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Who do you trust?

Well obviously not your fertile friends if you’re a woman!

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businesslady_shrugging_500_wht_14231Hairdressers (or stylist if you pay more) are now more trusted than priests, charity bosses, NHS managers, and bankers.

Well that’s not saying a lot given the recent scandals and mismanagement we’ve been hearing about – and suffered from in some cases.

The clergy were the most trusted a generation ago but how they have fallen from grace. They are now considered to be more likely to lie than scientists, doctors, teachers, and judges.

This is according to the Veracity Index (part of Ipsos Mori) which has been measuring levels of public trust since 1983.

Now over 2/3 of people trust their hairdresser to tell the truth; women slightly more than men. Are people deluded? Of course the new colour is right for you, and let’s take a bit more of there. Really? And of course you’ll need some new products to maintain that salon-fresh look.

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Blondes are cleverer but they lie more

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IMGP9497.JPGA study has found that the “dumb blonde” stereotype is unfair. American women with blonde hair seem to be more intelligent than women with other hair colours.

An economist studied 11,000 Americans, male and female, who had completed IQ tests.

The average IQ of a blonde white woman was 103.2 compared to 100.5 for a black-haired woman. 4.3% of blonde women had IQs over 125 compared to just 0.2% of black-haired women.

So why are blondes cleverer?

The answer may be simple – they lied about their hair colour. It turned out there were significantly more blonde females than males and yet hair colour is not linked to gender.

Jay Zagorsky at Ohio University who carried out the study thinks 1 in 6 blonde women were lying about their natural hair colour.

Blondes do benefit from their hair colour: blonde female fundraisers collect more money, blonde waitresses get…

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