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The 9 Weirdest Facts About Boobs

Society’s continuous fascination with breasts has led to a bunch of quirky scientific studies over time with some wacky findings you wouldn’t believe…
 
 
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Boobs…we can never quite seem to get enough of them or stop talking about their appearance.  Indeed, there are countless studies dedicated to unearthing the mystery of their enchanting allure, with some research providing particularly comical insight into our perception of breasts and personal preferences. While the legitimacy of many of these so-called “scientific findings” is questionable, here is a list of the weirdest boob studies out there worthy of mention:

1.         Poor men like big breasts while financially secure men prefer smaller breasts.

Busty women beware: your cleavage may be attracting gold diggers.  According to Psychology Today, the amount of money a man earns has a lot to do with the size of breasts he prefers.  The study, conducted by two psychologists, set out to explore the link between financial security and men’s breast size preferences.  Men from different socio-economic backgrounds – 266 to be exact – were asked which breast size they found more sexually attractive based on a series of animated female figures with various breast sizes.

The study determined that poorer men or men experiencing “resource insecurity” preferred larger breasts while those who were financially well off preferred smaller boobs.  Moreover, it suggests that one view on women’s breast size is that it acts as a “signal of fat reserves, which in turn advertises access to resources”. 

2.         Hungry men desire big breasts while satiated men prefer a smaller chest.

In a second experiment following on from the previous study, the aim was to determine whether “food security” played a role in preferences of breast size.  Researchers found that hungry men preferred larger breasts to those whose stomachs were full.  The results were compiled by comparing the breast size ratings of 66 hungry men vs. 58 satiated men – all white British men from a male university dining hall during dinner.  

Only white British men were invited to participate in the experiment because of the fact that ethnicity is known to influence breast size preferences and the study wanted to eliminate any additional factors, which may affect the outcome.  The study resulted in a finding that hungry men substantially preferred fuller-breasted women. Bon appétit indeed!

3.         Men not interested in fatherhood find large breasts less attractive

According to Psychology Today, researchers Christopher Burris and Armand Munteanu conducted a study based on an “evolutionary perspective on breast size,” by asking 67 college men about their desire to become a father.  Their answers were measured on a scale. Thereafter, the men were asked to adjust women’s' breasts, hips and proportions on a computer-animated program according to their “ideal sexual partner”.  The results revealed that men who wished to remain childless preferred smaller breasts, while men who preferred larger breasts had a desire to become a dad.  

The study maintains that large breasts are innately a signal of woman’s capacity and ability to bear and nurture children.  Key findings suggest there is an association between a particular fertility-related hormone and larger breast tissue.  Furthermore, a link was found between larger breasts and a smaller waste-to-hip ratio with regards to the greater likelihood of conceiving children.

4.         Squeezing breasts may prevent cancer

Good news for men - you may actually be saving the life of your significant other by continuously grabbing her breasts.  According to the UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, squeezing breasts can prevent cancer.  Apparently mechanical forces and applying physical pressure on the breasts can stop the rapid growth of cancer and prevent out of control cells from turning malignant.

 
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