20 Trivia Knowledge You May Not Know in 2013

12/31/2013

There are few hours left for the year 2013. Before celebrating the upcoming brand new year, some people would like to have a review over the passing year, like the editors in BBC News who have just filed a "100 things we didn't know". You may not be interested in all the 100 stuff since many of them sound irrelevant to your life. Here Acadsoc simply picks out 20 that may have much inspiration for people's daily life and gives brief background information to each. See if you can learn something from them.


1.       The taste of a hot drink varies in cups of different colors.

European researchers found that people thought hot chocolate taste better in orange cups or cream-colored cups, the taste of lemons in soft drinks is better in yellow cups, beverage of cold colors like blue seem better relieve one of thirst than warm colors, and drinks in the color of pink seem more sweet.

 

2.       The reason why people get "prune fingers" in the bath or when swimming is because wrinkled fingers pick up wet objects more easily.

UK researchers believe that the phenomenon of "prune fingers" is the result of human evolution—our ancestors used to move and look for food in wet environments.

 

3.       2% of Europeans will never have an underarm odor—they don’t have the gene for it.

A gene named ABCC11 controls people's earwax and armpit smell. A percentage of people simply do not have it, but most of them are unaware of such fact and still keep using deodorant.

 

4.       Women look oldest at 5:30 in the afternoon every Wednesday.

A study found that this is caused by triple reasons: such time is when one's energy level falls down to valley, work stress is at the peak, and the effects of weekend late nights come out.

 

5.       Fidgeting is good for men in a job interview but bad for women.

A study said that fidgeting help men relax and solve complex problems while the effect is opposite for women.

 

6.       Monkeys stay away from selfish people.

A study arranged two groups of people to interact purposely in front of a group of monkeys. After observing human's interaction, most monkeys refuse to accept food from the person who was set to behave selfishly in the interaction.

 

7.       Plants give off caffeine in their nectar to keep pollinators (mostly insects) loyal.

Over 100 plant species exude a small amount of caffeine and nicotine to frustrate predators as well as keep their pollinators (like bees) loyal to them. Studies proved that bees take nectar with caffeine better remember the scent.

 

8.       Astronauts have shown that tears do not drop in space.

 

9.       Correct spelling and grammar in online dating messages will help increase response rate by up to 37%.

A research showed that net-language, poor grammar and bad spelling are driving online suitors away, with the shortened phrase "ur", "r", "u", "ya", "cant", "luv" and "wat" being most annoying.

 

10.   Children are most likely to get the multiplication of 6 x 8 wrong, and that of 9 x 12 takes them longest time to figure out.

A British school use smartphone app to collect children's repeated calculation results from multiplication tables and find the error rate of 6 x 8 is 63%, while that of 8 x 6 is 60%.

 

11.   Time does not pass faster when you are having a good time.

When recalling an exciting event, people can recall many details and thus tend to overestimate the time that it actually took.

 

12.   Tired men consider women have amorous interests in them.

Professors said that a lack of sleep would have effects on men's perceptual experiences on love and sex. Sleep-deprived men have a stronger will to have sex with women, while this rule does not apply to women, because the latter look for something other than sex from men during dating.

 

13.   If customers in a bookshop smell chocolate, they are 3.48 times more likely to buy romance and 5.93 times more likely to buy cookery books.

Belgian researchers stated that chocolate scent stimulates browsing and can distract bookshop customers who originally have specific goals.

 

14.   Scientists still have little idea of the mechanism of bikes.

If a bike without a rider on is pushed and rolls without control at a high enough speed, it will not really change its direction when there are pushes from the sides. Conventional studies believe it is because of the gyroscopic effect, but actually it is not.

 

15.   Men with wide faces make other people behave more selfishly.

US researchers found this. It is also found that wide-faced men are more likely to succeed in running companies.

 

16.   People tend to pour more white wine into a glass than red wine.

A US research showed that people poured white wine 9% more than red when they were asked to pour "a natural drink" into a transparent glass. And they also poured more wine into a wide glass than a standard one.

 

17.   The original name of Amazon.com Inc. was supposed to be Relentless. If you enter "relentless.com" in the URL bar, you will still be directed to the homepage of Amazon.com.

Jeff Bezos, the company founder, admitted that "Relentless" was one of the first ideas for company name.

 

18.   The most proper time to drink coffee is 9:30–11:30 in the morning.

Studies found that human's cortisol concentration in the blood peaks around 12:00 to 13:00 as well as 17:30 to 18:30. People are suggested to take in caffeine when the concentration falls down to valley. If you insist on drinking an early coffee in the morning, you are advised to go out without sunglasses (sunshine will increase cortisol production in the morning).

 

19.   In mathematical statistics, the chance of meeting your soul mate in your life is 0.0001%.

So don't be too picky when looking for a spouse.

 

20.   Mothers tend to believe that their youngest child is shorter than he or she actually is while they can correctly estimate their other children's heights.

Such is called "baby illusion". Australian researchers found that mothers underestimate their youngest kids' heights by 75cm on average. The baby illusion leads mums to give more care to youngest children.

 

Acadsoc wish you a Happy New Year 2014!

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