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 email@example.com 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.