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If someone is attractive and charming, you’re more likely to…

If someone is attractive and charming, you’re more likely to assume they’re intelligent and hard working- even if they’re not.

Known as the ‘Halo Effect’, it’s a theory that our generalized judgements of people can bleed over into the more specific judgements we make about them. Studies show that even though we understand the Halo Effect intellectually, it’s almost impossible for us to recognize when it’s actually happening.

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Your brain starts slowing down when you’re 24.This is when the…

Your brain starts slowing down when you’re 24.

This is when the reaction time of people playing video games shows the first sign of decline. You’re not getting dumber, though, because your brain then begins to compensate by relying on experience and mental shortcuts- so your thought process actually becomes more efficient.

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Scientists used a confocal laser microscope to map the…

Scientists used a confocal laser microscope to map the topography of an IHOP flapjack.

When they compared the relative change in elevation to the US Geological Survey’s data for the state of Kansas, they were able to confirm that Kansas really is “flatter than a pancake.”

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The perfect length of time to be on vacation is 8 days.Your…

The perfect length of time to be on vacation is 8 days.

Your health and wellness levels rise rapidly while on vacation, but they peak on the 8th day and return to baseline within your first week back no matter how long you’re gone.

Because lengthier vacations don’t seem to make a difference, experts say the key to improved overall satisfaction is to take more vacations, not longer ones.

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The first time “Google” was used as a verb on TV was on the show…

The first time “Google” was used as a verb on TV was on the show Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

In an episode from October of 2002, Willow asks Buffy “Have you Googled her yet?,” to which Xander replies “She’s 17!” – and Willow then has to clarify that Google is, in fact, a search engine.

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When you’re thinking to yourself by silently talking or arguing…

When you’re thinking to yourself by silently talking or arguing in your head, it’s actually accompanied by tiny muscular movements in your larynx.

So any time you’re mentally talking to yourself, your body is also physically talking a little bit without your knowing it.

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There’s a tiny little island in the Philippines called Vulcan…

There’s a tiny little island in the Philippines called Vulcan Point.

It sits in the middle of Main Crater Lake, which is located on Volcano Island, which is in the middle of Lake Taal, which is on the main Philippine island of Luzon – making it an island within a lake, within an island, within a lake, within an island.

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There’s no such thing as a ‘sugar high.’Research shows no…

There’s no such thing as a ‘sugar high.’

Research shows no evidence that sugar makes kids extra hyper- we’re just so conditioned to think it does that we often perceive ‘changes’ in a child’s behavior when we think they’ve eaten too much sugar, even if they haven’t actually had any at all.

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Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Silence of the Lambs, and…

Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Silence of the Lambs, and American Horror Story all have characters that were based on serial killer Ed Gein, who was so devastated by his mother’s death that he began to make a ‘woman suit’ so he could “become her and literally crawl into her skin.”

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Ravens are smart enough to play tricks on each other.If a raven…

Ravens are smart enough to play tricks on each other.

If a raven knows it can be seen by other ravens, it sometimes pretends to stash its food in one place while secretly hiding it elsewhere so onlookers can’t steal it. This tactic doesn’t always work, however, because the ravens who were watching are often just as intelligent as the raven who was trying to trick them in the first place.

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