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Kids with higher IQs may tend to be more likely to try out drugs!

In the 1970’s, British researcher tested the IQ’s of 8000 children, aged 5 to 10 years. Then, they collected information about the individuals’ level of drug use and psychological stress at age 16 and then again at age 30.

As it turns out, males who had a relatively high IQ score at age 5, were 50% more likely to have taken “hard” drugs like ecstasy and amphetamines 25 years later when compared with men who had relatively low IQ scores. Females with high IQ scores were twice as likely to have used cocain and cannabis later in life than their less intellectually gifted counterparts.

These stats persisted even when parental social class, life time household income, and anxiety and depression during adolescence was taken into account. There is no clear, accepted explanation for the correlation between high intelligence and drug use.

While it is possible that there is no direct correlation in the first place but some researchers hypothesize that it may be because individuals with high intelligence are more easily bored and more open to stimulation-no matter how deadly.


Drug-sniffing dogs are wrong more than 50% of the time!

Drug-sniffing dogs can give police probable cause to root through cars by the side of the road, but data shows the dogs have been wrong more often than they have been right. The dogs are trained to dig or sit when they smell drugs, which trigger vehicle searches.

But a Tribune analysis of three years of data for suburban departments found that only 44 percent of those alerts by the dogs led to the discovery of drugs or paraphernalia. Dog-handling officers and trainers argue the canine teams' accuracy shouldn't be measured in the number of alerts that turn up drugs.

They said the scent of drugs or paraphernalia can linger in a car after drugs are used or sold, and the dogs' noses are so sensitive they can pick up residue from drugs that can no longer be found in a car. But even advocates for the use of drug-sniffing dogs agree with experts who say many dog-and-officer teams are poorly trained and prone to false alerts that lead to unjustified searches.

Leading a dog around a car too many times or spending too long examining a vehicle, for example, can cause a dog to give a signal for drugs where there are none, experts said.


Love the Looney Tunes? Here's 10 Things You Should Know

The voice actor for Bugs Bunny once went into a coma, and would respond in character!

Mel Blanc was the voice of nearly every major Warner’s Brother cartoon character including Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, and of course Bugs Bunny. An automobile accident once left Blancs in a coma. 

Doctors tried unsuccessfully to make him talk until one doctor who was a fan of his work tried; “Bugs, bugs bunny? Are you there?” to which Blanc replied “What’s up, Doc?” in Bugs Bunny’s voice. The doctors then began to experiment with several others of his characters and Mel responded similarly. Eventually, the Doctors managed to lead him out of the coma by systematically going through characters until they asked for him. 

He survived his scare with the car crash in 1962, and lived until 1989, shortly after turning 81. His headstone reads “That’s All Folks!”

Mel Blanc was, ironically, allergic to carrots. So much so, that whenever he had to act as Bugs Bunny chewing one, he would record those clips LAST. The sound technicians would take those clips and edit them into the right places.


Painting roofs white can actually help lower the temperature of a city

The idea of painting roads and rooftops white in order to combat carbon emissions has been around for years. It is surprisingly simple and effective and yet has not been implemented much.

A study at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that cooler pavement and roofs leads to cooler cities and an overall cooler world.

Since buildings with white roofs reflect far more sun than those with black roofs, these buildings stay cooler. Less air conditioning has to be used, lowering the overall energy required to run the building.

Also buildings with black roofs heat the space below them and this heat is carried spread by the wind. This raises the ambient air temperature in what is known as the urban heat island effect. Black roofs also radiate energy back into the atmosphere to be absorbed by clouds. This heat is then trapped by the greenhouse effect.

As such, white roofs is one of the quickest and most cost-effective ways to reduce our carbon emissions. In an initiative launched by the Energy Department, the federal government hopes to exemplify the benefits by using these light roofs on their buildings.


Heavily hunted animals live in Chernobyl, because it is safer where there are no humans

In April and May 1986, reactor four at the Chernobyl nuclear plant melted down. Over the course of ten days, it pored out radioactive isotopes that blanketed the area. They killed the pine trees surrounding the plant in a matter of days. Now, the area remains one of the most contaminated ecosystems on Earth.

The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone encompasses 1,600 square miles or norther Ukraine and southern Belarus and is guarded by armed military. The levels of radiation within the zone are dangerous. After the meltdown, the Soviet government took drastic measures to contain the radiation as best they could.

They scraped away the topsoil, sprayed the area with chemicals meant to trap radiation close to the ground, evacuated nearby villages and slaughtered livestock. They left a barren moonscape.Since then, nature has begun to take over again. Not only has the vegetation returned, but wild animals now roam the area.

Bears, boars, owls and wolves have all been spotted in the area. Ironically, since no humans live in the Exclusion Zone, it has become a sanctuary for biodiversity, particularly the wildlife. With no humans there to hunt them, these animals are able to thrive despite the radioactivity.



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