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Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Fake Smiles and Women’s Intuition
A study conducted by Professor Richard Wiseman of the University of Hertfordshire and the Edinburgh International Science Festival has found that women may not be as intuitive as they think they are. In fact, men may be more intuitive than women. Study participants "were asked to look at ten pairs of photographs showing smiling faces. One of the smiles in each pair was genuine and the other was fake, and people had to spot the genuine smile." You can take this fake-smile test yourself and see how intuitive you are. I only scored 5 out of 10, so I must not be intuitive at all. However, I have a few doubts about the study. First of all, how do they judge the difference between a fake smile and a real smile? In all the sets of photos the people are obviously posing, so what makes one posed smile real and another posed smile fake? Also, I'm not sure how much you can tell about intuition by looking at pictures, because body language, which isn't conveyed in these still images, has a lot to do with intuition.
Categories: Psychology
Posted by The Curator on Sun Apr 17, 2005
Comments (31)
8/10 amazingly...the picture's are very good, and not so easy to tell as i had expected. Their are many different type of smiles. You should it out!
Posted by Ayesha  in  philippines  on  Mon Nov 07, 2005  at  04:12 PM
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