Stuff My Sisters Will Like

To Jenny, Katie and Laura, From Their Brother, Victor

Scatology November 18, 2015

Filed under: Neat,Science,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

An info-graphic about what your poo indicates about your health.

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Very Challenging Puzzles November 12, 2015

Filed under: Neat,Science,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

The Bridge Escape Puzzle (Hint: Delegate!)

The Prisoners’ Hats Puzzle (Hint: Odd or Even?)

The Island of Green-Eyed Prisoners Puzzle (Hint: Imagine if there were just two prisoners.)

 

Live Earthquake Tracker November 10, 2015

Filed under: Neat,Science,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

The U.S. Geological Survey has a live earthquake tracker-map. (May it long remain uninteresting.)

 

“Do Humankind’s Best Days Lie Ahead?” November 9, 2015

Filed under: Economics,Funny,History,Neat,Sci-fi,Science,Stuff,Unconscionable actions,World Peace — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

An entertaining and interesting debate on the proposition: “Be it resolved humankind’s best days lie ahead…”

If you mean over the next few years, then this is very likely so. Things have been getting quietly and incrementally better in most places around the world for a long time. However, if humankind is worse off in 100 years (like following a global thermal nuclear war) then the optimists will have been victims of normalcy bias. It’s like what they say about going bankrupt: “At first you go bankrupt slowly, then all at once.” 

Click here for the results of the debate’s final voting.

 

Unrolling the Scrolls October 28, 2015

Filed under: Catholicism,History,Neat,Religion,Science,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

As Numberphile is to Math,
Bibledex is to Christian Scripture.

 

 

My Page Count Study October 17, 2015

Filed under: Neat,Science,Silly Studies,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

I had a theory and examined 100 various books from my book shelves. How many of them would you predict had an even number of numbered pages? The average of thirteen Facebook friends’ guesses was 78%. The true answer can be found below:

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Confirming “Myths” of Attraction October 15, 2015

Filed under: Economics,Neat,Science,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

 

Does female endowment cause bigger tips?

 

 

Does male wealth cause greater female attraction?

 

 

Analysis:
In the first test, I attribute the increase in females’ tipping to the validating feeling of an attractive female peer smiling and being friendly toward them. (The Mythbusters’ Keri Byron is smiling in every shot.) In fact, this was probably a significant factor in the males’ increased generosity as well. I would like to see impact of the same experiment done again without her smiling at anyone.

In the second test, it seems that the women were not rating the males’ physical attractiveness so much as the men’s overall desirability as theoretical spouses. The test would have been stronger if both groups of women had been asked to rate the “physical attractiveness” of the same headshots with the only difference being that the second group of women would be told “each of the following men have a net worth in excess of one million dollars.” I think males can rate female physical attractiveness with high consistency, while allowing factors (such as belief systems or smoking) to make them more or less interested in dating a particular woman.