New psychological research suggests a significant sex effect for the colour red. This colour might be unique in rendering young women more sexually attractive to men. The latest study was partly inspired by previous work which found, for example, that when a woman wore a red T-shirt, men chose to sit closer to her, than a woman wearing blue. Another previous study found women wearing red in a bar were more approached by men.
Attraction. It's an odd thing, isn't it? Some people find Harry Styles attractive, for example, when he's plainly just a bell-end with the hair of a 1970s footballer. Heck, some people find me attractive (they do!) and I look like a testicle that someone has strategically shaved and drawn a frown onto.
You may think that a dog might just bring playtime, healthy exercise, hairy sofas and a lot of poo bags into your life. But actually, we've only just got started. According to the Dogs Trust in a recent survey, 85% of dog owners are more approachable with a hound at your heel and 60% find dog owners more attractive.
Against all previous form, I took part in a round of the X Factor this week. It was the familiar mix of competing styles and contingent emotion, followed by measures of first kind then merciless appraisal. My group didn't win: our blend of British "existential angst" with bold Brazilian overtones lost out and we were sent home.