Scientists Find Golden Ratio in Your Uterus

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With all the government officials crowded in there, I'm amazed that they were able to do it, but scientists have announced that during their travels through the human uterus, they've discovered something math-magical — proportions approaching what naturalists, scientists, and general knowledge nerds refer to as the "golden ratio." And women whose babycaves are closest to "perfect" by numerical standards are more fertile than their lopsided ladyparts-having counterparts.

The "Golden Ratio" or, more boringly, approximately 1.618, is the number that some believe is the most accurate way to numerically express aesthetic perfection — rectangles with a 1.618 ratio are more pleasing to look at than other rectangles (although I'm not sure how I'd quantify my level of pleasure at looking at a rectangle, if asked), people spend thousands of dollars to obtain smiles that reflect a 1.618 ratio, faces containing features that adhere to the same 1.618 ratio are considered the most beautiful faces, from the ancient Egyptian bust of Nefertiti to Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. The pyramids were built using the Golden Mean, as was the Parthenon. The Guardian explains,

[The Golden Ratio] arises from the Fibonacci sequence, the sequence of numbers starting 0,1 such that every term is the sum of the previous two:

0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, …

The ratio of consecutive terms of the Fibonacci sequence converges to 1.618. For example 8/5 = 1.6 and a few terms down the line 89/55 = 1.618.

Since the Fibonacci sequence grows by adding on to itself in an organic way, it has been argued that one should expect to see Fibonacci numbers and the ratios between them in living forms.


So, naturally, it stands to reason that the world's sexiest, most easily impregnated uteruses would contain the same proportions as Angelina Jolie's face.

We now know that uteruses with a height-to-width ratio of 1.618 are the most fertile ones thanks to one curious Belgian gynecologist named Jasper Verguts, who told The Guardian that people in his line of work can often tell if ladyparts are in working order simply by looking at them. He suspected a correlation between highly functioning uteruses and the Golden Ratio, and so over the past several years, he used ultrasound to take measurements on the uteruses of 5,000 women. Sure enough, women in their prime babymaking years had a uterus that matched the proportions he predicted.

While this is interesting news, we're still years away from a subgenre of "Fibonacci Sequence/Golden Ratio all up in my guts" pickup lines. In the meantime, feel free to enhance your Golden Ratio knowledge with this old Donald Duck cartoon, which you should watch if only for the moment he's dressed in a toga with a pentagram drawn on his hand.

[The Guardian]

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