: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/Rinโ€ฆ
The unofficial motto of the U.S. Air Force crews serving in America's nuclear missile silos is 'Death Wears Bunny Slippers' because of the tendency for missileers to wear pajamas and Snuggies while on duty. mentalfloss.com/article/2โ€ฆ
Chevy Chase escaped the military draft by "falsely claiming, among other things, that he had homosexual tendencies" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheโ€ฆ
The saxophone mouthpiece is a consumable item, and it naturally accumulates teeth marks. However, when the teeth are making strong contact (i.e. there is a tendency to bite down), the embouchure has issues. With proper embouchure, the teeth are just touching the mouthpiece yamaha.com/en/musical_insโ€ฆ
It actually IS possible to develop an addiction to chocolate, and that some people may have a genetic tendency to it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choโ€ฆ
In 1624, Pope Urban VIII forbade Catholics from using the powdered form of tobacco known as snuff, because of its tendency to cause sneezing, which he viewed as dangerously akin to "sexual ecstasy" history.com/news/from-popโ€ฆ
Most people have a tendency to underestimate the severity of potential punishments, which can make it difficult to effectively deter crimes undark.org/2016/05/16/detโ€ฆ
The alcohol flush reaction - East Asian peoples' tendency to blush or develop red spots while drunk - is also connected to lower rates of alcoholism. People with more genetic resistance to alcohol are more likely to become addicted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcโ€ฆ
For some time, billiard balls were made of nitrocellulose. They had an unfortunate tendency to explode. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nitโ€ฆ
Today I learned about the Pauli Effect, which is the supposed tendency for technology to fail in the presence of certain people wikipedia.org/wiki/Pauli_โ€ฆ
Many organ donation recipients report new traits and tendencies (such as food cravings) that they share with their donor. freep.com/story/life/wellโ€ฆ
Today I learned of the 'Illusory truth effect', the tendency to believe information to be correct after repeated exposure. The illusory truth effect has played a significant role in such fields as election campaigns, advertising, news media, and political propaganda throughout world history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illโ€ฆ
Mozart had an extreme dislike for the soprano Adriana Ferrarese del Bene. She had a strange tendency to bob her head to low and high notes, and knowing this, Mozart chose to fill her showpiece with constant harmonic leaps. He took great pleasure watching her bob her head "like a chicken". operaomaha.org/blog/did-yโ€ฆ
Obesity is a rising problem for horses, just like for humans, partly due to a tendency for an owner with a horse of perfectly acceptable body condition to be criticized and accused of not feeding enough. veterinary-practice.com/aโ€ฆ
Illusory truth effect is a tendency to believe that a statement is true if it is easier to process, or if it has been stated multiple times, regardless of its actual veracity. The illusory truth effect plays a significant role in election campaigns, advertising, news, and propaganda. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illโ€ฆ
Deep-Sea Gigantism is the tendency for species to be larger than their shallower-water relatives. Proposed explanations include: scarcer resources; greater pressure; and colder temperatures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deeโ€ฆ
Just like in high school, assisted living facilities and nursing homes can have their share of mean girls and bullies. People donโ€™t always grow out of their cattiness and aggressive tendencies as they age agingcare.com/articles/baโ€ฆ
When humans domesticated wolves, we basically bred Williams syndrome into dogs, which is characterized by "cognitive difficulties and a tendency to love everyone" news.nationalgeographic.cโ€ฆ
A significant contribution to the 2003 NE blackout was the tendency of high-voltage lines to sag under high current. As one power line sagged, touched an unmaintained tree and faulted, the load on remaining lines increased, causing a cascade of sagging onto trees and faulting. scientificamerican.com/arโ€ฆ
Gin and tonic drinkers are more likely to be psychopaths and have psychopathic tendencies readersdigest.ca/health/rโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Witzelsucht - a neurological condition which presents as a tendency to make puns, or tell inappropriate jokes or pointless stories in socially inappropriate situations en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witโ€ฆ
It is essentially impossible to keep great white sharks in captivity due to their dietary needs and tendency to travel extremely long distances. The longest record is 198 days for a juvenile great white. thejakartapost.com/life/2โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Puppy cats. A term that relates to specific types of cat breeds that show behavioral tendencies that are reminiscent of young domestic dogs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pupโ€ฆ
Playing the didgeridoo can be an effective treatment for sleep apnea and snoring. It strengthens the muscles in the upper airway, which reduces their tendency to collapse during sleep. bmj.com/content/332/7536/โ€ฆ
In rare cases, trauma to the right frontal lobe of the brain can result in an individual developing neurological symptoms characterized by a tendency to make puns or tell inappropriate jokes. Its known as Witzelsucht or Joke Addiction. discovermagazine.com/healโ€ฆ
Because of their tendency to take the form of whatever container they're in, a study was conducted over whether cats should be classified as liquids or solids. It later won the Ig Noble Prize. theconversation.com/answeโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Pareidolia, the tendency of people to see faces, animals or objects in random data, such as clouds. The Rorschach test attempts to use this phenomenon to gain insight into a person's mental state. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parโ€ฆ
Selective exposure is a theory within the practice of psychology, often used in media and communication research, that historically refers to individuals' tendency to favor information which reinforces their pre-existing views while avoiding contradictory information. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selโ€ฆ
Today I learned about the phenomenon called "pseudoneglect" - the tendency to skew visual processing to the left. When asked to find the middle of a line, people will almost always choose a spot just left of center, regardless if they are right-handed or left-handed. thepsychologist.bps.org.uโ€ฆ
When you involuntarily yell over loud noise, thatโ€™s an example of the Lombard effect (the involuntary tendency of speakers to increase their vocal effort when speaking in loud noise to enhance the audibility of their voice). psychology.wikia.org/wikiโ€ฆ
The Pollyanna Principle, named after the cheerful character in Eleanor H. Porter's novel, is the tendency for people to remember pleasant history more accurately than unpleasant history. The principle is the basis of nostalgia, remembering past experiences as more rosy than in reality. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polโ€ฆ
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.1/2016/1โ€ฆ
Aircraft have a strong tendency to nose down as they approach supersonic speeds. It is called Mach Tuck and early planes lacked the ability to counter this and would enter uncontrollable dives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macโ€ฆ
The tendency to see Van Gogh's mental illness in his work began as a rebuke by critics who hated it, at a time when mental illness was highly stigmatized. He was actually only seriously ill in the final 2 years of his life. bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000โ€ฆ
According to one study, contrary to popular belief, violent video games actually reduce real life violent crime. Researchers think these games may help preoccupy the few gamers with already existing violent tendencies and give them an outlet, so they are less likely to commit real world crimes. researchgate.net/publicatโ€ฆ
Mercedes-Benz developed the a racing car for the 1999 Le Mans that had a tendency to take off and flip mid-air. This incident happened three times before Mercedes exited the race. Luckily none of the drivers were seriously injured. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merโ€ฆ
Bruce Willis is partially deaf in his left ear due to some of the loud explosions and gunfire while filming Die Hard. โ€œDue to an accident on the first Die Hard, I suffer two-thirds partial hearing loss in my left ear and have a tendency to say, โ€˜Whaaa?โ€™โ€ Willis said. mensjournal.com/entertainโ€ฆ
Miniature Australian Shepherds have such a strong herding tendency that they'll try to herd little children en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minโ€ฆ
A paedophile had a brain tumor removed and with it, his paedophillic tendencies. When the tumor grew again in the same spot, his paedophile urges grew once more, and disappeared once again after the second growth was surgically removed. usatoday30.usatoday.com/nโ€ฆ
Today I learned of "pseudoneglect," a tendency of healthy people to shift their spatial attention to the left and thus regularly draw a central dividing line left of the actual centre. This preference for the left side persists when vision is completely removed, and has been also observed in birds. thepsychologist.bps.org.uโ€ฆ
A mouse utopia experiment with unlimited food and water caused them to not breed, or carry pregnancies to term, violent tendencies, and isolation. The ones who isolated themselves avoided the violence but lost all social skills and stopped breeding all together. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/artiโ€ฆ
"Esprit d'escalier" (literally, staircase wit) is a French term used in English to denote the tendency to think of a witty reply when it is too late, for example when taking the stairs on leaving the scene of a confrontation. wordsmith.org/words/espriโ€ฆ
The baby duck syndrome denotes the tendency for computer users to "imprint" on the first system they learn, then judge other systems by their similarity to that first system. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impโ€ฆ
Today I learned about the spotlight effect, a phenomenon in which people tend to believe they are being noticed more than they really are. It comes from the innate tendency to forget that although one is the center of one's own world, one is not the center of everyone else's. wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotliโ€ฆ
Today I learned of polar gigantism, which is the tendency for animals dwelling in polar or deep-sea waters to grow larger than their shallower-water relatives. The exact reason for this phenomenon is unknown. jeb.biologists.org/contenโ€ฆ
Reaction Formation is an ego defense mechanism in which emotions and impulses which are anxiety-producing or perceived to be unacceptable are mastered by exaggeration of the directly opposing tendency. For example, if you feel hate towards someone you will express love in order to conceal it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reaโ€ฆ
The first recorded instance of a man "giving no fucks" was George Tucker in 1790. Writing about his son's bookish tendencies, his poem says "I'd not give a fuck for all you've read". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fucโ€ฆ
Today I learned about the Hedonic Treadmill - the tendency of a person to remain at a relatively stable level of happiness despite changes in fortune or the achievement of major goals. As a person makes more money, expectations and desires rise in tandem, which results in no permanent gain in happiness. positivepsychologyprogramโ€ฆ
Apophenia is the tendency to mistakenly perceive connections and meaning between unrelated things. This includes pareidolia (seeing a face within an inanimate object) and the Gambler's fallacy (seeing patterns in random numbers that appear in lotteries, card games, or roulette wheels). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apoโ€ฆ
The word "sophomore" means "wise fool" in Greek, describing the tendency of adolescents to behave so irrationally despite thinking rationally sometimes. etymologynerd.com/blog/stโ€ฆ

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