We’re keeping it short and sweet for your weekly hit of interesting facts this round. Think you aren’t racist? You are according to science. We also take an in-depth look at what objects tend to get borrowed and never returned via Reddit. Oh and pick-up lines that work according to science. Because science has always been sexy. Said no one ever.
Psychologists Believe Most People Are Racist
Psychologists are claiming that most of us are unintentionally racist even though we think we aren’t. It’s something in the human psyche called “implicit bias” which researcher David Edmonds details via a BBC report.
Implicit bias is measured via an Implicit Association Test (IAT), which can measure anything regarding bias including perceptions towards the gay, the disabled or even the obese – anything. Subjects are shown faces and words which can be positive or negative connotations.
The subject then presses a key whenever they see a black face or a bad word. They press another key when they see a white face or a good word. This process is then switched with a black face and a good word and a white face with bad words. The point is to hit the keys as quickly as possible with your immediate perception whilst a computer measures your speed. The result? “On the race test, most people show some kind of pro-white, anti-black bias. They are speedier connecting black faces to bad concepts than white faces. (Black people are not immune to this phenomenon themselves.)”
You can try the Havard-backed speed test for yourself here to see if you’re racist. Unintentionally of course.
Common Things Men Tend To Borrow And Never Return
Consider yourself the modern day Homer Simpson to an unfortunate Ned Flanders? These are the things men are borrowing that never get returned according to male Reddit users.
- Blu-rays, CDs, games
- USB drives
Chinese Scientists Have Discovered The Best Tinder Pickup Lines
A new report from The Sun reports that scientists from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China know the secret to Tinder love. Via a new study translated to English as “Women prefer men who use metaphorical language when paying compliments in a romantic context”, the scientists suggest poetic language to win over a woman.
These findings included winning lines such as:
- “Your smile is a naughty goblin”
- “Your roof is a lover’s shoulder”
- “Your garden is the sea of flowers”
Let us know how you guys go out there. And Godspeed, space monkey.