Just the facts

Mike Dwyer – Anchor Staff

“Just the facts” is a column written by our longtime news writer Mike Dwyer. The facts listed below are meant to inspire readers’ interests in bizarre scientific facts and possibly inspire a google search. One of the facts below is false– if you can find the singular false fact, email editorinchief@anchorweb.org and you will win a free ¼ page advertisement.


A team of psychologists from Plymouth University and Queensland University of Technology have found that playing just three minutes of Tetris decreased cravings for drugs, sex and alcohol by 13.9 percent.

Using high speed videography, a group of biologists found that all mammals above three kilograms empty their bladders in approximately 21 seconds and published their findings in the journal “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America” with the hope of clarifying some misconceptions in mainstream urology.

Immunologists at the University of Nevada found that two-thirds of people with chronic fatigue syndrome are infected with XMRV, an aggressive retrovirus linked to prostate cancer in bladder shy mice

A study supported by the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity was able to recreate the bipedal, digitigrade locomotion and parasagittal hind-limb movement of dinosaurs by attaching weighted plungers to the butts of chickens during the growth phase of ontogeny.

Entomologist Michael Smith subjected himself to bee stings on 25 separate body parts to determine which area hurt the most, finding the skull, middle toe tip, and upper arm were the least painful locations, while the nostril, upper lip and penis shaft were the most painful.

A sexually frustrated dolphin named Zafar terrorized beachgoers in the town of Landevennec in western France by rubbing up against boats, lifting one woman in the air with his nose and preventing another swimmer from returning to shore, forcing the mayor to issue a bylaw banning swimming and diving whenever Zafar is in the area.

Researchers at the University of Calgary in Canada and the University of Los Angeles have concluded that the mysterious purple band of atmospheric light known as “Steve” does not have the telltale traces of charged particles that auroras do. The cause of “Steve” remains unknown.

Brain scans have shown that people who self-identify as conservative have larger and more active right amygdalas. A team of psychologists found that social conservatives are quicker to physically look away when shown images of blood, feces, or vomit than their liberal peers, but stared for longer at images of people reacting in disgust to such content.

Scientists have discovered signs of cheese-making on clay vessels collected from two Neolithic villages in Croatia dating back seven thousand years.

While Princeton Geologist Gerta Keller has suffered decades of intense ridicule for arguing that the fifth extinction that killed the dinosaurs was caused by volcanic global warming, it is widely accepted that the eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia resulted in dramatic climatic shifts and may have contributed to Napoleon’s epic defeat at Waterloo in 1815.


Healthcare Scorecard: RI Gubernatorial Race

Lucille DiNaro – Business Manager

The information included in this article is provided only as general information and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation or favoring of any political candidate by The Anchor or by Rhode Island College’s faculty, administration or student body.

With three days ahead before the Rhode Island primary election, the time to research candidates is running thin. This infographic aims to objectively illustrate where Rhode Island Gubernatorial candidates stand on key issues regarding public health. Don’t arrive to the ballot unprepared: your community is counting on your diligence and your vote.  

Ballot Box, photo courtesy of The Harvard Crimson

Gina Raimondo – Democrat 


  • Proponent of the Affordable Care Act
  • Diligent in fight towards resolving the opioid crisis in Rhode Island
  • Confirmed support of the Reproductive Health Care Act
  • Supports cuts to Medicaid

Spencer Dickinson – Democrat


  • In favor of single payer system and universal health coverage
  • Stance on the Reproductive Health Care Act contingent on support of bill by female constituents, given that men “need to listen to women” with regards to reproductive health
  • Opponent of rising prescription drug costs

Matt Brown – Democrat


  • Seeks to reduce prescription drug costs
  • Seeks to transition to single payer system, “Medicare for All” in lieu of Affordable Care Act
  • Confirmed support of the Reproductive Health Care Act
  • Supports extended family leave

Allan Fung – Republican


  • Proponent of protections for citizens with pre-existing conditions under the Affordable Care Act
  • Opposed to late-term abortion
  • No confirmed stance regarding Reproductive Health Care Act

Giovanni Feroce – Republican


  • Opposed to Reproductive Health Care Act
  • Support of Affordable Care Act limited to protections for citizens with pre-existing conditions
  • Prefers issue by issue legislation to all inclusive health policy

Patricia Morgan – Republican


  • Prefers family planning and oral contraceptives to abortion
  • Champions RI HB5671, HB5672, HB 5673, which if passed will grant reciprocity to out of state physicians and loosen regulations surrounding licensure requirements
  • Seeks to reduce the cost of health care