Bad idea: driver won't sign $80 citation, drives away from cop

An Oklahoma cop handed a driver an $80 ticket for having defective equipment on her truck. She said she wouldn't sign it, "because I don't wanna pay $80." The cop told her to get out of her truck. "You're under arrest," he said. She drove away. He followed her and found her in her truck in a parking lot. He pointed a Taser at her and yelled at her to get out of the truck. She refused so he pulled her out. A struggle ensued and he shot her with the taser, but it had little effect. Eventually, he handcuffed her. When she complained about being Tased the cop said he did it because she kicked him. She denied it, but then admitted, "Yes, I tried to kick you because I'm a country girl."

It gives me no joy to post this, but I think it offers an interesting look at an interaction between two people who assume they have authority over each other.

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Pornography use increased when Fortnite crashed for 24 hours

The Journal of Behavioral Addictions found that when people can't play Fortnite they will masturbate.

In April 2018, the servers of the popular video game “Fortnite” crashed for 24 hr. During this period, Pornhub (a popular pornographic website) analyzed trends in pornography access, finding that: (a) the percentage of gamers accessing Pornhub increased by 10% and (b) the searches of pornographic videos using the key term “Fortnite” increased by 60%.

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Cat poop parasite may influence someone's entrepreneurial spirit

Toxoplasma gondii infection has been linked to all kinds of human behavior. Now a study has linked it to risk-taking entrepreneurial behavior. Read the rest

We can size up other people by the sound of their roar

A team lead by Jordan Raine, a behavioral ethologist at the University of Sussex, found that people are pretty good at guessing the relative size and strength of other people just by hearing their roar.

From Scientific American:

First, researchers took the circumference of 61 men's and women's biceps, measured their grip strength, and their height. Then they told 'em to let loose a roar.

"I would probably describe it as the most hellish version of Groundhog Day you can think of." Jordan Raine, a behavioral ethologist at the University of Sussex. "If you just imagine 30 actors in training coming into a small room one after another and roaring at you, um, yeah it was an experience, that's for sure."

His team then played those roars back to a separate group of male and female listeners, who'd also been measured for strength and size. They found that men correctly rated other men as substantially stronger than them 90 percent of the time, based on roar alone.

Men did tend to underestimate women's strength by the sound of their roars,

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The best way to greet a person if you can't remember whether or not you know them

It's happened to all of us. You are at a party or business meeting and people are greeting one another. One of the people in the group looks vaguely familiar or the contextual clues suggest that you are supposed to know the person. What's the best way to navigate this potentially awkward social situation? Lifehacker has a solution: say, “Hey, do I know you from somewhere...?”

On NPR’s Hidden Brain podcast, they share a simple way to find out if the person you’re greeting is a stranger or someone you should know. Aim to say this in a light or neutral tone so it comes off as natural. As you shake their hand or give a quick wave, say, “Hey, do I know you from somewhere...?”

If they say no, play it off with, “Oh, you just looked a little familiar. Wonderful to meet you!”

If they say yes and mention how you know each other, follow up with, “Yes, that’s right. So good to see you again!” Of course, this only works one or two times with the same person, so if you have a strong feeling you’ve met them before (and maybe used this trick), go for something more general like, “Hey, how are you?”

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