13 Counterintuitive But True Facts (That Make Us Go "Hmm")
Everyone loves to discover facts that contradict common sense and popular opinion. Here are a few extremely counter-intuitive results from the science archives for your viewing pleasure (and then for the next time somebody asks you a "basic logic" question).
For example, did you know that giving bonuses for performance can actually…decrease performance? Or that in a room of 23 people, there's (somehow) a 50% chance that at least two will share a birthday? What the heck are the odds? Okay, I guess we just told you the odds. But still! How does that math work out?
Ok fine, one more: did you know that flammable and inflammable are actually SYNONYMS? Don't look at us like that, we didn't…invent English. We just write in it. Ed note: most of the time.
So, trust your instincts. Maybe. For example, on emotional matters. Trust the professionals when it comes to facts. Here are 13 examples of how your gut instinct aint always correct.