One of the cool byproducts of spending your life putting pen to paper is you become an absolute fountain of useless information. You learn stuff that most people don’t know (or even care about) but throw it into a conversation, and you sound like a genius. Here are just a few cool things I’ve learned over the years.
Apparently, it’s been statistically proven that there is a direct relationship between how long it takes people to invoke Hitler in an argument and their level of education. Basically, the higher the education, the longer it takes to get to the Hitler comparison. (Who studies this stuff?)
Normally, tears of pain start in the left eye and tears of joy start in the right.
Psychologically, it takes less than 10 minutes to fall in love. However, our brains will not accept the fact until it’s confirmed by the chemicals exchanged during a kiss or other intimate act.
On occasion, people will lie about anything from the very serious to the most trivial, but when a computer asks them to provide answers to security questions, they nearly always tell the truth.
In crowded streets or pathways, people naturally walk on the right. Even the Brits (and other countries) who drive on the left, walk on the right when they’re pedestrians.
There are hundreds of cultures in the world, and they all view and do things differently. However, every person on this planet — from Boston to Borneo — has the same facial expression when they’re angry.
But speaking across cultures — all humans (and a few animals) blush! It’s an involuntary physical response — like being startled by an unexpected noise. The weird thing is blushing is intimately connected to culture, and different cultures blush for different reasons. In other words, blushing is the only involuntary physical response that is triggered by cultural conditioning. Neither scientists nor psychologists can figure out why — or how— our bodies change to accommodate it.
English speakers can recognize words written in a sentence without vowels but not without consonants. (This doesn’t work for all languages.)
Despite what millennials will tell you, there is no such thing as multi-tasking. When the brain has more than one task to perform, it doesn’t do them simultaneously. It switches back and forth from one task to another, over and over again. And even though these changes may be so rapid that they are imperceptible, they still reduce the brain’s ability to complete either task properly.
It seems 35 is a magic number. People under 35 are more stressed, more anxious and more worried about the future; whereas people over 35 are more relaxed. Psychologists believe this is because our subconscious memory recognizes bits and pieces of information from past experiences and that fools the brain into thinking we’re relatively safe because we’ve already been there/done that. However, this also means older people are more easily bored — even with new experiences.
The opposite of paranoia (the belief that people are plotting against you) is pronoia. This is the irrational belief that people are secretly conspiring to make you happy. Oddly enough, this disorder is more widespread than you might think.