A BBC analysis of 19 chocolate products between 2014 and 2018, revealed that 18 of them had shrunk in size. The worst hit by β€˜shrinkflation’ in the study was a four-pack of Snickers, which reduced by 28.1%, from 232g to 167g theboar.org/2018/11/how-s…
A study from Yale found that kids who watched 'Mr. Rogers Neighborhood' retained more information than children who watched 'Sesame Street.' They also had a higher 'tolerance of delay', meaning they were more patient mentalfloss.com/article/9…
One reason Lyndon B. Johnson did not run for re-election was because a study he commissioned had predicted he would die at 64 and thus may not make it through a 2nd term. True enough, he would die on 22 January 1973 at 64, 2 days after what would have been the end of his 2nd term. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyn…
In Australia, a study of hitmen found that offers ranged from $500 to $100k, with an average of $16.5k. One undercover investigator lists his largest proposed payoff as $200k in jewels and his stingiest as β€œseven Atari computer games, three dollar bills, and $2.30 in nickels and dimes.” washingtoncitypaper.com/a…
Daylight Savings Time has been shown to increase the rate of heart attacks (AMI’s) by 24% the morning of the time change. Scientists think this is due to the change in our sleep cycle. Conversely, when the time switches back, the study showed a 21% decrease in AMI’s that day. openheart.bmj.com/content…
A β€œfair” coin toss doesn’t truly have a 50/50 chance of landing on either side, but rather a 51% chance of showing the side originally facing up, according to a 2004 Stanford study on angular dynamics statweb.stanford.edu/~sus…
β€” About 2,700 employees of 501(c)(3) nonprofits received annual compensation of more than $1 million in 2014, almost one-third more than in 2011. The study, conducted by the Wall Street Journal, analyzed IRS Form 990 Returns for nearly 100,000 organizations. nonprofitquarterly.org/mi…
According to a study, a woman is more likely to give her number to a guy carrying a guitar case than a man holding a gym bag. Over a third of the women gave their digits when the guy was carrying the guitar case, and only 9 % shared their number when a gym bag was in sight mensjournal.com/health-fi…
Prairie dog language is complex. They don’t just have a call for β€œdanger”: their calls differentiate human, hawk, domesticated dog, coyote etc. and specify size & color. One study found that they can communicate β€œHere comes the short human in the yellow” (vs the tall human in blue) to each other npr.org/2011/01/20/132650…
A study on workplace murders was conducted in 2015. Women workers were 20x more likely to be killed by a domestic partner and 20% more likely to be killed by another coworker than men. However, men were more likely to be killed by robbers, escaped inmates, and customers. bls.gov/iif/oshwc/cfoi/wo…
A study found out that hungry men were more attracted to heavier women than satiated men news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/healt…
Our brains do not necessarily process everything as that would be an overload of information, a study from 2016 found that under the influence of LSD, the brain recruited many more regions for visual processing than normal, enriching the images people saw even when their eyes were shut. theguardian.com/science/2…
James Stockdale, a Vietnam War POW who didn't want to be in Vietnam, spent over seven years in a POW camp - four of them in solitary confinement and two in leg irons - and credits his Stoic philosophy studies for allowing him and his men to survive the constant torture and interrogation newsletter.butwhatfor.com…
Skateboarding started to appear in China after an American skateboarder traveled to Beijing to study Chinese in 1986. There wasn't a Chinese word for skateboarding at the time he arrived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ska…
In a study of 9400 people, switching from animal fat to vegetable (corn) oil was beneficial for cholesterol, but it did not have any effect on heart disease. bmj.com/content/353/bmj.i…
According to a University of Chicago study, while the joy of receiving gifts lessens over time, the psychological benefits of giving do not. Participants’ happiness hardly declined if they repeatedly bestowed gifts on others, versus repeatedly receiving those same gifts themselves. news.uchicago.edu/story/j…
Studies by the IIHS and Federal Highway Administration have shown that roundabouts typically achieve: A 37 percent reduction in overall collisions. A 75 percent reduction in injury collisions. A 90 percent reduction in fatality collisions. iihs.org/topics/roundabou…
Pinot noir became considerably more popular among consumers as a result of the film Sideways. Throughout the film, the main character speaks fondly of Pinot Noir while denigrating Merlot. A study estimated that Sideways cost American Merlot farmers over US$400m in lost revenue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
A study found that by spending a predominant part of the day gaming, excessive video gamers are at risk of showing lower educational and career attainment, problems with peers, and lower social skills. frontiersin.org/articles/…
An aerodynamic wind tunnel was installed at the base of the Eiffel tower in 1909. The tunnel was used to carryout out thousands of tests, including those on Wright Brothers airplanes and Porsche automobiles. The tower had a laboratory used by scientists to study meteorology, physiology. history.com/news/10-thing…
A 2005 study from Rutgers University theorized that the pre-1492 native populations of the Americas are the descendants of only 70 individuals who crossed the land bridge between Asia and North America. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
Computer science used to be a popular field for women to study, but it became more male-dominated in the 1980s as the first personal computers were seen as "toys for boys". npr.org/sections/money/20…
Physical attractiveness has a significant influence on judges sentencing. The more unattractive the criminal, the higher the sentence. Results of three studies show a minimum increase of 119.25% and a maximum increase of 304.88%. thelawproject.com.au/insi…
In a 1966 study, a group of engineers, mathematicians, artists, and architects were administered 50 micrograms of LSD and 100 milligrams of mescaline over a period of time. They then discovered solutions to professional problems that were previously unsolvable for them for 3 months en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psy…
Today I learned of a study in which five octopi were submerged in water laced with MDMA. After absorbing the drug, they proceeded to cuddle with each other, instead of playing with the Star Wars figurines that would normally have intrigued them. nature.com/articles/d4158…
A study of deaths on the show Game of Thrones found that the probability of a character dying within the first hour after first appearing on screen was 14%. injepijournal.biomedcentr…
Studies have shown that in regards to what's considered an ideal female breast type, most people don't simply prefer bigger sizes. Instead, the most desirable breast type is the one where 55% of the breast is below the nipple while 45% is above it plasticsurgery.org/news/b…
A study was conducted in an Australian University in 2008 found that "male science nerds" are most likely to be virgins and that female art majors were the most sexually active, but have little knowledge of what chlamydia is. The study was prompted by rapidly increasing cases of chlamydia. smh.com.au/national/male-…
T. E. Lawrence's death from a motorcycle led to a study in motorcycle deaths and the subsequent development of the motorcycle helmet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T._…
There’s a body farm in Texas where people donate their bodies to have them be placed in different circumstances to help study human decomposition and therefore help develop methods for determining the post mortem interval or time since death. txstate.edu/anthropology/…
According to a study conducted by the Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, you are at your largest height when you wake up. This is because when you sleep, your spine decompresses ("spreads out"), thus increasing your height. jamaicahospital.org/newsl…
According to a study conducted in 3 universities, couples who used Facebook more than 1 hour a day are likely to divorce. This is due to partners finding out about past relationships and the increased likelihood of rekindling old flames, which causes physical and emotional cheating. hg.org/legal-articles/fac…
(According to Brent Berlin and Paul Kay's 1969 study Basic Color Terms: Their Universality and Evolution) Names for brown, purple, pink, orange, and gray will not emerge in a language until the language has made a distinction between green and blue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bas…
Today I learned of a 2018 study that tracked participants’ activity levels and personality traits over 20 years, found that those who moved the least showed malign personality changes, scoring lower in the positive traits: openness, extraversion and agreeableness., theguardian.com/lifeandst…
There was a published study that was done to determine the transit time of a Lego head through the human digestive system, from being swallowed to being pooped out. onlinelibrary.wiley.com/d…
There have been only 2 fully intact Colossal Squid specimens that have been caught (in a condition good enough to study) and both Squids were found by the same man - John Bennett. youtu.be/drwwoJ8TAJc
Researchers taught monkeys to lift weights until they could lift weight equivalent of doing a one armed pull-up. This study demonstrated that strength is gained through development of the nervous system before muscle is added. inverse.com/mind-body/wei…
The person with the dubious honor of being the first to study sperm in detail was Anton van Leeuwenhoek, a Dutchman who developed the early compound microscope. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
A 2020 study discovered the most dangerous and safest cars. The Ford Fiesta and Hyundai Accent were the leading 2 in death rate, while the Volkswagen Golf tied with 5 other vehicles for lowest death rate. Regular cars had the highest mortality rate and minivans had the lowest. consumerreports.org/car-s…
A study on the sport of quidditch determined the incidence of injury in the sport to be 4.06 per 1,000 hours, with over 20% of the injuries being concussions. Also it was found that the risk of all injury appears no greater than other established sports, despite the mixed gender nature. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
In 1990 a study calculate the speed of our internal monologue (our verbal thoughts). The study calculated that our internal speech is around 4000 words per minute. By contrast, it take 20 minutes for the average reader to read 6000 words. journals.sagepub.com/doi/…
The study that was reported in saying β€œcheese is just as addictive as drugs” actually found no such thing. The dietician who made the questionable claim works for an advocacy group called the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, which pushes veganism and urges people to shun cheese. time.com/4090741/cheese-a…
The CIA conducted a scientific investigation into astral projection in 1983. The study isn’t conclusive, but it was of governmental interest. cia.gov/readingroom/docs/…
Cows have best friends. In a study to identify factors affecting milk yields, researchers noticed that cows form attachments to specific individuals in their herd. When these cows are together, indicators of stress in both noticeably reduce. plantbasednews.org/cultur…
Having an 'androgynous' brain (based on connectivity between different brain areas) is linked to improved mental health. A recent study found that this 'brain androgyny' is common, with 25% of participants' brains identified as male, 25% as female and 50% a mix of the two. theconversation.com/male-…
Men are more willing than women to use a time machine to kill Adolf Hitler, according to a 2015 study from the University of Texas biospace.com/article/arou…
A study from Harvard University finds that having no friends can be just as deadly as smoking. Both affect levels of a blood-clotting protein. telegraph.co.uk/science/2…
A study was once done which found that people were more likely to spill a cup of coffee if they were walking backwards with it sciencedirect.com/science…
Silver foxes were selectively bred for domestication in the 1950's in order to study evolution. As with dogs, the ears started to droop as physical manifestation of docility, and some even started vocalizing barks as like dogs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dom…
A controversial case study β€œMillion Dollar Murray” (2006) followed a local friendly homeless vet, who’s an alcoholic, in Reno and quantified the costs in Murray abusing public services almost daily for 10 years dpbh.nv.gov/uploadedFiles…

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