Scientists have discovered the secret behind Mona Lisa’s enigmatic smile. They say it has to do with which cells in the eye’s retina pick up the image. Depending on the light, the distance, the angle, etc., sometimes these cells communicate first to the brain, sometimes it’s others. Sometimes we see the smile, sometimes we don’t. I picked this up from the Telegraph. The first “related article” it lists along with the Mona Lisa piece is “Secrets of Flirting Revealed.”
The secret to flirting, at least in the laboratory, appears to be directness. Mysterious glances don’t get it. According to the scientists, the successful flirt just says, “I like you.” This is why scientists are called nerds. It’s Leonardo’s intentions — and the secret intentions of his Mona Lisa — that can drive one wild. Nat King Cole gets it right.