Thursday, May 04, 2006

Top 10 Scientific Non-Discoveries

Here is a list of top 10 scientific studies with results that appear to unearth the evident:

1. Mixing drugs and alcohol is bad for you. ("Differential effects of cocaine and cocaine + alcohol on neurocognitive performance," Neurology, June 2000)

2. Drivers who carry guns are more prone to road rage. ("Is an armed society a polite society? Guns and road rage," Accident Analysis and Prevention, Jan. 2006)

3. Too many meetings make you grumpy. ("The relationship between meeting load and ... well-being of employees," Group Dynamics, March 2005)

4. It's harder to see distant objects. ("Why is it easier to see someone close than far away?" Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, Feb. 2005)

5. Potential dates look better when you're drunk. ("Science of Beer Goggles Revealed," Bausch & Lomb press release, Nov. 2005)

6. You shouldn't swallow more than one magnet at a time. ("Multiple magnet ingestion alert," Radiology, Nov. 2004)

7. Smoking costs money. ("The wealth effects of smoking," Tobacco Control, Dec. 2004)

8. When you get older you don't remember ... you know, things. ("Divided attention in younger and older adults," Journal of Experimental Psychology, May 2005)

9. The funny guy gets the girl. ("The influence of humor on desirability," Evolution and Human Behavior, Jan. 2006.)

10. It's easy to lose track of time when you're busy. ("Time estimation: the effect of cortically mediated attention," Brain and Cognition, July 2004)