Speaking of science, I discovered this today:

Parachute use to prevent death and major trauma related to gravitational challenge: systematic review of randomised controlled trials

As with many interventions intended to prevent ill health, the effectiveness of parachutes has not been subjected to rigorous evaluation by using randomised controlled trials.

But that’s from 2003, apparently there has been some research done since then:

“To the best of our knowledge, this is the first prospective, randomised, and controlled trial that clearly demonstrates that using a parachute prevents major trauma.”

Filed under “studies nobody is rushing to replicate”

Honey bee sting pain index by body location

Fun facts about the methodology:

The author self-administered five stings per day. The first sting and last sting were the internal standards (forearm). These stings were given a score of “5”, and the three “test” stings were rated relative to the pain of the forearm stings.

To apply the sting, the bee was grabbed by the wings and pressed against the desired sting location. The bee was held against the sting location until the sting was first felt, and kept at the location for 5 s to ensure that the stinger would penetrate the skin. The bee was pulled away after 5 s, leaving the stinger in the skin. The stinger was left in the skin for 1 min, and then removed with forceps.

The author was stung over a total of 38 days

Speaking as someone who was stung on the wrist (4.7) a few months ago, I am pretty sure nobody is rushing to replicate this.


Diseases Caused by Masturbation

A young man, not sixteen years old, became addicted to masturbation to so great a degree, that finally, instead of semen there was an emission of blood, which was followed by excessive pain and inflammation of all the genital organs.

Note: I know this is not true because it has never happened to me.

Evidence we are living in a simulation

There’s no substantial difference between “jump on the turtles when they have these facial expressions in this order” and “gather the tears of a virgin during a full moon.”

So, if we are in a simulation, we would expect there to be bugs in our universe, which might be exploited with just the right series of normally-unremarkable actions. In-universe, we call that magic.

… [Super Mario Brothers 3] was released and done with; our world is still being maintained. So what we would expect to see in our world are bugs/magics that work for a while, but then stop once the god/grad student who maintains our code patches the bug.