TOKYO - When a man thinks his partner is cheating on him, chances are fifty-fifty that he's right.
But if a woman suspects her nearest and dearest of being unfaithful, she's correct a whopping 85 per cent of the time.
Special intuition? No, simply numbers - as compiled in "Love by Numbers," a wide-ranging and sometimes wacky look at the figures and trends behind how and who people love, drawn up by Australian statistician John Croucher as a tongue-in-cheek way, so to speak, of making sense out of romance and sex.
"Ask men what makes their blood run cold when your partner says it to you and number one in all the surveys I've seen is,'We have to talk.'
Men don't want to talk and if she does she's either going to leave him, found somebody else or found something out about him," said Croucher, a professor at Macquarie University, as an example.
"The second one was 'Who was that woman I saw you talking to?'
I think for women it was 'What's for dinner?'"
Among the many tidbits in Croucher's book, the result of years of research plus a study of people's behaviour in speed dating, are things as disparate as the fact that 68 per cent of men think a woman's invitation to have coffee is really an invitation to have sex, or that 11 per cent of respondents in the United States have ended a relationship because of a cat.
Given that some 60 to 90 per cent of physical communication between humans is due to unspoken signals, a sizeable chunk of the book is devoted to how to translate that body language in the most useful way.
Guys, want to look attractive to women?
Wear a red shirt and chat up another woman - or better yet, two women.
But if you're a woman, men find you more appealing if you're alone.
A woman who flips her hair or crosses her legs is trying to get a man's attention, as is one who strokes a rounded object like her drinks glass.
But if she puts her purse behind her this is not a good sign - the bag is an extension of herself, and she's hiding.
Though Croucher acknowledges that some of the answers, particularly those dealing with sexual partners, are subject to some adjustment, many are a useful guide to how humans think.
"It just tells us about human nature, I suppose... It's like asking a man how tall he is, he'll add on 2 to 3 cm - but if you ask a woman her weight she'll take off 3 kg," he said.
"It's a fun thing but it's also a serious thing because you can actually look at the way the rest of the world behaves and their attitudes and human nature and relationships."
One of his personal favourites? The question about whether people would marry their current partner if they knew then what they know now - which in some cases yields negative replies from up to 70 per cent of women.
"They ask people do you still believe in love at first sight and do you think you married your soulmate, and only 39 per cent of people think they've married their soulmate," he said.
"Twenty-one per cent thought they'd married their soulmate but turned out to be wrong, and 32 per cent were sure that they didn't. So fewer than 2 in 5 married their soulmate."
Oh, and to answer another one of a relationship's more treacherous questions: 52 per cent of men say they would lie if asked by their partner, "Does my bum look big in this?"
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Subject: World-wide Engrish
Wonderful English from
Around the World
In a Bangkok Temple:
IT IS FORBIDDEN TO ENTER A WOMAN, EVEN A FOREIGNER, IF DRESSED AS A
Cocktail lounge, Norway: LADIES ARE REQUESTED NOT
TO HAVE CHILDREN IN THE BAR.
Rome: SPECIALIST IN WOMEN AND OTHER DISEASES.
Dry cleaners, Bangkok: DROP YOUR TROUSERS HERE FOR
THE BEST RESULTS.
In a Nairobi restaurant:
CUSTOMERS WHO FIND OUR WAITRESSES RUDE, OUGHT TO SEE THE MANAGER.
On the main road to Mombasa, leaving Nairobi: TAKE
NOTICE: WHEN THIS SIGN IS UNDER WATER, THIS ROAD IS IMPASSABLE.
On a poster at Kencom: ARE YOU AN ADULT THAT CANNOT
READ? IF SO WE CAN HELP.
In a City restaurant:
OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK AND WEEKENDS.
Cemetery: PERSONS ARE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING FLOWERS, FROM
ANY BUT THEIR OWN GRAVES.
Tokyo hotel's rules and
regulations: GUESTS ARE REQUESTED NOT TO SMOKE, OR DO OTHER
DISGUSTING BEHAVIOURS IN BED.
On the menu of a
Swiss Restaurant: OUR WINES LEAVE YOU NOTHING TO HOPE
In a Tokyo Bar: SPECIAL COCKTAILS FOR
THE LADIES WITH NUTS.
Hotel, Yugoslavia: THE
FLATTENING OF UNDERWEAR WITH PLEASURE, IS THE JOB OF THE CHAMBERMAID.
Hotel, Japan: YOU ARE INVITED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE
In the lobby of a Moscow Hotel, across from a
Russian Orthodox Monastery: YOU ARE WELCOME TO VISIT THE CEMETERY, WHERE
FAMOUS RUSSIAN AND SOVIET COMPOSERS, ARTISTS AND WRITERS ARE BURIED DAILY,
A sign posted in Germany's Black Forest:
IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN ON OUR BLACK FOREST CAMPING SITE, THAT PEOPLE
OF DIFFERENT SEX, FOR INSTANCE, MEN AND WOMEN, LIVE TOGETHER IN ONE TENT, UNLESS
THEY ARE MARRIED WITH EACH OTHER FOR THIS PURPOSE.
BECAUSE OF THE IMPROPRIETY OF ENTERTAINING GUESTS OF THE OPPOSITE SEX IN
THE BEDROOM, IT IS SUGGESTED THAT THE LOBBY BE USED FOR THIS PURPOSE.
Advertisement for donkey rides, Thailand: WOULD
YOU LIKE TO RIDE ON YOUR OWN ASS?
Airline ticket office,
Copenhagen: WE TAKE YOUR BAGS AND SEND THEM IN ALL DIRECTIONS. (Just
Like British Airways!!!)
A Laundry in Rome: LADIES,
LEAVE YOUR CLOTHES HERE AND THEN SPEND THE AFTERNOON HAVING A GOOD TIME.
And finally the all time
classic: Seen in an Abu Dhabi Souk shop window: IF THE FRONT IS
CLOSED, PLEASE ENTER THROUGH MY BACKSIDE