Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Running helps ...

you get one of these (from Salon's Broadsheet):

How Scientifically Perfect is Your Butt?

So, suppose that after years of hard-won wisdom -- or just the luck of finding a pair of jeans with amazing lifting properties -- you have made peace with your behind. You may not love every dimple, but when you catch a rear view, you can say, "It's me. I'll take it." Now comes news from the Sunday Times of Australia that threatens any bit of body self-acceptance. A British psychologist has come up with a mathematical formula that evaluates the relative perfection of any given female butt.

David Holmes, a psychology lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University in England, came up with this mathematical gem: (S+C) x (B+F)/T = V. (S stands for shape or droopiness; C is for how spherical it is. B represents wobble or bounce, and F is for firmness. V measures hip-to-waist ratio, and T is for skin texture and cellulite.)

"The perfect female derriere has firmness to the touch and a resilience that prevents undue wobble or bounce, yet looks soft with flawless skin," Holmes told the Times. "Slender thighs and a hip-to-waist ratio of 0.7 will frame the perfect bum, well
rfectly." According to the formula, singer Kylie Minogue apparently has an ideal specimen.

Read the rest here.


  1. Oh that's priceless. You just gave every female reader a bad day.

  2. Three things:

    1. I'm very happy guys don't have such a scale.

    2. How dreadful was the research looking at women's butts all day (guess that depends on the butts).

    3. How do you place an ad in the paper research subjects? "Study subjects needed. Must have good butt."

  3. I didn't read the article but 'the perfect butt' is in the eye of the beholder, not in a mathematical forumula.

    I will never have a butt that is considered 'perfect' but I can't say as I've never heard, "Baby I love your ass*" and that's good enough for me.

    *disclaimer - this was some years ago. Maybe if I run enough marathons I can get back there.

  4. Manchester Metropolitan University in England, eh? Psychology lecturer? Or just plain ol--psycho? We'll never know. I'm glad the Brits are making good use of their research dough!

  5. Oh that is priceless! You're goin' on my blogroll.

    Nice skirt in your latest entry, but I'm still not sure I'd like it. Don't you think your thighs would chaffe on long runs?