In case you have missed the baby panda craze, don’t. The fricking bear is so cute you’ll go into instant, but highly pleasurable, sugar shock.
The New York Times, though it can no longer be counted upon for hard news delivered the year it broke, does have an entertaining story on the “science of cute” that includes this interesting tidbit:
Scientists who study the evolution of visual signaling have identified a wide and still expanding assortment of features and behaviors that make something look cute: bright forward-facing eyes set low on a big round face, a pair of big round ears, floppy limbs and a side-to-side, teeter-totter gait, among many others.
I don’t want to steal any panda thunder… but that’s a pretty good description of yours truly!