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Pointless & Awesome Things Men Need To Know This Week [26.06.17]

Random information you’ll love but never asked for.

A fresh week calls for a batch of random facts to keep the boredom at bay. Ever wondered why your rolling luggage keeps tipping over when you drag it? How about sharks found living in volcanoes? Or a little something called fidget spinner porn? It’s hard-hitting journalism but not the way you know it. Actually we lie. It’s just cool banter material. 

Scientists Discover Why Wheeled Luggage Always Tips Over

French scientists have gone and done some serious investigations into why your two-wheeled suitcase tips over whenever you’re running for a plane or train. You know, the good old side-to-side wobble before tipping over, exposing all of your magic beans. Researchers say the solution is simple: Speed up instead of slowing down. Another solution, according to these scientists with too much time on their hands, is to pivot the handle so it’s as close to the ground as possible so the the centre of gravity is as low as possible. 

The researchers came to this conclusion when they studied the behaviour of rolling luggage on a treadmill, saying that luggage will do one of two things. Rock side-to-side until it falls over or until it reaches a regular side-to-side swing. In the latter scenario, simply speeding up with minimise the swaying.   


According to the BBC article, researchers explained that, “one should accelerate rather than decelerate to attenuate the amplitude of oscillations. A non-experienced suitcase puller would not react this way. The outcome should not be as dramatic for a suitcase, but it could be troublesome for a trailer towed by a vehicle.”

Mind. Blown.

Sharks Can Live Inside Volcanoes

Sharknados were so 2015. National Geographic and their team of marine biologists recently dropped a camera into the centre of Kavachi, an underwater volcano near the Solomon Islands, to discover that a group of hammerhead sharks were inhabiting its depths.

The real kicker? The volcano is active and regularly spews lava and ash. So not only can sharks kill you in the water and in a tornado, but now you can add a volcano to that list – should you ever venture into one. Next they’ll be telling us that these prehistoric carnivores can spit fireballs.

[via Good]

New Study Finds Sex Doesn’t Sell

Uh-oh. The oldest trick in the book of using sex and scantily clad people to sell could be under threat. That is if the latest studies as reported by Quartz prove correct. 

The meta-analysis and data retrieved by researchers at the University of Illinois, Ball State University, and University of California-Davis examined 78 peer-reviewed advertising studies from 1969 to 2017. In all there were 17,000 consumers from the US, Europe, Australia, and Asia. What did they find?

Sex makes ads more memorable, but consumers who’ve seen it aren’t likely to recall the actual brands or products that were being advertised when compared to regular commercials. That’s a serious blow to those like American burger chain Carls Jr. who rely heavily on scantily clad women to sell their wares.


“We found literally zero effect on participants’ intention to buy products in ads with a sexual appeal,” the report’s lead author, John Wirtz, told the University of Illinois. “This assumption that sex sells – well, no, according to our study, it doesn’t. There’s no indication that there’s a positive effect.”

Fidget Spinner Porn Is Now A Thing

First of all, there is now a thing called ‘Fidget Spinner Porn’. Secondly, what the hell is wrong with people? We’ll never know. The little spinning device which has taken 2017 by storm is now a searched porn theme according the world’s largest porn site, Pornhub.

The stats which coincide with Pornhub’s 10th anniversary reveals some seriously crazy habits of porn habits. ‘Fidget Spinner’ was one of them which topped the search rankings in the month of May. That’s right, people looking for porn featuring a plastic toy for kids more than 2.5 million times every 10 days.

Even more surprising was the fact that it was the 18-24 year-old groups of females who were searching for this quirky taste in adult material. So there you have it. Question every adult who wants a fidget spinner.

[via AFR]


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