Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

How High Is Your QI; TRENDS Bad News Brad and Ange, from Alternative Models to Eccentric Actors the Days of Obviously Beautiful Are So over -- the Age of Quirky Interesting Has Now Dawned, Says Phoebe Luckhurst

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

How High Is Your QI; TRENDS Bad News Brad and Ange, from Alternative Models to Eccentric Actors the Days of Obviously Beautiful Are So over -- the Age of Quirky Interesting Has Now Dawned, Says Phoebe Luckhurst

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Byline: Phoebe Luckhursts

HERE'S a mind-bender for you. What do face-pulling supermodel Cara Delevingne, cut-glass accented actor Benedict Cumberbatch and award-winning author Zadie Smith have in common? Or how about It model Chloe Norgaard, New Girl star Zooey Deschanel, Oscar-winning new face of Dior Jennifer Lawrence and her ex-Skins actor boyfriend Nicholas Hoult? Bond's saucer-eyed scruff Ben Whishaw and Scottish thespian James McAvoy are in the club too -- while Helena Bonham Carter has been a member since she burst onto the scene in Fight Club, looking like a cross between a fairytale and a cat lady.

Still stumped? They're Quirky Interesting, of course.

I hate to break it to the Scarlett Johanssons and George Clooneys among you -- but the days of obviously attractive are over. One too many games of spot the difference between homogenous Hollywood starlets promoting identical rom-coms has driven us to the QI side. We want opinions. Daring projects and intelligent interviews. Eccentric style that on a lesser being would look charity shop cheap rather than chic. We want esoteric tweets. People you want to go to the pub with.

Indeed Loveflutter, a new dating site that launched last Friday, takes QI as its premise. It promises "online dating for interesting people only".

"Scientifically the more interesting you are the more likely you'll attract interest and also people will stay interested in you for longer. Psychologically, we pay more attention to things that stand out," says Dr Simon Moore, a chartered psychologist at the British Psychological Society, who devised Loveflutter's QI test with the site's founders, Daigo Jones and David Standen.

To devise the test Moore spoke to more than 100 single people about personality traits and found the only trait people listed as both desired for themselves and looked for in others was "being interesting".

So how would a mere mortal like, say, me, measure up? I logged on to find the online test comprises of 10 multiple choice questions on topics including music, television and film. If you score more than 65, then you're granted access; if not, you're officially tedious. …

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