25 interesting facts #31

751. People do not, on average, have an aversion towards randomized experiments in policy making (Mazar et al. 2023)

752. If there is a maximum limit to the human lifespan, we are not yet approaching it (McCarthy and Wang 2023)

753. Politicians consistently overestimate how conservative voters are (Pilet et al. 2023)

754. Loyal employees are more likely to be targeted by managers for exploitative practices (Stanley et al. 2023)

755. The 1920 baby boom in European countries that were neutral in the First World War was caused by the end of the First World War, not by the end of the pandemic (Gaddy and Ingholt 2023)

756. In Shark Tank, female investors are 35% more likely to engage with female (rather than male) entrepreneurs (Jetter and Stockley 2023)

757. While overall American Sociological Association (ASA) membership has declined, the number of awards granted to members of the ASA’s constituent sections has grown dramatically (Wilson and Mayrl 2021)

758. Empires that were more connected to seas lasted longer (Sylwester 2023)

759. New methods tend to be more disruptive than new theories in scientific research (Leahey et al. 2023)

760. Professional basketball coaches are more likely to revise their strategy after a loss than a win — even for narrow losses uninformative about team effectiveness (Lefgren et al. 2015)

761. There is systematic racial discrimination in international visa policymaking (Rosenberg 2023)

762. Tightly curled hair provides the most effective protection for the scalp against solar radiation (Lasisi et al. 2023)

763. The first migrants to the United States came not to an empty land but one with settled agriculture, complex production processes, and extensive trade relations (Carlos 2023)

764. There are two critical parameters when tossing fried rice: 1) the frequency of tossing and 2) the phase lag between a side to side motion and a see-saw motion (Ko and Hu 2020)

765. Almost no form of pandemic preparedness helped to ameliorate or shorten the COVID-19 pandemic (Omberg and Tabarrok 2022)

766. There is a systemic bias in favor of White men at multiple stages of Survivor (Kunz et al. 2023)

767. Firms providing harmful products (e.g., alcohol and tobacco) do not necessarily have a low degree of sustainability (Du and Sun 2023)

768. The Birth of a Nation increased local KKK support in the 1920s (Ang 2023)

769. Malpractice pressure induces doctors to prescribe antibiotics that are medically unnecessary, thereby contributing to the rise in antibiotic resistance (Panthöfer 2022)

770. People who know more about the climate are less anxious about climate change (Zacher and Rudolph 2023)

771. When house prices increase, homeowners strengthen their belief in meritocracy (Han and Kwon 2023)

772. In Europe, carbon taxes reduce emissions without having a negative impact on GDP and employment growth rates (Metcalf and Stock 2023)

773. Politicians will generally choose to add rather than remove policies (Kawai et al. 2018)

774. People use effort as a heuristic for quality (Kruger et al. 2004)

775. Racial resentment was a key driver of public support for COVID-19 travel bans in the United States (Gadarian et al. 2023)

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