Doctors are required by clinical practice to always approach/examine patient from right side, and use their right hand, which puts left handed medical students at disadvantage. There's no other reason for this than 'tradition'. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Rosacea helps to maintain antimicrobial peptide levels during UV-deficient winters to combat life-threatening microbial infections, such as lupus vulgaris. Therefore, rosacea should not be considered as a disadvantage, but as evolution's blessing of the Celts which improved their survival. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed…
Sound travels slowly enough that runners further from the starting pistol are at a noticeable disadvantage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
The Renault Dauphine is considered to be the worst car of all time. It took 32 seconds to accelerate to 60 MPH from a standstill. Writer Dan Neil noted it "put the Dauphine at a severe disadvantage in any drag race involving farm equipment." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned of "zugzwang", a situation in chess (and other games) wherein a player is put at a disadvantage because they must make a move when it would actually benefit them to pass their move. Since the player is compelled to move means that their position becomes significantly weaker. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zug…
Stairs in medieval times wound in a clockwise direction to place attacking swordsmen (often right-handed) at a disadvantage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Exaggerating injuries or contact in soccer, called "diving," is a common expectation, and that the US team's reluctance to "dive" is theorized to put them at a notable disadvantage to other teams. nytimes.com/2014/06/16/sp…
Winston Churchill claimed to have met the ghost of Abraham Lincoln after getting out of a bath at the White House during WWII. "Good evening, Mr. President. You seem to have me at a disadvantage," he said, completely nude with cigar in hand. io9.gizmodo.com/5852898/w…
Spiral stairs in medieval times were typically wound in a clockwise direction, to place attacking swordsmen (who were most often right-handed) at a disadvantage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Witnesses appearing before a grand jury have a right to an attorney, but the lawyer must stay out of the room and is, therefore, at a disadvantage. A judge is not present, so there's no one to raise an objection - or to consider it. And all deliberations are conducted in secret. npr.org/templates/story/s…
Men have nipples because the "default" is for men and women to share characteristics, and because nipples are not a disadvantage to men (while they are a significant advantage to women), men's nipples are not "selected against" in the development of the fetus. scientificamerican.com/ar…
In 2009 Jim Barksdale completed a nearly straight 300 million dollar fiber-optic link between Chicago and NYC. By shaving 3ms off the previously fastest connection, Barksdale can charge 8 to 10 times the going rate because any trading algorithm not operating on his network is at a disadvantage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
Since in many organisms it has a 50% cost (fitness disadvantage) in relation to asexual reproduction, there’s no single clear answer as to why sex evolved, but there are more than 20 different hypotheses. theconversation.com/why-d…
Today I learned of the Tony Conigliaro award, an award given by the MLB to professional baseball players who overcome disadvantages to play at high levels. Yangervis Solarte, who lost his wife to cancer during the baseball season but still played while taking care of three young daughters, won most recently. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
Spiral staircases in medieval times climbed clockwise in order to to place attacking swordsmen (who were most often right-handed) at a disadvantage en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Spiral stairs in medieval times were generally made of stone and typically wound in a clockwise direction to place attacking swordsmen (who were most often right-handed) at a disadvantage. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/S…
US paper Currency is illegal because (being all one size) it puts the blind at a serious disadvantage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fed…
Spiral staircases in medieval times wound in a clockwise direction (from the ascender's point of view) to place attacking swordsmen (who were most often right-handed) at a disadvantage en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Today I learned about a psychological mechanism called "Self- handicapping". It is when you purposely put yourself at a disadvantage so you will have an excuse for any potential failure. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sel…
Babies born during the summer months are often at a disadvantage at school, which can continue well into their teenage years: summer-born babies are 2% less likely to attend university. ifs.org.uk/comms/r80.pdf
Alexander Suvorov is one of the few generals in history who never lost a battle, being undefeated in over 60 large battles while frequently having numerical disadvantage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Sea Otters have the worlds thickest fur coat that traps warm air inside which allows them to comfortably wade in freezing waters despite their disadvantages of having little blubber, land animal characteristics and losing heat easily with their small stature. bbc.com/earth/story/20150…
In game theory a situation where the side that must move first is at a disadvantage is known as Zugzwang en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zug…
In 1983, Dan Goodwin scaled the North Tower of the WTC, to draw attention to the buildings' disadvantages in high-rise firefighting and rescue. skyscraperdefense.com/bui…
Bosnia was put at a great disadvantage due to arms embargo during the war (1992-1995) but U.S. Allies in Europe blocked proposals to remove the embargo because Bosnia would be "unnatural" as the only Muslim nation in Europe books.google.ba/books?id=…
Bobby Fischer played in a world-class chess tournament by teleprinter in 1965 because the U.S. denied his right to travel to Cuba. Despite his disadvantage, he still finished 2nd. npr.org/2011/01/30/133272…
A Russian general, Alexander Suvorov has never lost a battle. He took part in over 60 large battles always having a numerical disadvantage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Different mattress types tend to have their own advantages and disadvantages when it comes to sex. sleeplikethedead.com/matt…
Microsoft had a method of destroying competition by embracing widely used standards, extending those standards with proprietary capabilities, and then using those differences to disadvantage its competitors en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emb…

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