Apr 04 2012
Everyone looks better after you’ve tipped back a pint or two, and now we may know why. It turns out that alcohol dulls our ability to recognize cockeyed, asymmetrical faces, according to researchers who tested the idea on both sober and inebriated college students in England. “Over an evening Joerg, Richard and I went out to the university campus bars with a laptop and asked students to participate,” Halsey said. This included students taking a quick breathalyzer test to confirm their alcohol consumption. The students were classified as either sober or intoxicated, then examined the images. The sober students had a greater preference for symmetrical faces than did the intoxicated students. And it turned out that the sober students were better at detecting whether a face was symmetrical.
All this time I had no idea it had to do with face symmetry. I just thought when you were drunk you compromise your standards to bury your beak. You don’t say, “Wow this chick is hot, I want to take her home.” You say, “Well, she’s good enough for tonight.” It’s really not science. You get a decent looking girl flashing her sh$t and you’ve had a couple drinks, you’re done for. We need to stop chalking everything up to science. I knew damn well that I wouldn’t touch half the chicks I’ve taken home if I was sober but did it anyway with a smile.
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