Monday, May 14, 2007


There's an amusing article by Richard Wiseman over at New Scientist. I take most of the "studies" with a grain of salt, but its fun to read nonetheless. Here are some interesting "facts".

--[O]ne demographical group has come to stand out above all others as being most likely to push boundaries and break rules. These are not disaffected teenagers nor Italian football hooligans. They are women van drivers.

--[People] would rather have worn a sweater that had been dropped in dog faeces and not washed - raising genuine health concerns - than a laundered sweater that had been worn by a mass murderer.

--According to research carried out by Robert Sommer at the University of California, Davis, in 1988, lemons are seen as dislikable, onions are stupid, and mushrooms are social climbers.

How did these studies not win Ignoble Prizes?

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