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Size matters… when it comes to a man's index finger

It seems like every few years scientists come up with some new way to get us all talking about penis size again — and to freak out men, convincing them that women will be able to guess at their penis size just by looking at their hands. The latest research comes out of Korea, where urologists claim to have found a connection between the ratio of the length of a man’s index finger to that of his ring finger, and the length of… you guessed it, his penis. The lower the ratio between the two fingers, the longer the penis, goes their theory. (But only on the right hand — apparently the left hand varies too much to be a reliable indicator.)

In case you’re wondering how they figured this out: The Korean researchers took 144 men who were undergoing urological surgery (unrelated to penis length) and measured their fingers. Then, after the men had been anesthetized, they measured their penises, both flaccid and stretched — claiming that a “stretched” penis (yowza) corresponds to erect length. They didn’t just randomly decide to measure the fingers, however: Many previous studies have found that the ratio of those finger lengths corresponds to prenatal exposure to sex hormones, both testosterone and estrogen. So the results do kind of make sense.

But guys, before you start wearing finger prosthetics on blind dates, remember this: length, shmength. Girth, women report, matters so much more. As does chemistry, good manners, excellent oral skills, a kind heart and a sense of humor. Also, in case your Mama never warned you: Don’t ever let a strange man in a white lab coat stretch out your penis “for research purposes,” okay? We’re just looking out for you.

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