Or why balding, bearded author Salman Rushdie - no Adonis in anyone's book - managed to beguile the stunning model Padma Lakshmi.

Lead researcher Dr Rob Brooks said: 'Ugly individuals can sometimes do better than good-looking ones.' His conclusion is based on animal studies.

Having a hotter wife is also the reason husbands are more attentive and motivated to make their marriage work.

Men who are hotter than their wives, however, are more likely to take them for granted.

As the Stone Roses so eloquently put it, “I wanna be adored!

There are numerous psychological answers behind the quandary that perplexes insecure passersby and jealous men staring at these couples across the crosswalk. Unfortunately for the illiterate, the answer lies with the illustrious Jack Kerouac, who once wrote, “The world would never find peace until men fell at their women's feet and asked for forgiveness.” You know what? After years of broken hearts and deceit by the hot men we so yearned after, women are really just looking for someone to show a little worship, a little praise.

And here I have to admit that I am undoubtedly judging their books by their covers, but I have yet to find the exception to the rule. But I find that women are much more inclined to date with their emotions - to pick a man that is funny, comforting, kind, and generous - and they'll often pick one or all of those traits over his looks.

To explain: These high-school hotties are used to having the sort of unadulterated, fawning adoration that the symmetrically blessed always get in high-school, but the problem is that it doesn't do them any good. I also have a little (and relatively untested) theory. A study reported in Daily News revealed that women who marry uglier men have happier marriages than ones who marry attractive men. Men are more concerned with the appearance of their mate, ensuring they will have good genes to pass on to their children.Women, on the other hand, are less obsessed with the genetic makeup of their children and are looking for stability in a man, not just strong genes.In a similar study reported in the Journal of Family Psychology, 82 newlyweds were evaluated, and the couples with a wife more attractive than her husband were more content than those couples with equal attractiveness.If the face you see in the mirror each morning makes you wince, take heart.First it was the Hefnerian Corollary, which calculated the net worth of "Sugar Daddy"-esque millionaires as proportional to the age of their young wives.