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  1. Someone Stop Them! Science Says Snobby Salespeople May Be The Most Effective

    We've all made a big mistake. Huge.

    If you've ever gotten the stinkeye from a clerk and responded by spending far more than your allotted LEGO budget, you can now take comfort in knowing you're not alone: a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research says customers respond to snobby salespeople by proving their worth with their wallet.

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  2. Popular Science Is Shutting Down Its Comments Section Because Comments Are Bad for Science

    They're also bad for mental health, but that's besides the point.

    Today Popular Science announced that there will be no more comments section on any of their online articles. Why? Because according to a whole bunch of studies, reading polarizing comments in relation to a scientifically factual topic will dramatically skew the way a person feels about that topic.

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  3. Researchers Find Biological Indicator of Being a Rude Loudmouth

    Researchers studying verbal aggressiveness think they may have found a way to track the trait all the way back to the womb. A study by scientists at the University of Buffalo claims to have found a link between verbal aggression and a person's 2D:4D ratio -- a comparison of the length of index and ring finger that can offer insight into levels of testosterone exposure in the womb. The result could be a system for learning whose first instinct is to the tell people to "Come at me, bro," at a very young age.

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