Linear than thou

There are times when I think we should just appreciate what’s there and not try to analyze it to death.

This is one of those times:

A plastic surgeon claims he has found the formula for the ideal pair of legs, and straight bones are the main ingredient.

Fahd Benslimane spent 12 years analysing photographs of models and athletes as well as a range of other sources, including Greek statues, Barbie dolls and sketches by Leonardo da Vinci, to work out what type of legs were considered the most attractive in the western world.

He concluded that legs with bones that run in a straight line from the top of the thigh through to the knee joint and ankle, with nips and curves at the knee and calf, were the most desirable, because they combine fragility with strength.

Well, you can’t get much straighter than Barbie, who doesn’t even have a knee joint to break up her Blessed Straightness.

And of course we must be mindful of context:

What comes to mind when I say double-jointed therapist

Okay, maybe not that much.

(Highly questionable samples at the Fark thread whence this came.)

1 comment

  1. fillyjonk »

    6 November 2012 · 7:02 am

    “they combine fragility with strength”

    I’m sorry, that rates a WTH from me. How can you be both fragile and strong? (I get being brittle and strong, in an engineering sense, but not fragile and strong). Or is this another one of those impossible standards up to which we are supposed to live?

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