By Rik Kuiper, Tonie Mudde
A selection of quirky evidence and counsel, all subsidized through actual educational research
Always dunk your biscuit horizontally
Drinking beer is sweet for the surroundings
A wig is more secure than a biking helmet
Based on foreign clinical learn yet offered in a tongue-in-cheek style, this book reveals startling truths sure to switch your life—or not less than make you well known at dinner events. interesting and infrequently hilarious, it is going to open your eyes to the quirky technology at the back of the standard. detect the simplest time of day to be operated on, how kissing is sweet for hay fever, find out how to look extra clever easily, and many different counsel for paintings and residential, for consuming and ingesting, and for a greater love existence.
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Clanet, C. & Hersen, F. ‘Secrets of successful stone-skipping’ in Nature 247 (2004), p. , Hersen, F. & Rosellini, L. ‘Skipping stones’ in Journal of Fluid Mechanics 543 (2005), pp. 137–146 51 Dunk Your Biscuit Horizonta}y 29. Talk About Hligans (and Win Trivial Pursuit) Surrounded by noisy supporters, a group of psychologists from Nijmegen University were walking to the football stadium. When one saw an empty beer can on the ground, he couldn’t control himself and gave it a good kick. Why did he do that, his colleagues asked themselves.
The effect only occurs when a little sunscreen is applied. So the advice is: during a day of sunning smear yourself regularly with a high factor sunscreen. And don’t be stingy. Bardeen, C. , Gratton, E. & Hanson, K. M. ‘Sunscreen enhancement of UV-induced reactive oxygen species in the skin’ in Free Radical Biology and Medicine (2006) 31. Taking a Group Photo? First Grab the Calculator Yet another lovely family photograph with everyone smiling… except you’ve got your eyes closed. There’s a strong chance that the photographer is not aware of Piers Barnes’s calculations.
Had he unconsciously taken on the nearby hooligans’ behaviour? Researcher Ap Dijksterhuis decided to test this theory in the lab. He asked a number of his volunteers to write down the characteristics they thought belonged to the term ‘football supporter’. A control group did nothing. Then everyone was given 42 questions from the game Trivial Pursuit. What transpired? The people who had thought about supporters scored on average less than the other group. An opposite effect was also noted by Dijksterhuis: thinking about professors beforehand resulted in higher scores on the Trivial Pursuit questions.