Saturday, October 04, 2008

One last one...

Yes, I know, I've signed off - but this was just too good to give it a pass.

Talking about DEMA -well, sort of-, the 2008 Ig Nobel prizes have just been awarded, among which this inimitable insight.

Apparently, lap dancers earn the most when they're, you know, most fertile!
The Ig Nobel-winning experiment probing human nature has been featured in New Scientist: can women somehow signal when they are at their peak fertility? Most other female mammals do so openly, but men don't consciously recognise any such signal from women.
To investigate, University of New Mexico psychologists Geoffrey Miller, Joshua Tybur and Brent Jordan asked women working as lap dancers to report their nightly tips, and whether they were on hormonal contraceptives or menstruating naturally.
The two groups of women received similar tips when they were in non-fertile parts of their cycle, but when the naturally menstruating women reached their fertile days they earned significantly more (Evolution and Human Behavior, vol 28, p 375).
In the 18 subjects Miller studied, average earnings were $250 for a five-hour shift. That jumped to $350 to $400 per five-hour shift when the women were their most fertile, he said.
"I have heard, anecdotally, that some lap dancers have scheduled shifts based on this research," he said.

You may want to keep that in mind, lest what should have staid in Vegas comes knocking at your door some years down the line!

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