5 Fun & Healthy Facts About Love

A couple hugging each otherMany people would love to believe that crazy thing called love is all about fate, destiny and magic. But in fact, experts have proven that there’s some very strange science going on as well.

Here are five fun (and surprising) facts about love:

1. Birth control pills affect women’s hormone levels – and to whom they become attracted. In one study, researcher Tony Little showed women different images of men and asked them to make their picks. His results showed that the women taking birth control pills tended to choose men with more pronounced masculine features than those who weren’t on them. The downside here? These manly traits are linked to high testosterone levels, aggressive behavior, and even higher divorce rates than the average.

2. Women want to date men who smell like their fathers. In one study by geneticist Carole Ober, female subjects were asked to sniff shirts of various scents and then state their preferences ranked by smell. Over and over again, subjects chose the odors that closely matched those of their fathers.

3. If you need an ambitious man, you may want to look for someone whose hand features a long fourth finger. Here’s why: If your date’s ring finger is longer than his or her index finger, it’s an indication that this person was exposed to higher than average amounts of testosterone in the womb, says Dr. John T. Manning of Rutgers University in his book, Digit Ratio. This correlates to having a personality which tends to be logical, decisive and ambitious.