Material girls and boys

Some mathematicians at University College London claim to have found the secret to a girl’s heart. (That alone should give you pause). According to their extensive game theory simulations, men should offer women expensive gifts that have no lasting value. Things like fancy dinners or a night on the town, which the women cannot resell or use later.

The idea – now follow closely – is a woman cannot spend the gift in the company of another man. And some gold-digger who was only interested in extracting gifts from our poor Romeo would not be willing to spend much time with him just for a good meal.

Well, I don’t know. Maybe it depends on what else is on TV that night. Apparently one of the researchers came up with this theory after hearing about some poor sap who was paying the rent of a woman he considered his girlfriend. And she was callously accepting his gift, while carrying on with another guy.

So which is more pathetic? The fellow being duped, or the mathematicians who base their research on him?

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