I was looking for thread ideas and nothing is happening in the news lately except the usual bullshit. Obama is awesome/not awesome, Sarah Palin is dumb, and Julian Assange is a hair's breadth away from dying in a spectacular accident wherein a Predator drone pilot loses control of his aircraft and it happens to fly straight up Assange's ass. BO-RING. But then I came across a picture of Prince William and Kate Middleton. For what little I know about him, I like Prince William. He seems like a pretty stand-up guy. England could do far worse. Too bad all the gold and jewels in the world can't buy enough Rogaine to fix that hairline, yeep. But it's OK because he's a prince and he landed a hottie. It's the universe's way of compensating for the fact that his ancestors interbred, and goddamnit that's not his fault. It's a real-life sitcom formula: average-looking guy with sense of humor + hot wife. Repeated endlessly on TV these days. Back when I was forced to take sociology, I read about a study they did several decades ago before you had human subjects committees at universities. Apparently, there was an annual Freshman dance that everybody attended, and since nobody knew each other they would match up girls and guys by a questionnaire they filled out. Well, one year, for science, they decided to have people turn in their forms to a desk, and the guy at the desk would write down the attractiveness rating of the person on a 1-10 scale. Half the people were matched by the questionnaire, and half completely on looks (a 4 with a 4, etc.) The half matched completely on looks were way more likely to go out again. EDIT: Harry Coolahan asked and is too lazy to Google; it's Walster et al.'s matching hypothesis (1966). FOCUS: What are the biggest differences in attractiveness (in relationships or hookups) you've encountered, either personally or in your social circle? Please rate the two parties (including yourself if necessary) on a 1-10 scale for attractiveness only. Did it lead to success or was the relationship a powder-keg?