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Archaeologists: Hadrian’s Wall Was an Economic Boon to Ancient Britons

Hadrian’s Wall is a 73-mile set of fortifications built across northern Roman Britain to protect it from raiding Picts. It was very costly to the Empire. But according to a 2008 article in the Telegraph, local Celts found it a highly profitable venture: Mr MacLeod, senior investigator for English Heritage’s aerial survey and investigating team, said: [...]

New survey suggests 36% believe in UFOs

According to the results of a new National Geographic survey, over 36% of Americans believe in UFOs. Crucially however the poll failed to define ‘UFO’…

Twin Waterspouts

Photo: Tim Osborn / NOAA Coast Survey Tim Osborn, a scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coast Survey, was on Grand Isle, Louisiana. when he spotted something weird in the sky: "[A man] [...]

Millennials: The Most Selfish Generation Ever?

In the late 80s, the movie Wall Street introduced us to Gordon Gekko, a banker whose motto "Greed is good," is often used as mascot to highlight the selfishness of the young people of [...]

The Effect of Television on Sexual Behavior

Figure 1. A page from the survey form that was given to male participants. by Jennifer A. Zimmerman Psychology Department Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York This study investigates what effect, if any, watching television has on people’s sexual behavior. The Population Problem For populous countries such as China and India, population growth is seen [...]

The World’s Happiest Countries (According to North Korea)

North Korea released the results of their “happiness survey” a few weeks ago (we had the item, but looking at it now would be *wink* cheating). According to the survey, South Korea and the United States are the UNhappiest places in the world. Meanwhile, Today’s Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss asks you to name the top [...]

The Number of the Day: 26%

In a recent survey, 26% of U.S. adults said they’d read a print version of a newspaper the previous day. Back in 2006, that number was 38%. Related Facts: According to the same survey, 17% had visited a newspaper website the day before. Adults under age 50 are now more likely to read newspapers online (19%) [...]

Blurring the lines between sci-fi and reality

A recent survey in the UK revealed that a lot of people believe some sci-fi technologies actually exist. The results revealed that over a fifth of tho…

The 3-Year Glitch is the New 7-Year Itch

It used to be that couples lose romantic interest in each other after seven years of marriage. Thanks to modern life, however, the “seven-year itch” has been upgraded to the “three-year glitch”: The survey of 2,000 British adults in steady relationships pinpointed the 36-month mark as the time when relationship stress levels peak and points to [...]

Who Exactly Is J.D. Power?

It feels like every car commercial you see touts the vehicle’s sterling showing in a J.D. Power and Associates survey. The awards are bandied about as if their origins are common knowledge. But who exactly is J.D. Power, and who are his much-discussed associates? Let’s take a look at the man behind the car ads. [...]