Monday, October 7: Why are you more likely to get injured by a small dog? Hint: Nurture wins over Nature in this case. 

Studies show that bigger dogs usually have better behavior than small dogs, but its not because they’re inherently better animals, it’s because of humans! Owners tend to put more effort into the discipline of larger dogs because they assume that the larger the dog can do more damage so they spend more time and money in training.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0168159110000262

Thursday, August 22: What’s the weird reason that bridesmaids all wear the same color at weddings? Hint: it’s an old tradition from back when bridesmaids not only dressed identically but also the same as the bride herself.

Everyone matching was meant to confuse the evil spirits and anyone else who intended harm to the bride.

In the olden days, brides were sometimes kidnapped. In fact, the reason a best man is the “best” is because he is the best in a sword fight (which it was assumed might occur if a rival came to the wedding for a show-down!). A bride stands on the left so that the groom can draw a sword with his right hand. Dressing the bridesmaids in identical dresses helped make the bride less susceptible to potential kidnapping or attacks. In addition to confusing rival suitors and kidnappers, people believed that it would confuse malevolent evil spirits. Who knew bridesmaids played such an important protective role in weddings!

https://www.rd.com/culture/history-of-bridesmaids-weddings/

 

Monday, August 19: Birth order may affect the success of your marriage. According to John Curtis, Ph. D., “The highest divorce rates are when an only child marries an only child.” What is the most successful birth order combination in a marriage?

Curtis says, “This has been studied very well from a psychological standpoint. The most successful marriages are those where the oldest sister of brothers marries the youngest brother of sisters.”

According to Curtis, it’s a natural fit because the girl has gotten used to taking care of little brothers and the boy has gotten used to being taken care of by older sisters. Curtis also says that two first-borns tend to be a bad match because they butt heads. Though Curtis says marrying a middle child means you are, “strengthening the probability of success,” he cautions against two middle children marrying each other. Other studies have come to similar conclusions; in general, marrying someone of the same birth order has a lower probability of success. Two of the more successful combinations are firstborn with lastborn and middle child with lastborn. Essentially, opposites attract!

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/health/fl-xpm-2010-06-25-sfl-birth-order-062410-story.html

https://www.businessinsider.com/who-you-should-marry-birth-order-2017-1

 

Tuesday, August 13: The oldest couple to ever divorce were 99 and 96 years old; they had been married for 77 years until this unusual final straw…

After Antonio C. found secret love letters that his 96-year-old wife had written in the 1940’s tucked away in an old chest of drawers, the 99-year-old man confronted her and then filed for divorce despite having five children, a dozen grandchildren, a great-grandchild, and a nearly eight-decade long marriage with the woman. The couple lived in Italy, and this was not the first time that their marriage had been through hard times. Ten years prior, the husband moved out and lived with one of their sons for a few weeks. The couple was married in 1934 and divorced in 2011. The wife admitted to the affair of sixty years prior but begged her husband to stay. The letters were the final straw for Antonio, however, and the discovery made this couple the oldest divorcees ever.

Schapiro, Rich. “99-year-old Italian man divorces his 96-year-old wife after finding her secret love letters from the 1940s.” New York Daily News, 29 Dec. 2011, https://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/99-year-old-italian-man-divorces-96-year-old-wife-finding-secret-love-letters-1940s-article-1.998455. Accessed 13 Aug. 2019

 
Wednesday, August 7: What is the secret to longevity, according to a woman who just turned 107?

Louise Signore, who celebrated her 107th birthday on Wednesday, July 31st, says the secret to a long life is, “I never got married.” Staying single is the reason Signore believes she has lived so long, although she does exercise regularly and has a healthy diet. Signore’s sister is 102, and Signore was born in Harlem in New York. This happens to be where the oldest living woman in the United States lives (age 114). So… is the secret to a long life living in Harlem? Does it just run in Signore’s family? Does it have to do with regular exercise and a proper diet? Or, could the secret be what Signore says it is – stay single!

Lou, Michelle. “Woman Turns 107 and Shares Her Secret to Longevity: ‘I never got married’.” CNN, 1 Aug. 2019, https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/31/us/woman-turns-107-never-married-trnd/index.html