While the Covid pandemic has brought with it nothing but misery and uncertainty, there is apparently one positive; face masks make people more attractive.
Researchers at Cardiff University have found that both men and women were judged to look better when the lower half of their faces were obscured by a face mask.
And even more surprisingly, the study found that blue disposable face masks were deemed as more attractive than patterned cloth masks.
Dr. Michael Lewis, a reader from Cardiff University’s school of psychology and an expert in faces, explained that research carried out before the pandemic had found that medical face masks reduced attractiveness because they were associated with ‘disease or illness’.
So when masks became common place during the pandemic, Dr. Lewis and his team wanted to see if the perception on face coverings had changed.
The first half of the study was carried out in February 2021, by which time the British public had become used to wearing masks in public settings.
There, forty-three women were asked to rate on a scale of one to ten the attractiveness of images of male faces without a mask, wearing a plain cloth mask, a blue medical face mask, and holding a plain black book covering the area a face mask would hide.
The participants said those wearing a cloth mask were significantly more attractive than the ones with no masks or whose faces were partly obscured by the book. But the blue disposable mask made the wearer look even better.
Dr. Lewis told The Guardian: “We wanted to test whether this had changed since face coverings became ubiquitous and understand whether the type of mask had any effect.
“Our study suggests faces are considered most attractive when covered by medical face masks. This may be because we’re used to healthcare workers wearing blue masks and now we associate these with people in caring or medical professions.
“At a time when we feel vulnerable, we may find the wearing of medical masks reassuring and so feel more positive towards the wearer.”
He added: “The pandemic has changed our psychology in how we perceive the wearers of masks. When we see someone wearing a mask we no longer think ‘that person has a disease, I need to stay away'”.
Professional golfer praised for her response to man telling her how to swing
‘That was a bit awkward, not going to lie’
A professional golfer has been praised for her response to a man who’s ‘played for 20 years’ advising her on how to swing a club.
Georgia Ball is a golf pro with the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA). She coaches golf and regularly creates videos for TikTok to share her top tips with her followers.
In one recent clip where Georgia was practising a new style of swing, a random man interrupts her to tell her not to swing the way that she is, advising her on how she should be swinging instead.
The stranger, who can not be seen in the shot, says: “Excuse me, what you are doing there, you should not being doing that.
“You should be right through your swing and follow through. You are too slow on the way up and then back.”
Georgia politely tries to explain why she is doing what she is doing as the man appears not to pay attention to what she is saying, and goes on to interrupt her again to tell her he has ‘been playing golf for 20 years’.
Georgia smiles at the man and gives the camera a look of disbelief before she lines up the golf ball and takes another shot, sending the ball sailing through the air and right down the centre of the driving range.
The guy then tells her: “See how much better that was?” Georgia laughs it off and tells him that she had been deliberately slowing down her swing to try out a new style, as professional golfers do.
To which, the man replies: “Keep doing that anyway, OK?”
Georgia posted the clip – which has since gone viral raking in 11.7 million views – to her TikTok page @georgiagolfcoach along with the caption: “Can you believe he said this?”
The video caption then says: “Wait for it…” before we watch the cringeworthy moment unravel.
Commenting on the clip, one person said: “I’ve been driving for 25 years but I’m not about to give Lewis Hamilton some pointers.”
Another put: “The way you had to repeat yourself 3 times and he cut you off every time.” Georgia then commented on the post herself saying: “That was a bit awkward, not going to lie.”
Someone else chimed in: “*implements nothing he says* ‘See how much better that was’ HAHAHHAHA.” And Georgia replied: “This is why I couldn’t help but laugh. I was lost for words!”
And another person added: “My hope is that he comes across this video and it keeps him up at night.”
Many people have praised Georgia for managing to remain polite and showing ‘remarkable levels of class and restraint’.
One follower typed: “You were much more gracious than I would have been.” And another said: “The way you reacted so calm and polite! I’d be fuming!”
TV presenter Dan Walker also praised Georgia, as he commented: “Georgia showed remarkable levels of class and restraint here. I hope the fella involved gives a full apology and goes to her for a lesson.”
Jelly Babies crowned UK’s favourite sweet as top ten revealed
What’s you favourite sweet?
Jelly Babies have been crowned the nation’s favourite sweet, according to a new survey.
The cute little retro tots beat the likes of Wine Gums, Drumstick lollies, Love Hearts and Cola Bottles to the top spot.
The survey, conducted by research agency, Perspectus Global found that the sugary delights, made with a firm shell and soft centre and invented 160 years ago, still proved they were going strong even against new competition.
Firm favourites in the hearts of the nation, Jelly Babies were closely followed by Fruit Pastilles in second place with 62% of the vote, and Wine Gums in third with 60%.
Jelly Babies were first manufactured in Lancashire in the nineteenth century. But their popularity began to wane before being revived by Bassett’s, in Yorkshire.
Bassett’s began mass-producing the sweets as ‘Peace Babies’ in 1918 but then later reverted back to calling them Jelly Babies, as we all know and love them today.
Other popular choices included Cola Bottles, creamy Werther’s Originals, rainbow coloured Skittles and mouthwateringly fruity Starburst.
But surprisingly, oldies but goldies including Black Jacks, Drumstick Lollies as well as its modern-day partner the Drumstick Squashie, didn’t perform quite as well as some might expect.
The tongue colour-changing Black Jacks came in at 21 with 52%, and Drumstick Lollies and Squashies got 51% of the vote.
And the inter-galactic retro Flying Saucers, crash landed at 29 on the list with 49% of the vote.
But the survey also revealed that not only do Brits love a sugary, fruity and tangy sweet, they also love a minty one too as Polos, Tic Tacs and Mentos all made it on the list as fan favourites.
Of the 2,000 polled, 78% said there was something magical about enjoying your favourite childhood sweets, 77% admitted they would rather have sweets for dessert than a pudding and 70% prefer sweets over chocolate.
On average, Brits chomp through around 19 sweets a week – which is not great news for our teeth.
The UK’s 30 favourite sweets, according to the survey, are as follows:
- Jelly Babies 65%
- Fruit Pastilles 62%
- Wine Gums 60%
- Cola Bottles 59%
- Werther’s Originals 59%
- Skittles 58%
- Starburst 57%
- Liquorice Allsorts 57%
- Tangfastics 57%
- Rhubarb and custards 56%
- Jelly Tots 56%
- Fruit Gums 55%
- Love Hearts 54%
- Dolly Mix 53%
- Lemon Sherberts 53%
- Pear Drops 53%
- Turkish Delight 52%
- Maoam Stripes 52%
- Kola cubes 52%
- Daim bars (formerly Dime) 52%
- Black Jacks 52%
- Toffee Bonbons 52%
- Tunnocks Snowballs 51%
- Drumstick Squashies 51%
- Drumstick Lollies 51%
- Polos 50%
- Fruit-tella 50%
- Tic Tacs 50%
- Flying saucers 49%
- Mentos 45%
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Woman finds Easter eggs for just 75p in Morrisons and does trolley dash
A woman took to social media to show off her Easter egg shop after hearing Morrisons had slashed them down to 75p.
If you need to stock up on Easter eggs for the upcoming holiday, or you’ve just got a sweet tooth and love a good bargain, you’ll be pleased to hear Morrisons are selling some of the chocolate goodies for a reduced price of 75p.
One woman heard the news and had to go and check it out for herself, sharing her chocolate egg haul in a video clip on TikTok.
Savvy shopper and chocolate lover Tammy made sure to fill her trolley with a selection of the Cadbury and Nestle eggs currently on offer at Morrisons.
The retail giant has slashed its 96g – 126g Easter eggs down by half price from £1.50 to 75p.
However, there’s just one catch: to get this price, customers will need to scan their Morrisons More Card. Customers without a More Card will still have to pay the full price of £1.50.
However, shoppers will have to act quick to bag this bargain as these deals usually only last a week.
Tammy’s TikTok clip shows her POV as she pushes her shopping trolley filled with 20 of the Easter eggs costing her a total of £15 – not bad. At full price this shop would have cost her £30, saving her a cool £15.
With surely enough in her cart to sort the whole family and have a few left over to treat herself to while watching a Netflix series, it’s no wonder the TikToker was so pleased with herself as she typed in the caption: “When you hear these eggs are down to 75p.”
The clip, posted just days ago, has already gained almost 10,000 views and over 1,000 likes, though viewers have been left divided over the haul. Some have been tagging their friends and family to hurry and make the most of the deal while others have called it ‘selfish’ – but Tammy clapped back at the commenter, saying: “chill out”.
Meanwhile, someone else said: “Literally picked 2 of all flavours for my children.” And another asked: “Is there a limit? My daughter’s birthday party is the day before Easter so I was going to bulk buy them to give to all the kids.”
Responding, one shopper typed: “I wasn’t told there was a limit so it was worth a try. I just went to a self-checkout.”
While Tammy replied with: “Yes it says two of each only. I was over the ‘limit’ but no one questioned it.”