The Weight of the World, Fixers vs. Kissers, Etc. takes

If you want women to gaze at you, pretend you’re a mirror. A national survey by Self finds 28 percent of women look at a mirror six or more times per day. They may not care for what they see. Just 9 percent of respondents said they like everything about their bodies. Adopting a less-strict standard, 42 percent are “satisfied” with their bodies. The 67 percent who “hardly ever” weigh themselves are spared the distress of the 20 percent who say “it ruins my day” when they step on the scale and get unflattering news. Whether climbing onto a scale or not, 25 percent think about their weight five times or more per day.

Unfortunately, women don’t wait for adulthood to start obsessing about weight. A poll by LightspeedResearch.com and The Geppetto Group found 18 percent of teenage girls “constantly worry” about it. The good news: 49 percent have started exercising. The bad news: 22 percent have gone on a crash diet, and 14 percent have taken diet pills.

This week’s honors for Best Use of a Creature Who May or May Not Exist go to an ad for the Oregon Film & Video Office. The ad’s target audience of Hollywood big shots will feel an immediate rapport with the roving bigfoot in the photo. Robley Marketing of Portland created the piece.

Done something cultural today? The answer depends on how one defines the term. In a survey for Smithsonian, nearly nine adults in 10 said a visit to a science or art museum counts as a cultural activity. Fewer said going to an opera qualifies (76 percent). Seeing a foreign film was a bit more likely than seeing a Hollywood movie to count (66 percent vs. 61 percent). Farther down the hierarchy, a Star Trek convention was rated cultural by fewer respondents than a NASCAR race (25 percent vs. 34 percent). And 21 percent of respondents accorded cultural-activity status to “wearing the latest trends in tattoos or body piercing.”

Some comforts of home are more comforting than others, depending on one’s age. In a poll by Ikea, a plurality of 18-34-year-olds said their bed is the piece of home furniture that comforts them most. Among people age 55 and older, the kitchen table was the top choice. Among other household items, the most comforting were photos of family and friends, candles and “cozy” blankets.

Better a Mr. Goodwrench than a Fred Astaire. A poll by Stuff magazine asked women age 18-34 to say which skill they’d want their man to have if they could choose just one of the following: fixing things, kissing, cooking or dancing. Fixing things was the winner (picked by 42 percent), with kissing as runner-up (34 percent). Cooking lagged far behind (16 percent), while dancing didn’t even score in double digits (8 percent). Regardless of his skills, where does the typical young woman expect to meet the better-than-typical young man? Half of the respondents said they think they’ll meet Mr. Right at work or school; 29 percent think it’ll happen at a party; and 16 percent expect to find him at a church/civic activity. Just 5 percent said they think they’ll meet their ideal man at a bar.

There’s no rib like a braised short rib. Defying the madness of the cows, Bon Appétit’s 2001 retrospective named braised short ribs Dish of the Year. Cheese courses were cited as Restaurant Trend of the Year, scallops as Ingredient of the Year and poached eggs as Breakfast Trend of the Year.