Business majors, children of divorce and religious types are more likely to lie for financial gain, says a study, making poets from happy families as the only honest poor people left in this world.
Your head is full of garbage and sleeping helps you clear some of it out so you can go ahead and fill it with even more garbage when you wake up, over and over until you die, says Science.
"Can weekend 'recovery sleep' make up for too little sleep during the work week? According to new research, not so much." But given how terrible people are in general, even the well-rested ones, maybe it is for the best if everyone walks around bleary-eyed and inattentive until we all fall into the tiny holes in the ground that we're bound to wind up in at the end anyway.
"The survey responses showed that women rated kissing as generally more important in relationships than men. Furthermore, men and women who rated themselves as being attractive, or who tended to have more short-term relationships and casual encounters, also rated kissing as being more important."
"Feeling weighed down by guilt is more than just a metaphor, according to scientists who have discovered the emotion can produce a bodily sensation. Researchers from Canada and the U.S. discovered that people feel heavier in weight after doing something that made them feel guilty as well as a recalling a memory of when they felt guilty. The scientists believe that while the research is in its infancy, simulating the experience of the weight of guilt, seems to be tied to regulating moral behaviour."
"'Ancient humans' used toothpicks nearly 1.8 million years ago, a study of their teeth has revealed."
"Older age may slow the body but the process of aging may sharpen the wit as a new study finds that older adults have superior decision-making skills."
"'Benevolent sexism', where women are treated as helpless entities in need of protection, is seen in a positive light by many – particularly those women with a strong sense of entitlement."
"Ever wonder why there is loud music playing in so many bars, even though it makes it almost impossible to have a conversation? Newly published research suggests one good reason: It inspires faster drinking, at least among young women."
"Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health found that men who eat lots of processed meat like bacon and sausage have lower sperm quality than men who don't," but given how terrible people are in general, even the ones produced by the people with the healthy diets, maybe it is for the best if we pig out until we're all extinct.
"Judging the behaviour of our friends accurately is impossible because we attribute positive qualities to people we like, according to a new report yesterday. According to a new study, people evaluate their friends’ behaviour more positively than they do strangers – regardless of actual performance on a series of tasks."
"Researchers have discovered that people's elevated concerns after tempting fate can be eliminated if they engage in a ritual that involves exerting force away from themselves. They found that engaging in the physical action can help eradicate a vivid mental image of the negative event, by literally pushing it away, making it less likely to happen." —Your takeaway? "Bad luck really can be reversed by rituals such as touching wood and throwing salt."
"Smile, yell or wave – everyone has a theory about the best strategy for getting a drink in a busy bar. But scientists have conducted painstaking, or at least headache-inducing, research to work out the best method and discovered what nine out of 10 of us already know — that standing squarely to the bar and looking directly at the barman is the best way to get served."
"Scientists have discovered that all mammals urinate for roughly the same amount of time, regardless of their size. A study carried out by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta found that animals of various sizes – from an elephant to a rat – take around 21 seconds to relieve themselves. The team, who collated their findings using videos of animals going to toilet and combining them with data on mass, bladder pressure and urethra size, were able to come up with what they are calling the 'law of urination'." [...]
"Oreos can be as addictive to the brain as cocaine, the authors of a scientific study have claimed."
"A whisky sipped in a room smelling of fresh-cut grass with the sound of sheep 'baa-ing' in the background tastes different from having the same drink in a sweet-smelling, red room with piano music playing, research suggests."
"It seems reading literary fiction temporarily enhances our ability to empathise with others."