Weird Science

Today's Washington Post mentions a recent study by a pair of British researchers who found that shorter women are more likely to value having children than taller women and less likely to value their careers. (For more details, check out this October piece from The Scotsman) Question: Who comes up with these studies--and how on earth do people get funding for them? What exactly is the practical use for such findings? Should employers start weeding out all applicants under 5' 5" on the assumption they'll eventually abandon the fast track to make babies? Should men longing for multiple offspring dump their Amazonian girlfriends? In any case, my bet is that the folks at eHarmony are already scrambling to incorporate this information into their infamous compatibility profiles.