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On a scale from 1 to 10, how hot is …?

04.18.2010 · Posted in Thoughts

[Note: This post may sound shallow.  I'm not trying to be shallow.  Just trying to clear up an ongoing debate.]

It’s a question that sounds like it should be easy.  On a scale from 1 to 10, how hot is [insert name here]?  Well, if you play this game long enough, you’re bound to run into an issue.  If A is an 8, and B is an 8, who’s hotter of the two?  The two are dramatically different in appearance, but there is no clear way to decide who is really hotter.

That is because sometimes A isn’t so much “hot”, as she is “cute”.  It’s because some people like ‘em “hot”, some like ‘em “cute”, and some like ‘em somewhere in between.  The simple 1 to 10 hotness scale is outdated.  With so much diversity out there, and so many pretty faces for so many different reasons, the scale needs a reworking.  May I present, the Y-shaped attractiveness scale.

This new attractiveness scale solves the problem of ranking within a rank by adding another dimension to the ranking process.  When two people share a rank up and down, they likely differ in rank from left to right.  A might be an 8H (an 8 on the hot side), while B is more of an 8C (an 8 on the cute side).

My wife sometimes sets me up, asking me if I find one of her friends attractive.  I usually answer honestly, admitting that they are attractive, but no match to her.  She never believes it, but it is true.  Personally, I like my girls tending towards the cute side of the scale.  Yes, she may be hot, but I’ll take my cute wife any day.

I’ll try to make the scale more clear with an example.  Here are three celebrities that are seen as attractive today.

Megan Fox tends towards the hot side of the scale.

Isla Fisher tends towards the cute side of the scale.

Jessica Alba falls somewhere in between.

College Humor has it figured out with the Cutest College Girl, and the Hottest College Girl rankings.  Try it yourself.  You’ll find more people can agree on the same ranking when there is some range within the ranking.

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