Friday, October 7, 2011

Things I learned this week

I learned that:
• Women not only prefer deep male voices to high pitched ones, they pay more attention to what they say, according to a new study at the University of Aberdeen.

• After shutdown of 39 of their 54 nuclear reactors, the Japanese got through this summer successfully by changing behaviour to reduce energy usage at the request of their government. That meant turning off air conditioning and office lighting, ditching suits and ties, working on weekends and in the cooler hours, and taking the stairs instead of elevators, among other measures.

• If you roll over in the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG coupe, you cannot open the "gull-wing" doors because they are hinged at the roof. To get around this problem, the car has explosive bolts that fire when the car is upside down, allowing driver and passenger to exit.

• To ensure passengers can enjoy the full, throaty, resonance of its engine, despite the hush created by excellent soundproofing, the new BMW M5 can play those engine sounds through the car's sound system.

• The human heart beats 40,000,000 times every year of your life. It’s lifting about 7 tonnes of blood a day, and that’s about 2 very large aircraft carriers in a lifetime.

• Customers are more likely to buy from salespeople who mimic their speech and behaviour, according to an experiment at Université de Bretagne-Sud in France.
How about that?

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