Makes sense. If you live in a region where food is scarce, your best bet for healthy offspring is with a mate who has her own personal surplus. This might also explain why, as U.S. waistlines expand, so does the cultural appetite for thin women. Where food is abundant, obesity is a greater health risk than starvation.

Researchers are calling it “the Brolin effect.”

Good news for Mother Sheehan’s love life, too, I’d think. She’s got every kook in Kookville fasting while she’s off sneaking carbs.

I don’t want to draw rolled eyes. But think about it.

Hot nights in the tent city!

Speaking of which, the annual “Miss Cicciona” pageant was held this past weekend. The website’s in Italian, but I think you’ll get the gist.

Here’s a photo from the festivities. I myself am famished at the moment. And yet.

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More gender fun: Male online gamers are playing as females because it’s easier to get free stuff that way:

Gamers, both male and female, say female avatars confirm what they already knew: Being a pretty girl has its perks. Female avatars are often the center of attention and showered with gifts such as swords or armor by other characters.

They also, however, get unsolicited and sometimes condescending game play advice from the thousands of mostly male players who populate the MMO universe.

There must be a thousand possible one-liners that would work here, but at 4:30 on Friday afternoon, you’re on your own.