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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) attributable to pilot error, but the attitude of the captain was cited as a major contributory factor. He harassed, brow-beat and bullied his junior first officer ...


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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 Marina Hurley in 2000. The stinging sensation can be felt up to a year since human bodies cannot break down silicon. The hairs are often so small that the skin ...


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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 details of the research. Piff, Paul K. "Wealth and the Inflated Self Class, Entitlement, and Narcissism." Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 40.1 (2014)...


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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 affected by the religion of the donor, the religiosity of the donor, the frequency of church attendance, or perhaps the number of opportunities the donor is ...


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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 monkeys stealing wallets and using vending machines. Token-based food vending is common practice in studies of animal behavior. Q: Are simians capable of ...


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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 find this a bit more informative. In 2011, Paul Piff and others released a paper summarizing studies that purport to show that "that upper-class individuals ...


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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 genetically determined, but that certain environmental factors also play significant roles. We found evidence of a gene-endoenvironment interaction in predicting two ...


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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 cardiovascular health. They found that over a period of 21 years, men who reported being sedentary for more than 23 hours per week had a 64% greater risk of dying from ...


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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 Material and Perpetration of Sexually Aggressive Behavior Among Children and Adolescents: Is There a Link?, AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR, Volume 37, pages 1–18 (2011) In this ...


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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 is taken to be what we are while behaviour is what we do [1]. Self-reports and behavioral observations confirmed the effects of perceived cultural norms, ...


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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 convulsing. Warning: This video shows the violent death of a bird, and may be disturbing. NSFW Reddit page with video


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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 mild cold exposure (18C vs 24C), but that there wasn't a significant difference in actual food intake in this experiment (and the latter was their main conclusion)...


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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-most-dangerous-thing-you-ll-do-all-day which refers to a published article: http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/2/4/e000828.full Abstract Objectives To determine ...


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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 cases other women especially) find ovulating women more attractive. The mechanisms for this are multiple, including both physical and behavioral changes. ...


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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 this, this and this. The natural tendency of people to check their personal appearance substantially reduced complaints, although the actual wait for the ...


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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 electronic information do not pay attention, control their memory or switch from one job to another as well as those who prefer to complete one task at a time, a ...


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