I *finally* managed to get She Who Must Be Obeyed to accept something was her fault and bring a smile to her lips ... Torygraph Link 'Just five minutes alone with an attractive female raise the levels of cortisol, the body's stress hormone, according to a study' 'The effects are heightened in men who believe that the woman in question is "out of their league".' 'Cortisol can have a positive effect in small doses, improving alertness and well-being. However, chronically elevated cortisol levels can worsen medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension' Eeek! I thought it was all the pies! ' and impotency.' Excess cortisol doesn't have that effect on everybody :smug: 'This study showed that male cortisol levels increased after exposure to a five-minute short social contact with a young, attractive woman.' My comment of "and this was after just 5 *minutes* ... I've lived with you for ten whole *years*; no wonder I'm such a wreck" went down well, however.