Need to woo a partner in time for Valentine's? Follow these simple, evidence-based instructions for boosting your irresistibility.
When asking a lady for a dance or for her number, your chances will be improved by lightly touching her on the arm. Try not to do it in a creepy way.
Use mimicry, bodily and verbal. Use mimicry, bodily and verbal (see what I did there?)
Hire a sports car, if you're a man, but don't bother if you're a woman. Both sexes should avoid Toyotas – that's a joke, please don't sue, they're lovely cars.
When flirting with a man, use direct, no-nonsense chat up lines rather than the subtle or witty approach. Men are very easily confused.
When wooing a woman, use chat-up lines that demonstrate your helpfulness, generosity, athleticism, ‘culture’ and wealth. Don't bother with jokes, empty compliments and sexual references. This ought to do it – ‘Hey gorgeous, sorry I'm late: the opera over-ran, then I had to race to my neighbour's to help carry her piano upstairs – the one I bought her as a moving-in present'.
If all else fails, impress them by telling them you read Farnam Street.