Curlicues are Aesthetically Pleasing

Last night a bunch of us gathered at Virginia and Martha’s house for ChipperDemon‘s double CD release and the consumption of some tasty enchiladas.  While sitting, chatting and listening to some tunes I made note of how a simple thick piece of wire, bent as a coaster holder, was made aesthetically pleasing to look at just by the addition of two curlicues on the wire ends.  As I have thought about this I have further come to the conclusion that curlicues in generally possess an aesthetic quality to them that most people likely find enjoyable, or, in the very least, visually interesting.  I wonder why?  I have no definite answer but I will hazard a possible reason.  I think it may have something to do with the golden ratio (approximately 1.6180339887) and the proximity to a golden spiral.   The closer that a curlicue is to a true golden spiral the more appeasing it is to the eye (the same reason why faces that have golden ratio dimensions tend to be rated as more beautiful).  I don’t know that this explains it all, especially seeing as not all curlicues necessarily have close golden ratio dimensions, but I think it is a stepping off point.

anyways, point is, people like looking at curlicues.

Also, as Bear and I discussed, men like looking at Jessica Simpson and her curlicues, if you know what I mean . . .


round and round and round and . . .

what a hottie

~ by Nathaniel on June 26, 2008.

6 Responses to “Curlicues are Aesthetically Pleasing”

  1. . . . obviously I mean her long golden locks of hair. What did you think I was talking about?

  2. Seems like curls are quite popular in design these days. The repeating curves tend to draw people in (I guess kind of like how they’re used to portray hypnosis).

    And yes, Jessica Simpson has great hair 🙂

  3. I first read that as “Cubicles are Aesthetically Pleasing.” Spirals have been a central theme in Celtic artwork since, well, forever. “It has symbolized the concept of growth, expansion, and cosmic energy, depending on the culture in which it is used. To the ancient inhabitants of Ireland, the spiral was used to represent their sun.”

    That last part is strange wording, because I would argue that their sun is also our sun, but whatever.

  4. Jessica Simpson is vapid and insufferable vortex of stupid. The only spirals she has are from the gravity of dumbening that causes your brains to spiral into her chest. Wait, ‘dumbening’ isn’t a word.

  5. While one would like to assume that the ancient Irish shared the same sun we presently see in our skies, the actual fact is that they were such an egotistical people that they demanded their own sun and had one. It was a big glowing spiral.

  6. Those quirky Irishmen with their funny wit.

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