In most time travel fantasies that involve changing history, the catalyst for a butterfly effect throughout history is more often than not somebody dying. You kill Hitler, or you stop Abe Lincoln from dying, or something – and history changes. When somebody dies, you’re removing a person’s decisions, interactions and all from the world.
Which is why the Poltergeist Curse has had such an ineffable effect on history. For most, the Poltergeist Curse is simply that people keep making unnecessary sequels and now a remake of Tobe Hooper’s classic haunted house movie; or else it’s being damned to hear your know-it-all friend endlessly tell you about how Steven Spielberg really directed it.
When history reaches a fork in its path, most often its fate is decided by powers beyond the comprehension of most mere mortals. Which is to say that it’s usually the rich people in power, the governments and military leaders, who will affect the course of things. Mainly by waging war on each other, or making great scientific discoveries, or spying on their populace.
All of the biggest events in history – the Moon Landing, two World Wars, the 1966 World Cup win – were decided by forces outside of most people’s reach. Then there are the time when those outside forces aren’t just the establishment who treat the world as their plaything, beholden to their whims. Sometimes, those forces are something…other.
Most tales of paranormal activity will be waved away as nonsense, a mistake of the mind, a trick of the light, or else an outright lie. It’s easy to discredit things you don’t understand. And yet, sometimes these phenomena leave an ineffable mark on the annals of history, changing the world even if most of those living on it don’t believe they exist.
10 Unexplained Paranormal Events That Changed History
Whether you should go for dark and brooding, or smiling and friendly depends on your gender, the kind of relationship you’re after and, of course, context.
One study found that women under 30 tended to rate men as less attractive when smiling, so perhaps a straight and mysterious look is the way to go there. However, they did find that women over 30 – the ones more likely to be looking for a long term relationship – tended to like a bit of a smile, so it’s really all about who you’re trying to attract.
Men tended to find smiling women more attractive as well as, worryingly, women displaying shame.
It’s always better to just be yourself, but if you’re really set on a bit of scientific sexytime, then the general advice seems to boil down to adherence to gender stereotypes.
It would be nice if we could completely overturn society’s expectations and find that, actually, evolution programmed the opposite sex to go simply wild for your stained sweatpants and World of Warcraft high score, but it seems that mother nature is just not playing the game.
Studies and meta-analyses tend to indicate that women prefer a low husky voice,physical strength and a strong chiseled jaw on their men as these are all indicators that he’s going to be able to fight off a tiger whilst you’re in labour.
Studies also show that men prefer a higher voice, youthful features and a low waist-to-hip ratio (i.e. dat bootay) because these are indicators of fertility and the ability to raise and nurture strong little cave babies.
Research at the University of Abertay Dundee found that women can spot a high-stress guy and, what’s more, they don’t like it. When hetrosexual women were asked to rate the attractiveness of 39 men, some with high levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, and some with low, they consistently found the chill guys more attractive.
This wasn’t just because the chilled dudes happened to be hotter either, as the faces of the men were blended together to produce high and low stress composites. It was found that women were also likely to find relaxed guys even hotter when they were at their most fertile.
Although the existence of “human pheromones” is hotly debated and largely unsubstantiated, the sense of smell definitely comes into play when selecting a mate.
Studies into a bunch of molecules known collectively as the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) which is an essential part of the immune system. It’s thought that it is possible for a person to detect different MHC complexes through their body odour, and will be more attracted to a different profile to their own.
Now, you probably (okay, definitely) can’t help it if your MHC profile happens to be incompatible with your date’s, but you can give it a fighting chance by going easy on the cologne and letting a bit of your natural musk through.
It’s well-known that humans are programmed to find symmetrical faces more attractive. Some think that this is because it’s an indicator of good, strong genes ideal for passing on to your beautifully symmetrical offspring.
Although some studies have cast doubt on the “good genes” hypothesis by failing to find a link between symmetry and health, it would still appear that humans definitely find symmetry sexy.
If you’re looking to attract a lady, then you’re going to have to take some risks. This doesn’t just mean putting yourself out there, maybe making the first move, you need to literally do something risky.
But wait, before you unclick that seatbelt, there are only certain types of riskiness that work – the ones associated with our hunter gatherer instincts.
According to one study, things like handling fire or rock climbing were found in increase the attractiveness of both men and women, but modern risks such as driving without a seatbelt and not updating anti-virus software (no, really) did not.
Studies have found that the relative yellowness of caucasian skin increases your levels of attractiveness. There are two ways you can get this colouring, by increasing melanin levels (tanning) or by upping your intake of carotenoids.
Whilst both of these methods will certainly help, researchers have found that carotenoid colouration almost always wins out over melanin.
So where do you get these magical carotenoids? Pretty much any fruit or veg with yellow and red colouring will do, plus dark leafy greens such as spinach (don’t worry, they won’t turn you green, the yellow colour is just masked by the green chlorophyll).
Generally speaking, the best way to secure yourself a bonny lover is to just be yourself, but there’s nothing wrong getting a bit scientific and there are plenty of little tricks to, er, enhance your natural charm and charisma.
These consist of a little bit of biology, a little bit of psychology and an awful lot of taking advantage of quirks of your evolution. Although you now do things like drive cars and wear shoes, your brain is still a caveman at heart, and has evolved over millions of years to ensure you get laid.
You don’t have to use these to cynically trick people into a romantic encounter, studies show that being more attractive makes you more likely to succeed in work, friendships and life in general too. People are also more likely to assume that you are smart, kind and funny – they’re even more likely to do you favours and lend you money.