The Cute Factor

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!

2 thoughts on “The Cute Factor”

  1. From Urban Dictionary

    1. butterstick the panda

    verb – A euphemism for sexual intercourse, to make the beast with two backs, to make sweet love, to copulate, to perform the naked bone dance.

    A slang term used mainly in Chicago in reference to the nation’s obsession with the large bears that are so sexually inept that zookeepers show them “panda porn” in order to encourage them to mate.
    Jack and Diane went back to her place to butterstick the panda.

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