Friday, February 09, 2007

If This Were On The SAT Americans Would Appear Much Less Dumb...

So, this is about 2 years old, but that's just how bored we are today. Researchers at Manchester University worked out a formula to calculate how "beer goggles" affect your vision. Apparently there are more factors than just the open bar from 10-12. Additional factors include the level of light, your own eyesight, the room's smokiness, as well as the distance between you and your future regret.

Here’s the formula boys, make sure to bring your TI-83 to Mr. Blacks tonight.


  • 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)
And what does it all mean? (It uses "metres" so we will never be able to really apply this thing).
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 supermodel.
We wish we knew about this when Mayor Mike instituted the smoking ban. We would NOT have been so supportive.

1 comment:

Steve said...

Shouldn't there also be some way of factoring in your degree of desperation? maybe by number of weeks or (sadly) months since last getting laid? Because it definatly plays a role in this as well if I can recall