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Do airlines have a "Do not pair" list of pilots who don't want to work with each other?

Yes, "do not pair" lists do exist. They were brought in as one of the responses to the crash of Northwest Airlink Flight 5719. The accident was basically a CFIT (Controlled Flight Into Terrain) ...
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Has the Gympie Gympie tree driven humans to commit suicide because of the pain from its sting?

Gympie-Gympie is said to have the most painful sting of any plant in Australia with reference to this source. Can the pain last for years? Answer: Partly yes up to one year referring to research by ...
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Is the “Asshole Effect” a phenomenon correlated with wealth?

Yes, Piff has compiled evidence of correlation between wealth/social class versus narcissism, entitlement, and unethical behaviour. Whether this evidence is convincing I leave to anyone studying the ...
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Are atheists more generous than Christians?

The answer is complex. There have been a number of apparently contradictory studies in the area. Researchers have been trying to dig down and find the true factors. E.g. Is generosity to charities ...
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Do Macaque monkeys steal money from wallets and use it to buy food from vending machines?

The claim is plausible. Let's break it down into several components: Q: Are monkeys capable of stealing wallets or learning to use vending machines? A: Certainly. There is ample video evidence of ...
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Is the “Asshole Effect” a phenomenon correlated with wealth?

First, I'd like to thank Oddthinking for calling me out on the flaws in my first response to this. Of course that response took me five minutes and this one took me 90 minutes :). Hopefully, you'll ...
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Are fussy babies more intelligent?

It does not seem so. The link at the bottom of the article points to this article by Schmidt, Fox, Perez-Edgar and Hamer. My (non-expert) reading of this is that baby fussiness is largely ...
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Is sitting dangerous?

As it turns out, sitting for long periods of time seems to be associated with many adverse side effects. The University of South Carolina did a study on the effects long-term sitting has on ...
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Are youths that watch violent X-rated material 6 times more likely to force others sexually?

Following the references, it appears that the factoid derives from the following study: Michele L. Ybarra, Kimberly J. Mitchell, Merle Hamburger, Marie Diener-West, and Philip J. Leaf, X-Rated ...
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Does talking in another language actually change your personality?

No, people don't actually change personality when talking in another language. Use of a second language accesses different cultural norms that activate appropriate behavioral expressions. Personality ...
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Did an ostrich pull off its own head?

Yes. A Reddit user has posted an unsourced video showing an ostrich with its head stuck in a fence. It forcefully tries to pull itself free, and decapitates itself on the fence, leaving its body ...
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Do colder temperatures increase our hunger?

There's alas not much in the way of data on this. One experimental study published last year said (buried in the body of their paper) that subjective feeling of hunger increased during 1.5 hours of ...
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Is sitting dangerous?

OP links to: http://mashable.com/2011/05/09/sitting-down-infographic/ which refers to http://mashable.com/2011/04/22/standup-desks/ which refers to http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/215691-the-...
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Are men more attracted to women who are ovulating over those who are not?

Yes, although it is generally said that humans do not have estrous cycles in the way most mammals do, there are indeed multiple peer-reviewed studies suggesting that people (not just men, and in some ...
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Do mirrors decrease perceived waiting time

For the first part of the question, yes the original paper by Sasser et al. (1979) attributes it to a well known hotel group without the mention of the name with reference to several papers such as ...
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Does technology have a negative effect on attention span?

Stanford did a study on this, the press release can be found here: http://news.stanford.edu/pr/2009/multitask-research-release-082409.html People who are regularly bombarded with several streams of ...
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