The Brits are not really known for their good looks. The stereotypical male Brit is considered to have bad teeth and a massive beer belly. However, this might not just be a stereotype. An online dating website has released information that sort of confirms it. is the dating website which has caused controversy precisely because it’s only for the beautiful. Prospective users register their interest, then sit tight for 48 hours while existing members of the opposite sex vote on their looks.

The site has over 1 million members and since 2002 it has rejected 8.5 million people worldwide for not being attractive enough. Even though I find this concept appalling, it does give us some interesting information.

Greg Hodge, managing director of the company, has confirmed that most rejected people come from the United Kingdom. It shares the last place with India, Russia, and the Phillippines. This was a bitter pill to swallow for him since he is English.

He said: “Sweden and Norway are proving to be the most aesthetically blessed nations in the world. UK men and women aren’t faring well, especially UK men, who share the dubious honor of being classified as the ugliest in the world on par with Russian and Polish men. I would say Britain is stumbling, especially the men, because of a general lack of grooming and an inactive pub culture lifestyle.”

The contest takes place every year in Petaluma, California as part of the Sonoma-Marin Fair. Along with the title “World’s Ugliest Dog” the winner receives 1500 dollars and a trip to New York. Typical of the Americans to choose the world’s ugliest dog from contestants who come only from the USA. I’m sure far uglier dogs exist in other parts of the world. Has anyone checked in China somewhere near a nuclear power plant?

Here are this year’s contestants:

Meet Zsa Zsa, the 9-year-old english bulldog who won this year’s contest. Her owner, Megan Brainard of Minnesota, will take home the 1500 dollar award money.
Himisaboo, the chinese crested wiener dog
Wild Thang, the Pekingese. My personal favorite.
Tee Tee, the Chinese crested

Rascal Deux, another Chinese crested. I think it is pretty clear in which country we would find the real world’s ugliest dog.

Mrs. Kravitz, the Chihuahua


This is by no means a definitive list. There are no limits to how ugly a shoe can be.

Damn, these cats are ugly! Apparently medieval illustrators had trouble depicting cats in the marginalia of books. A serious study of this phenomena can’t be found on the Internet (Maybe the belly lint scientist could tackle this subject next?), but you can read a plausible explanation by this Quora user.