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Weird Science Winner #1: You'll shoot your eye out

Reader (and frequent commenter) "n2y2" wins our prize for the most harebrained research proposal -- although, as you'll see, it's not so harebrained that someone hasn't already done it:

I would like to study the leading cause of diminished ocular functionality in the users of toy projectile launchers.

Translation: Do kids shoot their eye out when using BB guns?

Now, since we couldn't actually fund this research, we thought we'd better at least Google it -- and in addition to this horrifying story, we found the CDC's investigation into this very question. In the agency's report, we learn that:

  • Each year in the U.S., about 30,000 persons with BB and pellet gun-related injuries are treated in hospital ERs.
  • 81 percent of those are kids and teenagers.
  • Surprisingly, only a little more than half (53 percent) are boys. (Is this a sign of gender equality? Should we be happy about it, or not?)
  • "Although most (66%) resulted from unintentional shootings, approximately 10% were assaults; suicide attempts were rare (0.1%)." If we're doing our math right, that means that about 30 people every year try to kill themselves with BB guns?!

So, n2y2, the answer is basically yes. Send us your contact info and, heck, we'll include a copy of the CDC report with your book.

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Being cursed with a bad memory can yield snafus big and small, from forgetting your gym locker combination to routinely blowing deadlines. If your New Year's resolution was to be less forgetful in 2018, it's time to start training your brain. The infographic below, created by financial website Quid Corner and spotted by Lifehacker Australia, lists seven easy ways to boost memory retention.

Different techniques can be applied to different scenarios, whether you're preparing for a speech or simply trying to recall someone's phone number. For example, if you're trying to learn a language, try writing down words and phrases, as this activates your brain into paying more attention. "Chunking," or separating long digit strings into shorter units, is a helpful hack for memorizing number sequences. And those with a poetic bent can translate information into rhymes, as this helps our brains break down and retain sound structures.

Learn more tips by checking out the infographic below.

[h/t Lifehacker.com.au]

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