Because of the pervasive belief that sperm is cheap and eggs are expensive – the idea that women grant sexual access only to those who offer the best “value” – they tend to focus on the most obvious aspects of what supposedly makes men attractive: looks and material wealth, with “status” following third.The problem is that they’re working on the wrong areas and a misunderstanding of just what makes somebody appealing to women. more often than not it’s not even in the top 5 of what makes a man attractive.It's one of hundreds of other eerily well-preserved cadavers recovered from bogs across Europe: ancient people from a dark and mysterious era, victims of unimaginable violence. This is a 4,000-year-old cold case: Ghosts of Murdered Kings, right now, on NOVA.
And yet there were a few people in my social circle who could – to put it charitably – punch well outside of their apparent weight class.
They were not classically handsome – in fact, many of them were fat and balding.
NOVA's ancient detective story opens a tantalizing window on the strange beliefs of Europe's long vanished prehistoric peoples.
From the depths of an Irish peat bog, emerges a mangled body from the distant past.
She has been nicknamed "The Lady of Tarim" and she is on display to throngs of museum visitors in the Chinese capital.
Apparently she was a princess or a priestess of some kind over 3,000 years ago, for she was buried in fine embroidered garments of wool and leather, along with beautiful jewelry, jars and ornaments of gold, silver, jade and onyx.The reigning Danish king, Frederick VI, was so impressed with the story that he arranged to have her buried in a royal coffin in a church in nearby Vejle, the ancient royal seat.Actually the queen was considerably older than thought, and probably somewhat less than royal.More than a hundred years after her discovery, during World War II, coal shortages made peat--which, after all, is simply very young coal--a valuable fuel source, and the people of northwestern Europe began tearing up their bogs.But as peat carvers cut huge blocks out of soggy, moss-covered coastal bogs, they frequently made the shocking discovery of bodies, obviously murdered, and so well preserved they looked as if they’d only recently died. Suddenly, bog bodies like that of Queen Gundhilde and a scattering of others found over the previous few centuries were no longer isolated oddities.Gundhilde, according to the tale, was on her way to marry the Danish king Harald Bluetooth when she was waylaid and drowned.