Monday, January 9, 2006

Website Helps People Learn What’s Too Cute For Words

SAN FRANCISCO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Some things may be just too cute for words, but they’re just perfect for a website dedicated to defining cuteness.

It’s called, and website developer Meg Frost is making it her personal goal to define the difference between something that is “cute” and something that is “cutesy.”

For instance, Frost says a picture of a cat taking a bath against its will is automatically cute, but a photo of a dog in an elaborate costume is “too goofy, too contrived” to qualify.

She also offers rules on judging cuteness, and says big eyes, floppy arms and helplessness are good indicators.

Frost expected the site to be popular with college-age girls but has been surprised at how many male computer geeks are just as obsessed with cuteness.

Still, she figures that’s because the site “allows people who can’t be associated with cute things to realize that something that’s cute doesn’t have to be bad.”

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