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Top 10 Strange Studies with Unexpected Results 10. Most Of Us Have Murder Fantasies Evolutionary psychologist David Buss decided
to take a survey of his University of Texas at Austin students to see if any of them had
ever fantasized about murder. He discovered 75 percent of them said that they had, so
he decided to do a formal survey of approximately 5,000 people around the world. His results showed that 91 percent of men,
and 84 percent of women have had a fantasy about murdering someone. In addition to the
survey, he reviewed and analyzed the FBI files of more than 400,000 murders. Buss concluded that “killing is fundamentally
in our nature because over the eons of human evolution murder was so surprisingly beneficial
in the intense game of reproductive competition.” Additionally, Buss concluded that men are
more likely to kill someone if they’ve become humiliated because it could hurt their ability
to attract a mate. 9. American Breasts Are Getting Bigger According to the lingerie retailer Intimacy,
the average American bra size has jumped from a modest 34B, to a voluptuous 34DD. Intimacy
interviewed more than 60,000 customers, and compared the results to another study done
in 1992. The conclusion was that today, women are buying bigger bras than they were 20 years
ago. Intimacy spokeswoman Kate Terhune told the
Huffington Post that a few reasons why the average bra size has gone up is because of
weight gain and the increase of women getting breast implants. However, she says that the
biggest factor is that today, women are more educated about how a bra should fit, and are
choosing the right size. It’s actually gotten to the point where
retailers are starting to receive complaints from customers that aren’t seeing fashionable
choices in bigger sizes, or bras that are big enough in general. 8. British Teens Think Sherlock Holmes Was
Real There’s a prevailing thought that kids today
don’t know as many famous historical figures as older generations, so a group of researchers
decided to put that to the test. A survey of 3,000 British youths posed questions about
historical figures that adults might think were common sense. For example, 47% of the
participants in the study thought that the King Richard the Lionheart was fictional. Another question participants were asked was
whether or not Sherlock Holmes was a real detective at some point in history. An astonishing
58% of participants said he was. Of course, Sherlock Holmes is a completely fictional
invention of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It probably shouldn’t come as a surprise
that the participants didn’t know a whole lot about historical figures. Researchers
also asked participants how often they read history books, or if they watched historical
television, and 77% of the participants said that they did not read about history, and
61% said that they would immediately change the channel if a historical program came on. 7. Internet Trolls Are Likely To Be Sadists Three psychologists from the University of
Manitoba took to the Internet to analyze commenters in an effort to gauge online personalities
from a mental standpoint, and quickly discovered that those who engage in “trolling” are
also likely to show signs of sadism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism. Essentially, sadism
means enjoying the harm of others, psychopathy is an antisocial personality disorder, and
Machiavellianism is a reflection of someone’s tendency to be unemotional and deceitful.
In other words, an Internet troll. The researchers studied the commenting styles
of 1,215 people. They stated that the most conclusive finding in their research was that
there is a direct link between trolling and sadism. “Both trolls and sadists feel sadistic glee
at the distress of others,” the researchers wrote in their study. Of course, one explanation
is that the results could just be a reflection of the online disinhibition effect, which
leads us to treat other people online as less than human simply because we aren’t dealing
with them face to face. 6. The Eyferth Study The results of the Eyferth study shouldn’t
come as a surprise to anyone in the modern day, but at the time it was considered ground
breaking and revolutionary. The study was named after Klaus Eyferth, a psychologist
who was curious as to whether or not there was a biological difference in the IQs of
white and racially mixed children. The study took place in West Germany, post-World
War II. The mothers of the children involved in the study were German women, who had slept
with white or African-american members of the US occupation forces. The study was published in 1959 and revealed
that the children, aged 5 to 13, were around the same level of intelligence. This study
has been used as evidence that racial IQ differences are a result of cultural and environmental
factors, rather than genetic ones. While this seems obvious to us know, at the time it flew
in the face of the unfortunate belief that whites were inherently more intelligent than
blacks. 5. John Hopkins Magic Mushroom Studies Researchers at John Hopkins University have
been publishing some very interesting studies in recent years about the effects of psilocybin
mushrooms, also known as magic mushrooms. One study was published indicating that the
use of magic mushrooms is incredibly effective in getting smokers to kick the habit. Amazingly,
80% of participants were able to stop smoking after being treated with three heavily monitored
psychedelic sessions, compared to a 35% success rate for the leading tobacco addiction treatment
drugs. In addition to discovering that psilocybin
has the potential to help people quit smoking, it was also discovered that it has a long-term
effect on the brain that can alter a person’s personality for the better. Magic mushrooms
can change the chemical makeup of the user’s brain to make them focus on creativity, their
passion, and make them more open about their feelings and the way they perceive things. In another study published by JHU behavioural
biology professor Roland Griffiths, virtually all participants who took the mushrooms emerged
from the study feeling better about themselves. Their friends, family, and colleagues said
that the psilocybin experience made the participants happier, calmer, and kinder. 4. Two-Thirds of American Vegetarians Eat
Meat According to Vegetarianism In America, 3.2%
of adults in the United States follow a vegan-based diet. However, not all of those vegetarians
are sticking to their diet as strictly as they would like you to believe. In 2003, a study published by the US Department
of Agriculture revealed that the organization randomly telephoned 13,313 Americans, and
when those same people were called again a week later, 66% of the self-proclaimed vegetarians
had admitted to eating animal flesh in the last 24 hours. An earlier poll taken in 2002 by CNN on the
eating habits of 10,000 Americans revealed that 6% of Americans considered themselves
vegetarians. However, when asked if they had eaten red meat, poultry, or fish in the past
24 hours, 60% of them revealed that they had. 3. Oregon Panhandlers Make A Fortune In 2008, Oregon police officers decided to
take a survey of panhandlers outside of a Walmart in Coos Bay. What they discovered
is that a panhandler outside of the store can make up to $300 a day, but it would take
a cashier a week to earn that much money. In other words, if you wanted to earn a little
extra money, begging for handouts in the street is a potentially lucrative way to do it. According to the Coos Bay police, most of
the people asking for money live in the city and actually have homes, indicating, “this
is just their chosen profession.” In a more recent investigation, a reporter named Katie
Higgins decided to see how much panhandling could actually earn. In an hour, she made
$8 and half a turkey sandwich. Who knew you could make a living off of the
kindness of strangers? 2. 43% of Canadians Prefer Bacon to Sex When you think of Canada, “bacon” is typically
one of the first things that springs to mind. According to science, that stereotype is actually
well founded. A study conducted in 2010 by Maple Leaf Foods Inc. revealed that 43% of
Canadians would choose bacon over sex if it ever came down to it. When men were asked
to rank a series of aromas in order of preference, 23% of men ranked the smell of bacon first.
Canadians are serious about their bacon. Luckily, Canadians don’t have to choose
one or the other thanks to a personal product called Baconlube. When launched in 2011, the
lubricant was – not surprisingly – the first and only bacon-based personal lubricant
on the market. During the initial campaign, the lubricant poked fun at the Maple Leaf
Foods study, stating that “Canadians will never have to choose between two of life’s
greatest pleasures again.” Maple Leaf Foods Inc. and Baconlube: perpetuating
Canadian stereotypes since 2010. 1. Married Women Drink More It’s become a sitcom trope that married
men are guilty of trying to find any excuse to go the bar and have a few drinks, but a
2012 study revealed that married men actually drink less than their single counterparts.
On the flip side, the results concluded that women actually drink more after marriage. Corinne Reczek, an assistant professor at
the University of Cincinnati who reviewed data involving thousands of Wisconsin natives,
conducted the study. In addition to that data, she looked into a separate study of 120 interviews
with married, divorced, widowed, and single people about their lifestyles. Reczek presented the data to the American
Sociological Association, stating that men are guilty of coaxing their wives into drinking
more, whereas women try to keep their partners’ drinking under control. When a couple divorces,
a man will drink more, partly because he externalizes his feelings but also because he doesn’t
have anyone telling him to slow down. A woman will drink less, partly because typically
woman internalize their issues, but mostly because she doesn’t have a spouse trying
to get her liquored up.

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