Ever feel like everyone on the planet is irrational? That may be only a slight exaggeration. Hundreds of studies have demonstrated that even well-educated people often fail to follow standards of reasoning. One example is the sure-thing principle. Learn more on this Moment of Science.
Ever wonder why Major League ball players only swing with wooden bats and not aluminum? Well, they can’t use aluminum. Mark McGuire hits the ball 500 feet, but with an aluminum bat he’d get 700 feet easily.
Also, earth’s core is a metal sphere 800 miles wide, but just pretend we’ve bored through it. What would be the result? For one thing, you could then travel to the other side of the world in under one hour.
These particular subjects were then matched with people they had not met before to play a game in which the winner was able to blast the loser with an unpleasant noise, the intensity and duration of which were adjustable by the winner.