While I'm on the theme of cuteness, if you need any present day "proof" of this phenomenon, check out the mania around Tai Shan, the 1st surviving giant Panda cub at the National Zoo. He can be viewed on a panda cam on the National Zoo's website. According to the NY Times in the article The Cute Factor, "the public debut of the baby in December has unleashed an almost bestial frenzy here. Some 13,000 timed tickets to see the cub were snapped up within two hours of being released and almost immediately began trading on eBay for up to $200 a pair." Cute lives!