is among his current research interests. The current Economist (January 19; page 72), in an article called “Breathe in, girls,” has quite a bit of fun with this. One of Dr. Singh’s published papers is entitled “Female Mate Value at a Glance: Relationship of Waist-to-Hip Ratio to Health, Fecundity, and Attractiveness.” Another is cited as “Adaptive significance of female physical attractiveness: Role of waist-to-hip ratio.” These represent distinguished products of the great research institution in our midst, equivalent in distinction to the permanent display of a recreation of the study of Erle Stanley Gardner. It used to be that just anybody could peer into this odd exhibit, but now an appointment is required to do so.

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