Researchers to study why baby got back.


Please tell me this is a joke.

One of the greatest female sartorial dilemmas – ‘does my bum look big in this?’ – is to be answered by a team of researchers.
Experts are launching what is thought to be the world’s first scientific study into how clothing can affect the appearance of the female rear.
The team from Heriot Watt University’s School of Textiles and Design in Scotland believes the study could have major implications for retailers.
Female volunteers wearing hundreds of different types of clothing will have their rears photographed for the study.

I mean, I get that they’re design folks but don’t they have anything better to study? Ew.
Weird thing: While doing a Google search for the infamous Sir Mix-A-Lot song, I found this gem of a Christian spoof: Baby got Book. (Oh my goodness, Becky, look at her Bible…It is so big. She looks like one of those preacher guys girlfriends…)

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6 Comments

  1. Posted December 28, 2005 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    What they really need to be working on are wrinkle-free dress pants and shirts for women like those made for men. I don’t mean make the styles look like men’s clothes, I just mean make them low-maintenance like the men’s clothes.
    I really hate that my fiance has to slave away ironing my clothes. It makes me feel guilty.

  2. Posted December 28, 2005 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    While we’re on the subject of Sir Mix-a-Lot, it’s probably worth taking a listen to the latest cover of Baby Got Back: http://www.jonathancoulton.com/.

  3. Posted December 28, 2005 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    What they need to work on is pants that will actually accomodate those of us who are blessed with a little junk in the trunk.

  4. RowanCrisp
    Posted December 28, 2005 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    I don’t have huge hips, nor small, but I agree, Marie – I shouldn’t have to hunt in the plus size section solely for a skirt that’ll fit me.
    I’m a size above Marilyn Monroe. That isn’t “plus size” – in this society, that’s a damned medium now.
    (I’m still pissy from clothes shopping with the husband. Don’t mind me.)

  5. moon_custafer
    Posted January 3, 2006 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    From my years of observation: Pants with pleats make the waist look smaller and the hips wider. Thus they are flattering to most men but not most women. If they can just take even that one lesson to the designers, the world will be a more stylin’ place.

  6. Mery Djane
    Posted November 11, 2009 at 2:34 am | Permalink

    New Tech
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    Concurrently with the selection of competition venues the Technical Department had to arrange adequate training facilities. Unfortunately, with few exceptions the competition sites were not available for any time prior to the Games, and could not be used for training.
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