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Is Cow-Tipping Really Possible? Researchers Show Why Prank Wouldn't Work (VIDEO)

Is Cow-Tipping Really Possible? Researchers Show Why Prank Wouldn't Work (VIDEO)

Commented Sep 13, 2013 at 08:40:22 in Science

“I once watched four drunk guys trying to tip over a very large holstein cow. It was obvious they were never going to succeed, but they kept trying. She was asleep the whole time until the very end, when she startled awake, turned, and bucked, kicking two guys, one in the thigh and one in the hip. The guy who took the kick to the hip was lucky that it was not over to one side about four inches---if you know what I mean. No broken bones, but that dude was limping for weeks.”
Dispositional Attitude Identified By Researchers

Dispositional Attitude Identified By Researchers

Commented Sep 1, 2013 at 12:54:42 in Healthy Living

“I hate that I have a dispositional attitude”

4101alberta on Sep 1, 2013 at 23:12:16

“Congrats! Irony is difficult to bring across in print.”
Wormhole Time 'Machine' Called Best Bet For Back-In-Time Travel

Wormhole Time 'Machine' Called Best Bet For Back-In-Time Travel

Commented Aug 31, 2013 at 15:43:59 in Science

“Since we do not have time travelers in our history, then I am guessing it never happens.”
Men Feel Threatened By Successful Girlfriends, Confirming What We Hoped Wasn't True

Men Feel Threatened By Successful Girlfriends, Confirming What We Hoped Wasn't True

Commented Aug 31, 2013 at 08:42:43 in Women

“Huh. I guess you let it go after all. I thought that since several posts I made after the fact were showing up, you had deleted that one. I guess I jumped the gun a little. Hehe...forgive and forget, eh Moderator?”

DianaLynn1967 on Aug 31, 2013 at 13:37:38

“Sometimes these comments are really slow to post.”
Men Feel Threatened By Successful Girlfriends, Confirming What We Hoped Wasn't True

Men Feel Threatened By Successful Girlfriends, Confirming What We Hoped Wasn't True

Commented Aug 31, 2013 at 08:30:33 in Women

“I saw what you did, Huffington Post Moderator. You did not like me calling your article "garbage." Well, quit printing garbage, and I would not have to say it. Thank you, have a good day.”

David W Peterson on Aug 31, 2013 at 08:42:43

“Huh. I guess you let it go after all. I thought that since several posts I made after the fact were showing up, you had deleted that one. I guess I jumped the gun a little. Hehe...forgive and forget, eh Moderator?”
Men Feel Threatened By Successful Girlfriends, Confirming What We Hoped Wasn't True

Men Feel Threatened By Successful Girlfriends, Confirming What We Hoped Wasn't True

Commented Aug 31, 2013 at 08:26:57 in Women

“I said women "want" to be taken care of. You say this is about women who do not "need" to be taken care of. They are not the same thing. And it does NOT automatically imply women are clingy and weak! It simply states that women want to have a strong male figure, and that will change depending upon her status, from both her and the guy's points of view. The more successful she is, the less likely a guy will feel able to contribute to that aspect of their relationship---a part that most of society tends to teach a boy that to be a man, he has to be the breadwinner, and all of that. Men are competitive for good reasons, as far as evolutionary development goes. So it worked very well for millions of years, and is only changing a little within the last 50 years? Kinda hard to just up and throw away those behavioral strategies out of hand, and unnecessary when it is still valid in many ways that men and women often are not even aware of, or would admit to if they were.”

Josh Lamson on Aug 31, 2013 at 09:10:06

“A lot of girls will straight up admit that they want a man who can take care of them. I don't know why that is so offensive to some, it makes sense from an evolutionary standpoint.

Now that we live in a new world where it isn't quite as essential that a woman have a strong and capable partner, evolution might eventually take us in a different direction, but there is nothing offensive about many of us still being wired a certain way due to 20 million years of evolution, beginning with our great ape ancestors.”
Men Feel Threatened By Successful Girlfriends, Confirming What We Hoped Wasn't True

Men Feel Threatened By Successful Girlfriends, Confirming What We Hoped Wasn't True

Commented Aug 31, 2013 at 08:13:45 in Women

“I do not argue with people who assume they know what I am saying instead of trying to say something meaningful themselves. Do not put words into my mouth (or post?) thank you very much.

If you wanted to have a discussion instead of an argument, I might continue.”

Grinling Gibbons on Aug 31, 2013 at 08:16:23

“Well, I'm disputing your point that women want to be taken care of. Why not start there? Please explain how that concept merges with the topic of this post - women who DON'T need to be taken care of, by design, who through great personal effort have succeeded in taking very good care of themselves and feel very proud and free for having done it. How does that support your theory that women are inherently, universally needy and weak ... i.e "Women want to be taken care of ...."? ”
Men Feel Threatened By Successful Girlfriends, Confirming What We Hoped Wasn't True

Men Feel Threatened By Successful Girlfriends, Confirming What We Hoped Wasn't True

Commented Aug 31, 2013 at 08:11:16 in Women

“And that is definitely NOT what I am saying. So I am dismissing your posts, as well.”
Men Feel Threatened By Successful Girlfriends, Confirming What We Hoped Wasn't True

Men Feel Threatened By Successful Girlfriends, Confirming What We Hoped Wasn't True

Commented Aug 31, 2013 at 08:10:37 in Women

“I did read the article, and I think it is wrong on way too many counts, and so I am dismissing it as garbage.”

notsocool on Aug 31, 2013 at 08:45:13

“That's the only thing you can do with this one David, she'll twist everything you say until you just give up anyway. It's like talking to an offensive wall.”
Men Feel Threatened By Successful Girlfriends, Confirming What We Hoped Wasn't True

Men Feel Threatened By Successful Girlfriends, Confirming What We Hoped Wasn't True

Commented Aug 31, 2013 at 08:03:13 in Women

“Almost every woman will say they are looking for a nice guy, but an awful lot of them will fall for the bad guy. They can't even admit the truth to themselves. They will say that money doesn't matter, yet financial difficulties are often cited as a major factor in a majority of divorces. But I agree with you that a guy should not feel "threatened" by a woman's success, despite how society says HE has to be the "breadwinner" to be the successful man. Her success should contribute to his, not compete against it---and vice versa.”
Men Feel Threatened By Successful Girlfriends, Confirming What We Hoped Wasn't True

Men Feel Threatened By Successful Girlfriends, Confirming What We Hoped Wasn't True

Commented Aug 31, 2013 at 07:56:55 in Women

“You may feel it is an insult to women, but it is nevertheless true. Women want to be taken care of, and it takes success and resources to accomplish that. I can totally understand how a man would feel insecure about not getting those things, because many women DO end their relationships with men who do not cut it for them. Different women have different lines in the sand, though, but it has been my experience (both personal and direct observation of friends and family) that they all have a line somewhere.

As for men wanting clingy women, I am not sure where you get that from. Men want to be needed, yes, and to feel their contribution to the relationship is important. I do not think that is the same thing as wanting someone clinging to them "out of desperation."”

giftsthatpurr on Sep 3, 2013 at 15:58:35

“Both sexes want to be needed. Both want to take care of and be taken care of. Many older men want a housekeeper and a cook as much as they want a sex partner. Many older women want a breadwinner. Times change, and what men and women want changes. Many of us (women) can take care of ourselves quite well - financially and otherwise, as can many men.”

Grinling Gibbons on Aug 31, 2013 at 08:07:00

“"Women want to be taken care of..."

Did you not read this article. If women primarily wanted to "be taken care of" why are they working so hard to acquire the means to take care of themselves, now that they finally can? This article is about HIGH ACHIEVING women - women who need no one, who can well and magnificently take care of themselves. So your point is moot in the context of this discussion. 

What you're saying, though you don't want to acknowledge it, is that men don't want to have to be worthy of women, they just want women to be too desperate to leave them. This can only be attributed to your low opinion of the character of women and your equally low opinion of the quality of most men. I don't think your point holds true for men of truly strong character, as a person (male or female) who has confidence in their own true value and worth, does not seek to hang on to  a partner who has no better options, but to love them as a fully equal human being worthy of mutual respect. ”
Why Plastic Bag Bans Are Being Fought By The Recycling Industry

Why Plastic Bag Bans Are Being Fought By The Recycling Industry

Commented Aug 19, 2013 at 08:17:45 in Green

“Raptures? Is that like those biblical reenactors or something?”
Why Plastic Bag Bans Are Being Fought By The Recycling Industry

Why Plastic Bag Bans Are Being Fought By The Recycling Industry

Commented Aug 19, 2013 at 08:14:56 in Green

“I have heard about this before and cannot help but wonder if there is some other reason why the recyclers would want to avoid the bans, such as how they make a majority of the bags from what would otherwise be waste material, plastics of poor quality and not suitable to a majority of other recycled-plastic products. It seems more probable to me that they would not want the bans so they could keep selling the bags, not so that they could keep getting more in.”
Religious People Branded As Less Intelligent Than Atheists In Provocative New Study

Religious People Branded As Less Intelligent Than Atheists In Provocative New Study

Commented Aug 15, 2013 at 21:47:20 in Science

“No, but like I said, I would like to know more of what types of things they used other than "In the paper, intelligence is defined as “the ability to reason, plan, solve problems, think abstractly, comprehend complex ideas, learn quickly, and learn from experience." " (apparently it is now my turn to paste from the article :D )”

archer95 on Aug 15, 2013 at 21:55:32

“"The meta-analysis was published in Personality and Social Psychology Review."

Though I'm almost positive you need a subscription to access all the information you're looking for.”
Religious People Branded As Less Intelligent Than Atheists In Provocative New Study

Religious People Branded As Less Intelligent Than Atheists In Provocative New Study

Commented Aug 15, 2013 at 18:32:21 in Science

“I misunderstood. My apologies. But uhh...yes, it is rather odd when the subject comes up, I have to agree! I usually feel uncomfortable and try to avoid it, but they never seem to, and in fact they seem quite eager to do so more often than not.”

Hrant George on Aug 15, 2013 at 19:09:22

“You should always bring up the redundant genetics for growing tails that the human species carries- the reason, genetic atavism, that infants are born with tail growths periodically.
That usually stifles the i.d. contingent. If not add to that the redundant genetics for growing teeth in ALL bird species.”
Religious People Branded As Less Intelligent Than Atheists In Provocative New Study

Religious People Branded As Less Intelligent Than Atheists In Provocative New Study

Commented Aug 15, 2013 at 18:20:38 in Science

“I only marked this as a [Favorite] because I missed the [Reply]”

elblanc0 on Aug 15, 2013 at 18:39:19

“Noted. I have removed the mental karma I associated with the original notification. ”
Religious People Branded As Less Intelligent Than Atheists In Provocative New Study

Religious People Branded As Less Intelligent Than Atheists In Provocative New Study

Commented Aug 15, 2013 at 18:19:18 in Science

“I do not know why I bother commenting on anything here. A majority of the time, one of two things happens, and I do not care for either:

1) People turn to pedantic focus on one word instead of even bothering to TRY to understand the intent, or

2) They are not people I want to have a discussion with, period. I get some of my posts screened when they are not as bad as what plenty others post to me. I do not care for HuffPo anymore.”
Religious People Branded As Less Intelligent Than Atheists In Provocative New Study

Religious People Branded As Less Intelligent Than Atheists In Provocative New Study

Commented Aug 15, 2013 at 18:13:59 in Science

“You say "us" as if you were trying to exclude me.

Again, I am simply pointing out that this study appears to be flawed. I am not a fan of pop-science, and even less happy with poor reporting of it.”

elblanc0 on Aug 15, 2013 at 18:19:09

“I was saying us to refer to us atheists and what we're really thinking when an acquaintance or colleague professes their religious belief. It's like a, "Oh, really? Well, that's too bad."”
Religious People Branded As Less Intelligent Than Atheists In Provocative New Study

Religious People Branded As Less Intelligent Than Atheists In Provocative New Study

Commented Aug 15, 2013 at 18:01:36 in Science

“Yes, I read that too. But feel free to just re-post the whole thing.

I am referring to the study itself more than anything, and threw that other bit in there perhaps unnecessarily, especially since it is the only part you seem to have read.

I would like to see more of the study, and review it for bias, except that I think it is probably not worth my time. I have other things to do instead of getting caught up in this for a few days.”

archer95 on Aug 15, 2013 at 19:01:59

“I didn't read the article lol.

Am I the one who completely glossed over the quoted portion of the article?

Am i the one who doesn't realize that this "study" is a culminations of 63 tests over a the course of 80 years?

Glossed over that too?”
Religious People Branded As Less Intelligent Than Atheists In Provocative New Study

Religious People Branded As Less Intelligent Than Atheists In Provocative New Study

Commented Aug 15, 2013 at 17:49:48 in Science

“Oh, I am sure there was no bias in this study whatsoever. I would like to know what "complex ideas" were used in the study, because if it were something like Evolution, then there goes any credibility in the study. It may not be as simple as just explaining that intelligent people do not need religion.

I just think that a belief in something stupid is not the same as being stupid. I know some very smart people who are also rather religious, some quite devout, and a few in particular are smart enough to make me not only question this study, but to dismiss it.”

David W Peterson on Aug 15, 2013 at 18:19:18

“I do not know why I bother commenting on anything here. A majority of the time, one of two things happens, and I do not care for either:

1) People turn to pedantic focus on one word instead of even bothering to TRY to understand the intent, or

2) They are not people I want to have a discussion with, period. I get some of my posts screened when they are not as bad as what plenty others post to me. I do not care for HuffPo anymore.”

Caryn Banker on Aug 15, 2013 at 18:00:21

“"I know some very smart people..." Yes, that's why they acknowledged that the study cannot be a determinant in 'individual' intelligence. There are too many people on both sides that don't fit the mold, too many reasons for individual belief of disbelief.....

It also defines "religious" far too vaguely. I suppose it could be assumed that they only mean Christianity or other religions adhering to a deity or collection of deities. (to be honest, I get the suspicion they are only talking about standard Christianity; as are most commenters here.)

So it's basically an interesting... well, it's click-bait. ;)”

elblanc0 on Aug 15, 2013 at 17:59:46

“Look, I don't care who you are. If you're talking to somebody you think is fairly intelligent and at the end of the conversation the person said that micro-aliens live in his ears who give him the power to fly when no one is looking, it's going to color your opinion of him. That's what it's like for us.”

archer95 on Aug 15, 2013 at 17:52:05

“"I'm sure there are intelligent religious people and unintelligent atheists out there," Silberman said in the email. "The findings pertain to the average intelligence of religious and non-religious people, but they don't necessarily apply to any single person. Knowing that a person is religious would not lead me to bet any money on whether or not the person is intelligent."”
Urban Backyards: 5 Ways City-Dwellers Can Use Small Outdoor Spaces

Urban Backyards: 5 Ways City-Dwellers Can Use Small Outdoor Spaces

Commented Jun 30, 2013 at 17:42:41 in Green

“Another strong recommendation would be to use as many local, native plant species as possible!”

Curlee on Jul 2, 2013 at 00:46:53

“In my case that would be dandelion, crabgrass, and poison ivy.”
Men Cause Menopause? Sexual Preference For Younger Women May Be Behind 'The Change'

Men Cause Menopause? Sexual Preference For Younger Women May Be Behind 'The Change'

Commented Jun 15, 2013 at 07:13:23 in Fifty

“Actually, I would think that the influence on survival rate of grandchildren would only have to exist, even if minimally, to prove enough an advantage. Childbirth was a major cause of death for women, and so the more children she had, the more likely she was to die from one of them. Even a small advantage to grandchildren is a HUGE difference to being dead.

Also, given the increase risks of genetic disabilities in children borne by older women, there wold also be further selective pressure to reduce those childbirths.

What is more, these ideas I mention are not new at all, and I thought were the mainstream hypotheses for the cause of menopause in humans and other animals which experience post-reproductive phases similar to menopause. Furthermore, they actually kinda make sense, whereas the theories outlines in this article do not.”
Babies Can Show Sympathy Before Their First Birthday (STUDY)

Babies Can Show Sympathy Before Their First Birthday (STUDY)

Commented Jun 13, 2013 at 20:20:18 in Parents

“Most people with kids already know this. Do the Daddy-took-the-teddy-bear-away-from-Mommy-and-now-Mommy-is-crying game. Duh.”
Lemperle Glass House Residence Is Seriously A Home Lover's Dream (PHOTOS)

Lemperle Glass House Residence Is Seriously A Home Lover's Dream (PHOTOS)

Commented May 14, 2013 at 21:21:49 in HuffPost Home

“How are the heating and cooling bills?”
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