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Gaydar Is Real

So say scientists:

“We conducted experiments in which participants viewed facial photographs of men and women and then categorized each face as gay or straight… Participants demonstrated an ability to identify sexual orientation: overall, gaydar judgments were about 60 percent accurate.
Since chance guessing would yield 50 percent accuracy, 60 percent might not seem impressive. But the effect is statistically significant — several times above the margin of error.”
The number jumps to 78% outside Liza Minnelli concerts. But the real importance of the study is that it led to this wonderful illustration for the story:
A grainy photo of the Loch Ness Monster in the loch with a rainbow-colored scarf flying from its neck
Gaydar, sonar… it’s all a mystery.

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