Dunk Your Biscuit Horizontally: 106 Quirky Scientific by Rik Kuiper, Tonie Mudde

By Rik Kuiper, Tonie Mudde

A number of quirky proof and counsel, all sponsored via 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 overseas medical examine yet offered in a tongue-in-cheek style, this book reveals startling truths bound to switch your life—or at the least make you well known at dinner events. interesting and sometimes hilarious, it is going to open your eyes to the quirky technology at the back of the standard. become aware of the easiest time of day to be operated on, how kissing is sweet for hay fever, the best way to look extra clever without problems, and many different information for paintings and residential, for consuming and ingesting, and for a greater love existence.

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Dijksterhuis, A. & van Knippenberg, A. ‘The relation between perception and behaviour, or how to win a game of Trivial Pursuit’ in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 74 (1998), pp. 865–877 30. Use a Lot of Sunscron (Otherwise the Cream Takes Revenge) It may come as a shock to learn that sunscreen, a product that is supposed to protect our skin, can itself harm our skin. What is going on here? If skin molecules are exposed to sunlight, they absorb ultraviolet (UV) rays. During this process free oxygen radicals are created, which in time can cause all sorts of nastiness – from old age wrinkles to skin cancer.

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. 54 Talk About Hƒligans This Australian physicist came up with a formula to calculate how many photos a photographer should take to be 99 per cent sure that everyone pictured would have their eyes open.

Various American scientists asked themselves this very question back in the 1970s. Here are some of their conclusions: O Psychologist Mark Snyder of Minnesota University analysed who had more success: a man, a woman or a man and woman together. The woman alone was the most successful. A couple got a lift as often as a man alone. O Then Snyder told the hitchhikers to look the person behind the wheel in the eye for as long as possible. That seemed to help. Those who looked drivers in the eye got more than twice as many lifts as the hitchers who looked up at the sky or down at their feet.

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