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an overview of the Universal Hot-Crazy Matrix

The Science Behind the Hot-Crazy Matrix

Hot-crazy science, or hotcraziology, is a young and budding scientific field. The incredible information recently uncovered by leading scientists has given men everywhere a new understanding of the relationship landscape. Some core concepts of hot-crazy science are explained briefly on this page; however, most of this information is backed by extensive research and experimentation. This page is merely an overview of this new scientific field, known as hotcraziology.

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  • History of the Hot-Crazy Matrix

    Stinson's Discovery

    Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother describing the hot-crazy Scale

    Hot-crazy science first hit the main stream when one of the field's early pioneers, Barney Stinson, made reference to a "hot-crazy scale" on TV's popular How I Met Your Mother. Stinson makes specific reference to what he calls the 'Vickie Mendoza Diagonal1,' today known as the 'hot-crazy line,'. In Stinson's description of his model, he states that a person should only involve themselves with women who are hotter than they are crazy (on the hotter side of the diagonal). This is astoundingly aligned with the model that today's scientists have come to accept. However, Stinson's model only tells part of the story.

    While Barney Stinson's model wasn't entirely complete, it was an enormous step toward understanding women using a scientific model, a feat that had never successfully been accomplished before. So these laws aren’t totally accurate, but provide a clean and simplified model. Many people think of Stinson as the Isaac Newton of hot-crazy science.

    McClendon's Life Work

    If Stinson is the Newton of hotcraziology, then Dana McClendon is certainly the Einstein of the field. Hot-crazy science experienced a dramatic increase in both new information and popularity when McClendon, now the field's most widely respected scientist, first published his hot crazy matrix theory. It is considered the first complete framework for understanding women. McClendon's work was backed by years and years of research, which he humbly refers to as "46 years of being on the planet."

    The groundbreaking work can be found freely available on, and for convenience, we've embedded it on this page. We highly suggest that anyone reading this take a moment to either watch, or rewatch the video. The content will be recapped here, but it is certainly helpful to review this work before diving deeper into these concepts.

    Since this research was first released, the community of scientists has grown significantly and has been working tirelessly to uncover more information about the matrix, the distribution of women and men. And a great deal of new information has been discovered.

    Crane's Contribution

    Researchers Kelsey Crane, Dominique Razon, and Kelly Walker proposed a variation of the hot-crazy matrix, which they've termed the "Hot-Emotional Unavailability Matrix." Note the striking similarity between Crane’s matrix and McClendon’s. A publication that many believe to be a parody of McClendon’s work actually highlights the extraordinary point – a similar matrix analysis can be applied equally to either gender.

    Extending the Matrix's Impact

    While Stinson and McClendon's respective works appear to indicate that this science may only apply to understanding women, Crane et al.’s research shows that this is not the case. In fact, the idea that hotcraziology can be applied to any gender classification has gained so much support in recent years, it is now commonly accepted as true among scientists within the community.

    In order to prove this to any skeptical readers, let's first review the definition of crazy:



    adjective: informal

    1. mentally deranged, especially as manifested in a wild or aggressive way

    "Brendan went crazy and assaulted a McDonalds employee."

    synonyms: mad, insane, out of one's mind, deranged, demented, not in one's right mind, crazed, lunatic, non compos mentis, unhinged, mad as a hatter, mad as a March hare.

    No part of this definition implies any bias toward one gender or another. While 'craziness' may manifest itself differently in men and women, the same potential for crazy behavior is there for both genders. Craziness can take shape in many forms: volitile emotions, jealousy, and violence are examples of crazy behavior that both genders might display. In fact, studies have shown that men have higher propensity to commit violent acts.

    Under this framework, the word “crazy” is extended to represent all undesirable behavior in potential mates, including emotional unavailability.

    Understanding the Matrix

    Separating Cool from Hot

    The science of the matrix begins with the grid on which it is plotted. Conceptually, this grid is simple: 2 perpendicular axes, one to represent 'crazy' and one to represent 'hot.'

    While this concept seems exceedingly simple at the surface, it becomes more interesting when one thinks of the psychological dynamic between a female's craziness and her perceived hotness. The key here is that this ‘perceived’ hotness and ‘perceived’ craziness are actually influenced by each other. It is actually very difficult to interpret the influence that a woman's physical appearance has on one's perception of her cool/craziness.

    Instinctually, most males will find a woman physically unattractive if they’ve previously deemed that woman crazy. Many scientific experiments have shown that male subjects tend to also rate women as crazier on average when they are less physically attractive. Similarly, most males will also over project a woman’s coolness if she is also very attractive, even when this conflicts with their past experiences. This blended perception of hot and crazy makes it difficult to evaluate these metrics mathmatically.

    In order to address the problem described above, the Universal Hot Crazy Matrix uses Hot and Crazy axes that are theoretically independent of one another. Capital “H” and “C” are used as shorthand to denote the independence of these values from each other.

    Using this form of the Hot-Crazy matrix, which isolates the measurement of these traits from each other, offers a more accurate picture of each subject's coordinates, and subsequently, their 'zone.'

    Measuring these metrics independently is highly difficult for someone untrained in hotcraziology. Luckily, scientists have created tools to help the common man identify another person’s hot crazy coordinates and zone.

    It's All Relative

    It is also important to note that the location of a woman on the matrix is relative to other women. Conceptually, if there existed only one woman, she would be both the most and least crazy woman on the planet, as well as the hottest and ugliest. The concept of a hot-crazy matrix breaks down in this scenario because there is no relative basis of measurement.

    Point is: multiple data points are required in order for measurements to have any meaning. However, new technological advances in combination with ground breaking research performed by scientists at HotCrazyScore, Inc. has allowed us to provide men with 95% accurate assessments of a woman's location on the Universal Hot Crazy Matrix.

    Matrix Summary

    10 Important Facts about the Hot-Crazy Matrix

    1. Everything a man needs to know about women

    2. Hot: 0-10 ; Crazy: 4-10 (all women @ least 4 crazy)

    3. Hot crazy line

    4. No-Go Zone = below 5 hot; you don't go there

    5. 5-8 Hot, Below crazy line = Fun Zone

    6. Danger Zone = (red head, stripper, Tiffany, hair dresser: cars keyed, tires slashed, bunny in pot)

    7. Women move around matrix;

    8. Your understanding of matrix is relative of your experience with women.

    9. Date Zone = Above 7 crazy, Above 8 hot

    10. Wife Zone = 5-7 Crazy, Above 8 hot

    11. Unicorn Zone = Below 5 crazy, above 8 hot"


    1. The hot-crazy line was originally coined the 'Vickie Mendoza Diagonal' in reference to an early research subject studied by Barney Stinson. Here is a direct quote from a popular interview with Barney: "A girl is allowed to be crazy as long as she is equally hot. Thus, if she's this crazy, she has to be this hot. You want the girl to be above this line. Also known as the 'Vickie Mendoza Diagonal'. This girl I dated. She played jump rope with that line. She'd shave her head, then lose 10 pounds. She'd stab me with a fork, then get a boob job. [pause] I should give her a call."

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