Scrooge's famous cry for the poor to die and thereby 'decrease the surplus population' was most likely a reference to Thomas Malthus who had written a generation before about the economic dangers of a lack of war, plague and famine. time.com/4597964/history-…
:The Ringelmann effect is the tendency for individual members of a group to become increasingly less productive as the size of their group increases. As more people are involved in a task, their average performance decreases, each participant tending to feel that their own effort is not critical. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rin…
According to research, temporary, strong emotions, like sadness we experience from a weepy movie, can significantly decrease our ability to taste or perceive the amount of fat we're eating. People who are mildly depressed and who have elevated body weight may have lower sensitivity to fat. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
When relocating rhinos in South Africa, they're drugged, blindfolded, and have their legs are tied to a helicopter. It was found that blindfolding them decreases stress during the flight. They're flown because it's much quicker and more convenient than relocating them via truck. biographic.com/rhino-relo…
Air conditioning wasn't invented for human comfort whatsoever, rather it was a solution to decrease humidity at a printing company having issues with too much moisture impacting the paper and ink. asme.org/topics-resources…
Giving a shot of ketamine to heavy drinkers after reactivating their drinking-related memories led to a rapid decrease in urges to drink and a prolonged decrease in alcohol intake over nine months. medicalxpress.com/news/20…
The camera company, Fujifilm, also makes skincare products because the CEO predicted that sales for their film would decrease with the rise of digital cameras. Chemicals they discovered earlier to prevent color fading in photographs are used to prevent sagging and fading skin now. jpninfo.com/104930
Today I learned of Monowi which is an incorporated town in Nebraska with a population of 1. The sole resident Elsie Eiler, is the mayor as well as librarian and bartender. Eiler's husband died in 2004, leaving a 50% population decrease since the 2000 census. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
According to a study, researchers found the "honeymoon phase" of marriage wears off after 30 months. An initially high level of marital satisfaction steadily decreases after that period of time for most couples. shape.com/lifestyle/study…
Lobsters don't age the way other living creatures doβ€”they don't lower their reproductive ability, slow their metabolism, or decrease in strength. Because of their molting process, it is difficult to determine their actual ages. They continue growing larger with each molt until they die. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
In 1961 the cost per GFLOPS for computer performance was US$145.5 billion dollars adjusted to US 2013 inflation. As of 2017, the cost per GLOPS was US$0.03 cents. This enormous difference in cost comes out to be a %99.999999999979 decrease in cost per GLOPS over 56 years. aiimpacts.org/wikipedia-h…
Today I learned about dogs sinus arrhythmia, which is a normal sinus rhythm where the dog’s heart rate increases while they inhale and decreases while they exhale. be.chewy.com/dogs-sinus-a…
Smoking cigarettes appears to decrease the severity of an inflammatory bowel disease called Ulcerative Colitis. In contrast, smoking appears to increase the severity of Crohn's disease, which is another inflammatory bowel disease. crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/a…
The California Genocide was carried out between the California Gold Rush (1848–1855) and the late 19th century by Spain, Mexico, and the United States to decrease the indigenous population of California through acts of enslavement, kidnapping, rape, separation of families and displacement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
Carbon dioxide levels commonly found in classrooms and offices spaces can decrease higher cognitive function by up to 50%. ehp.niehs.nih.gov/doi/10.…
Astronomer Samuel Schwabe set himself about the task of discovering intra-mercurial planets. In 1843, after 17 years of observations, Schwabe failed to find a planet but discovered the cyclic increase and decrease with time of the average number of sunspot visible on the Sun www2.hao.ucar.edu/Educati…
9/11 led to a decrease in air travel of 12-20%, also leading to an increase in car travel. Since driving is statistically much more dangerous than flying, it is estimated that around 1595 more people died than if this had not happened. mpg.de/6347636/terrorism_…
Horses have blind spots on the front and back of their body. Keeping a hand on their body while walking around them decreases chances of kicking out of shock or fear. equisearch.com/articles/h…
One of the reasons achieving happiness is so difficult for humans is something called "prevalence-induced concept change" β€” when your life improves so much that bad experiences start to decrease, your brain automatically makes other 'less bad' experiences seem worse than it would before. cbc.ca/life/wellness/why-…
The word daemon in computing comes from Maxwell's demon, a thought experiment suggesting Entropy could actually decrease. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dae…
The standard airline practice of pre-boarding (i.e., allowing passengers with small children and those who need extra assistance to board first) actually improves boarding efficiency by 28% and decreases time to takeoff. arstechnica.com/science/2…
Fines were introduced to decrease the number of parents late to pickup their child from school. This actually doubled them, because people felt their tardiness was okay because they paid the fine for it. theguardian.com/commentis…
Collapse of Compassion. Which states if the number of people in need of help increases, the amount of compassion people would feel toward the people decreases. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
The mini-series Shogun (1980) is the most watched show ever on NBC. It was so popular that restaurants and theaters reported a decrease in business for the week it aired. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sh%…
Rabies Disease produces Hydrophobia ("fear of water"), since the ability to transmit the virus would decrease significantly if the infected individual could swallow saliva and water. Thus, attempts to drink or even suggestion of drinking can cause painful spasms in the throat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rab…
Singing has amazing health benefits such as: Works the lungs & tones intercostals/diaphragm, Improves sleep, Benefits cardio, Relaxes muscle tension, Improves posture, Opens sinuses/respiratory tubes, Could decrease snoring, Releases endorphins, Boosts immune system, Improves Parkinsons symptoms en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
Airplanes at high cruising altitudes (20-30K+ft/6-9k+m), despite going slower than the speed of sound (~767mph/1238km/h) are technically flying supersonic. That's because the speed of sound decreases with pressure and pressure drops with altitude. youtu.be/p1PgNbgWSyY?t=91…
Adding a small amount of seaweed to a cow's diet, can decrease the amount of methane they produce by nearly 60% technologyreview.com/s/61…
Bringing pets to work can decrease the risk of having a burnout and that 86% of a company's employees which tested this premise experienced a decrease in overall stress. news.vcu.edu/article/Bene…
Today I learned of a new type of traffic intersection that has been shown to prevent traffic accidents and decrease traffic congestion called the diverging diamond exchange jalopnik.com/the-divergin…
Today I learned about a Dutch bicycle company that put pictures of TVs on their bike boxes to prevent damage while shipping. Doing so saw an 80% decrease in damage. bicycling.com/news/a20027…
Sunflower (Helianthus tuberosus) root, also called Jersualem artichokes or Sunchokes, are native to North America. Native Americans were first to cultivate sunflower roots for food. Resists cold, drought, wind. The roots contain inulin, which is firmly established to decrease blood cholesterol. epdf.pub/biology-and-chem…
Polyps inside nasal passages obstruct the flow of air, make the nose feel stuffy, and can decrease sense of smell. A nasal spray containing corticosteroids can shrink polyps and prevent them from returning health.harvard.edu/a_to_z…
Today I learned about an engineering principle called the "Bathtub Curve". It suggests all products have 3 phases of reliability: An early high failure rate that decreases as defects are removed, a period showing intrinsic (random) failure rate, and then an increase in failures as wearout occurs. sciencedirect.com/topics/…
Hot air balloon pilots don't directly control the direction of flight. They can only increase or decrease the balloon's altitude to place the balloon into a wind going the same direction they need. They have a few methods to check the direction of the air above and below the balloon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot…
Today I learned about Euler's disk, which can spin for an absurdly long time, and seemingly defy gravity by increasing its axial precession as it decreases it's azimuthal rotation. youtu.be/rFtYzVJcWyA
There is little research evidence that suggests taking a full course of antibiotics decreases the risk of antibiotic resistance. On the contrary, research evidence suggests longer courses of antibiotics, increases the risk of antibiotic resistance. health.harvard.edu/blog/i…
When the Oasis album Be Here Now was about to be released, the management company Ignition tried to decrease hype by limiting publicity and withholding information about the record. However, by doing that they ended up creating an unusual amount of hype for the album. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Be_…
Rinsing with water is not the correct last step of brushing your teeth because it decreases the concentration of fluorine in the mouth karger.com/Article/Abstra…
Many astronomers claim that color perception and contrast is improved by as much as 40 percent when using binoculars over a telescope. Not only does single-eye viewing of a telescope severely hamper depth perception, it also decreases signal-to-noise ratio wiki.ezvid.com/best-astro…
IQ can decrease by an average of 13% when people are more stressed nytimes.com/1983/05/31/sc…
Blocking the human air passage with the thumb, then exhaling, activates something called the vagus nerve that's spread throughout the body. This stimulation decreases heart rate and blood pressure, making you feel more relaxed much like when we try to calm our heart rate after exercise. themuse.com/advice/the-we…
In the 1940s the Superman Radio Show had Superman fight their version of the KKK using real information about the Klan. This was a crippling blow to the organization, causing recruitment to drastically decrease. In response the KKK ordered a boycott of the Radio Show’s sponsor, Kellogg. winewithcheetos.com/2017/…
Cities with an β€œerotic services” Craigslist section saw a 17% decrease in the number of women murdered econlog.econlib.org/archi…
Today I learned of the Semmelweis reflex, a tendency to reject evidence that contradicts existing beliefs. Documented when doctors refused to wash their hands from autopsies to delivery rooms despite evidence this decreases mortality. u.osu.edu/korzen.1/2016/1…
Carmel, IN has replaced almost all of their traffic lights by roundabouts. This led to an estimated 40% decrease in all accidents and 90% in fatal ones, saving $180,000 because of lower maintenance cost and several thousands of gallons of gas per roundabout per year bbc.com/news/magazine-138…
Siamese cats are temperature sensitive albinos which cause cooler body parts to be darker and warmer parts to be lighter. As they get older, their body temperature decreases and overall color darkens. catster.com/lifestyle/cat…
Dark mode is bad for eyes, and decreases your ability to process information. Light Mode provides better performance in focusing of the eye, identifying letters, transcribing letters, text comprehension, reading speed, and proofreading performance. howtogeek.com/423717/dark…
According to a 2011 study published in the International Journal of Impotence Research, eating 100 grams of pistachios at lunch every day for three weeks led to increased blood flow to β€œthe problem area,” leading to a significant decrease in erectile dysfunction. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed…
High Facebook usage is directly linked to a higher depression rate and an overall decrease in life satisfaction. guardianlv.com/2013

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