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Thursday, 19 April 2007
Beer goggles

Scientists are jolly useful people, especially if you're after the perfect bacon butty. Some of them are a bit nerdy looking, it has to be said. But like everyone else, they will look better after you've had a few beers, and unlike everyone else, they will be able to tell you why. From the BBC:

Scientists believe they have worked out a formula to calculate how "beer goggles" affect a drinker's vision.

The drink-fuelled phenomenon is said to transform supposedly "ugly" people into beauties - until the morning after.

Researchers at Manchester University say while beauty is in the eye of the beer-holder, the amount of alcohol consumed is not the only factor.

Additional factors include the level of light in the pub or club, the drinker's own eyesight and the room's smokiness.

The distance between two people is also a factor.

They all add up to make the aesthetically-challenged more attractive, according to the formula.

The formula can work out a final score, ranging from less than one - where there is no beer goggle effect - to more than 100.

An = number of units of alcohol consumed
S = smokiness of the room (graded from 0-10, where 0 clear air; 10 extremely smoky)
L = luminance of 'person of interest' (candelas per square metre; typically 1 pitch black; 150 as seen in normal room lighting)
Vo = Snellen visual acuity (6/6 normal; 6/12 just meets driving standard)
d = distance from 'person of interest' (metres; 0.5 to 3 metres)

A formula rating of less than one means no effect. Between one and 50 the person you would normally find unattractive appears less "visually offensive".

Non-appealing people become suddenly attractive between 51 and 100. At more than 100, someone not considered attractive looks like a super model.

I feel sorry for Muslims. They have no way of transforming this:

Into this:

Posted on 04/19/2007 9:51 AM by Mary Jackson
19 Apr 2007
Hugh Fitzgerald

The point surely is not that the obviously sinister Sheik Hamza above cannot be transformed into the unobviously sinister Tariq Ramadan below. It is, rather, that though?Sheikh Hamza and Tariq Ramadan?are in outward aspect, and in manner of presentation, quite different, but that in essence the message they give is the same.

There is plenty of?besmitten gush that? issues from some girl journalists, such as Deborah Orr, when they meet? soft-spoken, "wry and deprecating" Tariq Ramadan, behaving?for all the world like?a shopgirl or grisette who has just come to the last page of her favorite true romance in the "Second Chance For Love" series, the one about the Arab sheikh, untamed on his wild desert stallion, who finally on the last page of the?book?picks up into his arms the?American or English heroine (a?damsel he has previously rescued from distress,), and having swept her off her feet, sweeps her off her feet.?

But not all girls, just like not all boys, are quite so silly, or quite so determined to have sex do all the talking.?There are?physically alluring propagandists for white supremacy, for Nazis, for Fascists Fascists (though how?cheap Alessandra Mussolini looks on?the RAI).?Not all Nazis looked like Himmler, or Hitler, or Goebbels. Not all fascists looked like Mussolini. Not all Muslims look like Sheikh Hamza.

As for me, I don't like Tariq Ramadan's looks. For he looks like the snake he is, slithering about, offering this or that naive Eve the apple of false knowledge. And even then not all of them bite. Compare that smiling facade of a face with the upright and noble and guileless face of -- oh, of Liviu Librescu.



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