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(ABC 27)   In today's dealing of scientists with nothing better to do, research shows guppies hang with their ugly friends to make themselves look better when finding a mate   ( divider line
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2013-02-13 12:23:56 PM  
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This is, in fact, how female human beings of a certain, shall we say,  girth, ensure their own survival. Much like a crocodile will tolerate in its mouth the presence of small birds because those birds actually consume the parasites that infest the crocodile's teeth-- birds who, in reality, should be little more than tasty little snack morsels for that crocodile -- women of a certain girth will actively seek to attach themselves to thinner, more sexually attractive women (by this, of course, I mean more sexually attractive to men...only men care about such shallow concerns as a woman's girth. Pigs, the lot of them.). Normally, these thinner women would be the natural enemy of their girthier counterparts and would choose to address them, if at all, with only derision and scorn. In this specific case, though, when paired together in natural gathering spots such as bars or clubs, the thin beauty's natural, conditioned response to her uglier counterpart is forestalled by a much more compelling need, a desire to enter into what is essentially a symbiotic relationship that, like any symbiosis, benefits both partners. The thin woman, in the eyes of the drooling, pig-brained he-beasts slavering for her attention, is elevated even further in status than otherwise might be the case because of her proximity (and favorable comparison) to the Jovian moon in her orbit. The girthy woman, on the other hand, is granted a certain  cachet because of her proximity to such beauty. Over the course of an evening, the males who are seeking an audience with their primary objective, the thin woman, must first negotiate with (and around) her leviathan shadow. It becomes a test, in fact, a challenge to her prospective mates: "To woo me, you must first prove that you can interest my friend." And the challenge, of course, comes with an implicit threat: "If you succeed in getting past her and then fail to interest me, I shall toss you back to her as a scrap. And she will eat you. I mean, look at her." Eventually, toward the end of the evening, one alpha male will successfully attain his target. But her partner will have feasted very well in the meantime, and so spins on the world.
2013-02-13 01:31:40 PM  
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What scientists had time/funding to define what makes a guppy ugly?
2013-02-13 01:14:20 PM  
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And remember, if you don't have an ugly friend, you are the ugly friend.
2013-02-13 12:49:01 PM  
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If you want to look like a winner, surround yourself with losers - jack Freeman
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