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  • Quote:"Modest? Shy? Reluctant to tell everyone how brilliant you are? If you're male, you can probably add 'single' to that list.
    'New men' beware: Research has revealed women don't like modesty in a man.
    Instead, cocky types are more likely to win their hearts, with Simon Cowell's arrogant attitude more appealing than Hugh Grant's bumbling on-screen behaviour.
    Other men also find male modesty an unattractive trait – perhaps because they believe that bashful boys are letting the side down.

    // Thus, the codpiece.

  • Quote:""I'll build a huge arena with a smooth hard wooden floor and around the perimeter a naked iron hand-rail. I'll invite people to come down to the arena and strap wheels onto their feet and skate round n' round the arena floor. They won't be equipped with helmets, shoulder-pads, or knee-pads. I won't test their skating competence, nor separate skaters into lanes. Speedsters will intermingle with toddlers and grandparents, all together they will just skate just as they please. They'll have great fun. And they'll pay me richly for it!"

    Knowing nothing of skating, you would probably expect catastrophe. You exclaim:

    "How are 100 people supposed to skate around the arena without guidance or direction? Each skater traces out a pattern, and the patterns must mesh so skaters avoid injury. That's a complex problem. It would require smart leadership. But it won't get solved! The arena will be a scene of collision, injury, and stagnation. Who will pay for that?!"

    // Hmmmm…

  • Quote:"Klein and a Zogby researcher reviewed 4,835 people’s answers to eight simple economic principles, like:

    “‘Restrictions on housing development make housing less affordable.’ People were asked if they: 1) strongly agree; 2) somewhat agree; 3) somewhat disagree; 4) strongly disagree; 5) are not sure.”

    This seems like a no-brainer. Restrictions make anything less affordable. Yet the:

    “percentage of conservatives answering incorrectly was 22.3%, very conservatives 17.6% and libertarians 15.7%. But the percentage of progressive/very liberals answering incorrectly was 67.6% and liberals 60.1% …

    // D'oh

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