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Everyday Things that are The Placebo Effect at Work

For everything that humans are good at, we can be pretty dumb sometimes. For a lot of people, the process of thinking something is working is more important than it actually working, so we get weird things like unnecessary loading screens and needless weights in headphones. For more intriguing behind-the-scenes work, here are sketchy secrets from various industries.

Things that are the placebo effect | hibikikun 11.6k points 2 days ago Loading spinners on web pages once had user complain web app too slow (and pretty fast So tested him by making animation spinner spin much faster. He went my boss praise much faster web app spin.js is using)
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Tumblr Thread: The Cold-Blooded Freak Devil Cave Goat

Tumblr looked at this evolutionary dead-end of a forward-eye-facing cold-blooded cave goat and decided: "good." Sometimes tumblr gets ahold of some biology or history knowledge and extrapolates the ever-loving reality out of it like when they went full mythological science on dragon evolution. For another interesting learning experience here's Tumblr's thread on Kudzu, the monster plant waging war with everything.

Tumblr thread on strange cold-blooded cave goat | RE tilthat Follow TIL cave goat went extinct approx. 5,000 years ago is first known mammal have become cold-blooded. Their bone growth rate is unlike any other mammal, and more similar crocodiles showing slow and adaptive rates environmental temperature. via http ift.tt/2vtQOYg r-evolution-aries Follow goat's binomial name is Myotragus balearicus kind an oddball lot other ways, too, an example being had forward-facing eyes, giving stereoscopic vi
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When we saw the milk go on we thought it was just an extremely dumb joke, but nah, those toothpicks are doing some cool-ass physics junk.

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Here's a skilled craftsman showing a handy little trick to cutting string when there's no knife around. He makes it look way too easy. Depending on how soft your hands are this will probably go differently.

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Tumblr Thread: Scientific Language Is A Punny Goldmine

This fun Tumblr thread highlights how scientific language is way more punny than it gets proper credit for. Just think, if some of us had paid more attention in science classes growing up, we might've noticed all these gems. Fruity fly people sound like a whole lot of fun. 

Check out another fun thread from the brilliant minds of Tumblr that highlighted how Pokémon's probability system is madness.

Tumblr thread highlights how scientific language is full of hilarious puns | fuckingflying hate linguistic anthropology. Why? One most influential experiments linguistic anthropology involved teaching chimp asl. One most influential linguistics is named Noam Chomsky know chimp's name Nim Chimpsky. Fucking monkey pun. | There's group very important genes determine if body develops right shape/ organization they are called hedgehog genes, because fruit fly geneticists are all ridiculous different
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Tumblr Thread: Humans Are Team, "Hold My Beer"

This fun Tumblr thread points out how humans are absolutely team, "hold my beer." Tumblr never fails to get the strangest and most disorienting rabbit holes going. If you're looking for more gold from Tumblr, check out these Tumblr comedy gems to keep your day rolling.

Funny Tumblr thread points out that humans are team, "hold my beer." | lyrangalia Follow prokopetz Random Headcanon Federation vessels Star Trek seem experience bizarre malfunctions with such overwhelming frequency isn't just an artefact television serial format. Rather s because Federation as culture are bunch deranged hyper-neophiles, tooling around ships packed full beyond-cutting-edge tech they don't really understand. Endlessly frustrating if have fight them, because they can pull an effect
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"I'll Do It Myself" Moments in History

When it comes to a particular scientific breakthrough, or generally trying to prove something can be done, sometimes it comes down to one person putting it all on the line and hammering it out themselves. History is pretty wild, but also this Tumblr thread proves why mundane people are incredibly important to history. Also, here's the very fast story of the first soldier to take way too many military-grade amphetamines.

Stories from history of times someone just did something themselves | pyrangarlit 35.0k points 1 day ago edited 1 day ago John Snow (not one father epidemiology No one believed him Cholera outbreak is now Soho because contaminated water pump. He broke They arrested him vandalism and held him until outbreak suddenly ended
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Tumblr Thread: Absurd Realities Of The Scientific Language

This is one of those Tumblr threads that's just pure comedy gold. We get a look at how ridiculous the realities of the scientific language are. Scientists would seem to enjoy using a rich vocabulary to illustrate various mishaps and occurrences within the lab. 

A Tumblr thread about how the scientific language makes for ridiculous reports | if read frog paper "specimen released field immediately after capture" chances are very good actually means is dropped damn frog and despite fact fell all over each other no one could recapture "
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Ridiculous Individuals Who Believe They're Geniuses

The internet isn't lacking absurd individuals who think they're utter geniuses. It's full of folks who are convinced that they're so enlightened that it gives them an excuse to be a jerk, ruin jokes and call very normal strangers morons. The web is smeared with their cringeworthy bragging. It's like some folks think using a new word they learned yesterday will give them psychic powers.

People who aren't smart but brag about being intelligent online | Laugh away know divide by zero haven't figured out mathematical/physical ramifications my discovery all way, yet, but needless say feel great responsibility research its effects on reality before publishing my work. Like said, laugh away, but outpaced Einstein and Steven Hawking by discovering math they couldn't envision *and withholding my ideas until ok with understanding will happen public expect release this new, outrageously
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Psychology Experiments With Fascinating Results

This weird and educational AskReddit thread has folks sharing various psychology experiments that turned up interesting results. A whole lot of these results just illustrate a larger picture that our brains are these strange instruments that are doing the best they can, in a reality they're taking their best guesses at. Some studies are more unsettling than others, so proceed at your own risk. 

People describe various psychological studies that turned up interesting results | AverageJames23 1y Not psychologist, but one where given choice between sitting down doing nothing and shocking oneself, people tend choose shock. Ergo would choose pain over boredom.
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In these trying times, you wouldn't think John Lajoie of The League and "Show me Your Genitals" fame would come back to record another song. Things are weird right now, but the message is on point.

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Stuff Movies Get Wrong and Don't Care to Correct

We get that movies are all about getting as much plot and action across in as little time as possible, but that leads us to some interesting and totally unrealistic scenes that can make movies seem laughably unbelievable. We get it, they're movies, but dude, there's tons of stuff in movies that are just not like that in real life.

Things movies keep getting wrong | ditchdiggergirl 15.8k points 2 days ago Pretty much any scene involves biologists Look DNA is perfect match as computer superimposes two identical graphics are basically just symbol DNA .
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Dudes do the Math on If a Fart Could Propel Someone in Zero G

Finally, the answer to the question that's been burning you up inside for years. Given that this is all about getting around space using the force of pushing gases out of valves, this is technically rocket science. For another fun physics lesson, here's Tumblr uncovering the legend of the fastest manhole cover ever. For more fart stuff, here's deaf kids learning about farts.

Guys chat about the math and physics using farts as propulsion in space | If floating zero g with no momentum essentially stuck space space station and, let's say there are handholds nearby 1 meter away and way 90kg hard would have fart propel body nearest handhold weigh Completely dependent on fast want get there As fast as possible suppose need determine capabilities human anus withstand explosive forces. don't know if fart would have propelling force similar on Earth as zero g
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"Coconuts as Mammals" gets Tumblr Started on Animal Classification

Tumblr discussions have the tendency to rewrite things you felt were pretty well defined, and add some creativity into the mix. With a group of people with so much time on their hands and an interest in animals, you end up with stuff like like this Tumblr thread on how cats became domesticated. For some goofy animal creation jokes, here are funny tweets about god making animals.

Tumblr user says a coconut is a mammal and starts discussion on classifying different animals | just-shower-thoughts Mammals both produce milk and have hair. Ergo coconut is mammal. maliwanhellfires know being facetious, but this is an actual issue with morphology-based phylogeny.
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Tumblr Thread about Depicting Prehistoric People as Cool Dudes

It's kinda hard to look at our distant ancestors as people who had thoughts and feeling similar to ours. Like yeah, a neanderthal didn't know what it felt like to be stuck in traffic, but they still had families and priorities. This Tumblr thread expresses an interesting way of thinking about life before us. Tumblr can actually make history fun. For some more historical stuff, here's Tumblr's discussion of where ideas for some mythical creatures came from.

Tumblr thread about ancient humans having feelings and being reconstructed with smiles | today things disproportionately emotional about thrill-be-damned 's facial reconstructions prehistoric humans like, look at this part-homo sapiens, part- neandertal man well over 30,000 years ago doesn't he just look like dude wanna hang out with?
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