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netflix study reveals binge watching stats and movie pairings
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In a new study, Netflix found out what 86 million members across 190 countries watch after they finish binging on a TV show and how long it takes them to dive into another one.

The results? 59 percent of viewers give it about three days before moving on to their next show, while 61 percent simply watch a movie. The point is, we never stop watching something apparently.

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The study went even farther, looking at what movies people commonly watch after a good binge. They found that people like to stay in the same genre when going from binge watch to movie watch. According to TIME, “After finishing all four seasons of House of Cards, viewers often watched Beasts of No Nation. Bingers of Gilmore Girls went on to watch Sixteen Candles and The Princess Bride. Bloodline was frequently followed up with a serving of Spotlight for dessert”

Narcos watchers followed up on their interest in drug trafficking with documentaries like Cartel Land and Narco Cultura. Fans of Marvel’s Luke Cage took in 13th, Ava DuVernay’s documentary about race and the American criminal justice system. BoJack Horseman devotees tended to prefer stand-up comedy specials, but a good number of them hunkered down with a motivational speaking superstar in Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru.”

You can read the whole study over on Netflix’s blog or just look at that handy graphic above. With the holiday break coming up, this pairing menu will certainly take some of that hard decision making off your hands.

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study finds that millenials are the worst houseguests
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In addition to demanding their participation awards, only being concerned with their Twitters, and never fighting in World War II, millenials have topped the list of “Worst Houseguests,” according to a study by HomeAdvisor, making them the worst, officially.

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The study, which looked at the biggest houseguest annoyances and habits among 2,000 people in the U.S., found that among millennials, Generation Xers, and baby boomers, millennials exhibit the worst behavior. Not only do millennials crave positive reinforcement, but also they are most likely to exhibit the same habits that bother them. I didn’t think that something that was already the worst could get any worse, but here we are.

According to Apartment Therapy: “When it came to copping to their own bad behaviors, millennials admitted to the most offenses of all three generations—16 out of the 27 on the list, as compared to 9 for Gen Xers and only one for baby boomers (cleaning without asking first). Among the list of offenses millennial respondents admitted to? Showing up early, not treating the host to a meal, eating too much food, not offering to help with cooking or chores, making too much noise, and never making their bed.”

Check out the list of bad habits millennials have below and the rest of the list here. I’m sure you’ll agree that no matter how bad you thought millennials were, they’ll inevitably find something to make the that much worse. Ugh. It’s, like, give it a rest with being the worst already.

Study of The Day: Pew Research Shows 40 Percent of Millennials Would Censor Offensive Speech
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America: Land of the free and home of censorship?

A new study by Pew Research shows that American Millennials are far more likely to support the government banning offensive speech about minority groups than other generations.

Of those aged 18-34, 40 percent support censoring offensive speech.

"We asked whether people believe that citizens should be able to make public statements that are offensive to minority groups, or whether the government should be able to prevent people from saying these things. Four-in-ten Millennials say the government should be able to prevent people publicly making statements that are offensive to minority groups, while 58% said such speech is OK."

Although this statistic might be shocking to some free speech advocates, it really should be taken with a large grain of salt.

Nearly two-thirds of Americans still say "offensive speech" should be allowed. And out of 38 other nations polled, the median was 35 percent.

There's also a difference in education levels and support for limiting speech. Those with a high school degree or less are 9-percentage-points more likely to support censorship.

You can draw your own conclusions with that last statistic.

Infection of The Day: The World Health Organizations is Pretty Sure You Have Herpes
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You probably, maybe, definitely have herpes. And there's nothing you can do about it.

According to a report from the World Health Organization, about 67 percent of the world's population, or 3.7 billion people under the age of 50, have herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1).

That's the mouth kind of herpes. You know, the one that gives you a cold sore.

Not so fast though! HSV-1 can also spread to the genitals.

"The new estimates highlight, however, that HSV-1 is also an important cause of genital herpes. Some 140 million people aged 15-49 years are infected with genital HSV-1 infection, primarily in the Americas, Europe and Western Pacific. Fewer people in high-income countries are becoming infected with HSV-1 as children, likely due to better hygiene and living conditions, and are instead at risk of contracting it genitally through oral sex after they become sexually active."

In January, estimates showed that 417 million people aged 15-49 years have HSV-2, which causes genital herpes.

So adding those numbers together...over half a billion people have some form of herpes.

Science of The Day: Study Shows Humans Really Hate Being Touched Anywhere by Strangers
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It's common knowledge that some people just aren't "huggers," but a new study shows that number might be much higher than you think.

Oxford University, in conjunction with Finland's Aalto University, produced the largest study ever on physical contact by interviewing over 1300 men and women in five different countries (Britain, Finland, France, Italy and Russia).

The results were shocking.

Well, not really. They basically found that humans really, really dislike having strangers touch them anywhere except their hands.

A couple interesting findings were that women are overall more comfortable with physical touch, and everyone is more comfortable with physical contact with their mothers than their fathers.

Next time you meet a stranger, maybe think twice before going in for the hug.

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Science is proving what we all expected from the very start.

Obnoxious men who catcall are most likely compensating for something else.

A study published Wednesday finds that monkeys with louder calls used to attract females also tend to have smaller testicles.

The research studied Howler monkeys, the loudest species on the planet with a roar that can be heard three miles away.

"In evolutionary terms, all males strive to have as many offspring as they can, but when it comes to reproduction you can't have everything," lead researcher Jacob Dunn of the University of Cambridge's Division of Biological Anthropology told U.S. News & World Report.

Basically—The louder the howl to attract females, the smaller the balls and less sperm said balls produce.

Science is fun.

Study find that 33 percent of vegetarians cheat while drunk.
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It's ok, veggies. If you're drunk, it doesn't count.

A new study by money-saving website Voucher Code Pro found that a full third of self-described vegetarians cheat after they've been drinking.

According to The Telegraph:

One in three have also said they eat meat every time they were drunk on a night out with kebab meat and beef burgers being the most common.

Around 39 per cent said they ate kebab meat when they were under the influence, while 34 per cent said they opted for beef burgers.

Twenty-seven per cent of 'vegetarians' said they ate bacon, with 19 per cent devouring fried chicken and 14 per cent eating pork sausages.

But 69 per cent of vegetarians said they did not tell anyone after they had eaten meat.



The study questioned 1,789 people in the United Kingdom who considered themselves vegetarian.

What no one seems to be asking is why a coupon website decided to branch out into conducting diet research. Did they have a secret vendetta to uncover their suspicions about them cheating vegetarians?

Regardless, now you have some semi-scientific ammo if the vegetarians in your life get preachy.

World Wildlife Fund study finds that the number of marine life in the ocean has halved since 1970.
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There may no longer be plenty of fish in the sea.

A new study from the World Wildlife Fund arrived Sept. 16 to give you that particular sinking feeling that can only be found in the apocalyptic state towards which the world is slowly deteriorating.

The study, which has yet to be peer-reviewed, found that marine life has declined by half, half, since 1970.

Analysis by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) of the population trends of marine species as presented in WWF's Living Blue Planet Report - an updated study of marine mammals, birds, reptiles and fish - shows a decline of 49 per cent in the size of marine populations between 1970 and 2012. As well as being disastrous for ecosystems, these findings spell trouble for all nations, especially people in the developing world who depend heavily on the ocean's resources.

The findings are based on the Living Planet Index, a database maintained and analysed by researchers at ZSL. Following alarming statistics raised in the Living Planet Report 2014, revealing huge declines in vertebrate populations around the world, this special report studies how overfishing, damage to habitat and climate change are affecting marine biodiversity.

The analysis tracked 5,829 populations of 1,234 species, from sea birds to sharks to leatherback turtles, making the data sets almost twice as large as past studies.



With fun subheadings like "Global food supply depleted" and "Devastating figures", the study credits climate change with causing the crazy decline.



Luckily, our national leaders are all firmly committed to reversing carbon emissions and slowing the steady pace of man-made climate change.

I've got to go lie down.

Ashley Madison was a a scam full of dudes and no women.
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Like an onion, this whole Ashley Madison thing gets stinkier as you peel back the layers.

After the data breach, the ruining of several lesser celebrities and some unfortunate losses of life some new research has come to life that makes the whole thing even more of a sh*t show.

After much speculation going around, it was the diligent research efforts of Gizmodo that actually analyzed all that data to determine how many, if any, women were actively using the site.

This isn't a debauched wonderland of men cheating on their wives. It isn't even a sadscape of 31 million men competing to attract those 5.5 million women in the database. Instead, it's like a science fictional future where every woman on Earth is dead, and some Dilbert-like engineer has replaced them with badly-designed robots.

Those millions of Ashley Madison men were paying to hook up with women who appeared to have created profiles and then simply disappeared. Were they cobbled together by bots and bored admins, or just user debris? Whatever the answer, the more I examined those 5.5 million female profiles, the more obvious it became that none of them had ever talked to men on the site, or even used the site at all after creating a profile.



Basically, the engineers kept the profiles of the inactive women front and center to give the site more of a party vibe, then would bot responses to the millions of salivating doinks, before those ravenous louts realized the site was trash and took advantage of the elite feature and paid Ashley Madison to delete all their information. Which never happened.

There were tons of bots created and other hijinks, but Gizmodo found the most important detail to be in how many accounts checked their messages.

Then, three data fields changed everything. The first field, called mail_last_time, contained a timestamp indicating the last time a member checked the messages in their Ashley Madison inbox. If a person never checked their inbox, the field was blank. But even if they'd checked their messages only once, the field contained a date and time. About two-thirds of the men, or 20.2 million of them, had checked the messages in their accounts at least once. But only 1,492 women had ever checked their messages. It was a serious anomaly.







Gizmodo did a fantastic job on the research and the whole, long story is well worth reading.

But even if not, this information is a rotten cherry on the putrid sundae of infidelity.

A scientific study says smoking weed makes it less likely you'll get obese.
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You know you need less guilt in your life, so along comes science to give you the go ahead for picking up that bong.

A study that came out earlier this year proclaims a whole lot of good news for those who find recreation in a cannabis variety.

Essentially, the conclusion says that, within the confines of their data, marijuana use leads to a lower body mass index. Meaning, pot makes you skinnier.

The AV Club does a splendid job of summarizing the findings:

the brilliant researchers found that in their sample population—786 Nunavik Inuits whose health data were surveyed in 2004—marijuana use also corresponded with a lower incidence of diabetes. The authors of the study do caution that some "caveats must be considered when interpreting their results." In other words, you should definitely smoke dope right now because it would be irresponsible not to fill your body with that nourishing, disease-fighting devil weed.

You'd think this sort of habit would pile on the pounds, but don't worry, science has accounted for that. In their study, the researchers from the eminent and infallible CHU De Québec Research Center write, "Frequent cannabis use is associated with higher caloric intake, but investigations into overweight/obesity have yielded inconsistent results." See? The results are inconsistent, so go ahead and eat as much as you want—but only if you ingest plenty of that wholesome, slimming giggle grass first.



So there you go! It's never too late for beach body 2015 and science has the weight loss tip of a lifetime.

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Women As Fine Art of the Day: Underwear/lingerie manufacturer Triumph Australia has begun promoting a shift in body type labels from the common association with fruit (e.g. apple shaped, pear shaped, etc.) to a supposedly more flattering association with famous painters (e.g. da Vinci for "straight up and down," Rembrandt for "full bust and bottom," etc.).

Which iconic artist are you?

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