302. Pace

Researchers at Pacific University … discovered that men tend to slow down their pace by an average of 7 percent when walking with female partners of the romantic variety.

Women walking together moved even more slowly than they do with their male partners. Researchers in the same study suggested that this might signal the intimacy of female friendships. Meanwhile, men walking with male friends moved at speeds faster than either individual’s preferred walking speed.

So, ladies, next time you want to know if a guy likes you, count out his steps aloud. Watch them quicken, you weirdo.

In another life, I think I could’ve made a go at being a sociologist. I love this kind of stuff. The practical uses for knowledge about subconscious human interaction seems exploitative and crass, all serial daters and salesmen. But it’s also a good reminder that we’re all sophisticated and chemically balanced animals.