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Curves Preferred, Thank You

A Design & Trend story brought to light a study from University of Texas researchers. According to this think tank, they have discovered that men express a preference for women who have a pronounced back-to-buttock curve.

Ripley’s, I’m telling you.

One hundred men were asked to rank the attractiveness of images featuring various females of different body forms. And the results came back with the astonishing news that males have a preference for women with a back-to-buttock curvature of 45.5 degrees.

Well, duh!

Researchers described said preference as the “theoretically optimal angle of lumbar curvature.”

Great to know that mystery is solved.

Whatever Happened to Nicknames

What in the world has happened to nicknames?

Golden’s State’s “Splash Brothers” is a cool nickname for Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Hearing their nickname prompted me to think about the lack of nicknames these days.

I remember all the cool nicknames the black kids had once the Tampa schools were finally integrated. There was Skeets, Sleepy, Sammie Duke, Pokey, Baby Moose, Double Ugly, Meat, Junior, Iceberg Slim, and the list could go on and on.

Back in the old days of sports, nicknames were out there all the time. Babe Ruth alone had “The Bambino” or “The Sultan of Swat” among others. Ted Williams was known as “The Splendid Splinter” and “Teddy Ballgame.” Ty Cobb, “The Georgia Peach,” Walter Johnson, “The Big Train,” etc.

I once tried to turn Carl Crawford into “Three Dog” for his penchant for hitting triples. Using that nickname in several of my stories, I thought the moniker might catch on Crawford. It did not.

Wonder why the nickname has disappeared? Any thoughts?

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