Dumb blonde and beefcake stereotypes turned on their (pretty) heads.
It seems life may be a case of the smart, the beautiful and the damned.
A London School of Economics (LSE) study says beautiful people are also more intelligent, implying the rest of us Morlocks are doomed.
The new LSE study has found that intelligence correlated strongly with physical attractiveness, with the IQs of the pretty up almost 14 points above average.
“Physical attractiveness is significantly positively associated with general intelligence, both with and without controls for social class, body size and health,” lead researcher Dr Satoshi Kanazawa wrote in the journal Intelligence.
“The association between attractiveness and general intelligence is also stronger among men than among women,” the study also claims.
The research came as part of an analysis of the National Child Development Study, which has regularly tested 17,419 people since their births in 1958. US findings were included from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, a similar study of around 35,000 subjects.
The study’s authors were quick to note their findings were “purely scientific” people should not be treated differently according to the findings.
Of course, NewsWhip readers already all know about being both smart and beautiful, right?
On a, frankly, bizarre note, those with long memories will remember a Daily Mail story from 2007, saying the “human race will one day split into two separate species, an attractive, intelligent ruling elite and an underclass of dim-witted, ugly goblin-like creatures.” We kid you not.[Image: Degree couple, ThinkStock; the beautiful Madeline Mulqueen, in the Rubberbandits’ Horse Outside video]