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Freaky Friday: Studies to make a parent laugh, sigh or wonder about the future of science

Posted Oct 25 2013 1:09pm
Welcome to the start of cold and flu season, the perfect time to remind children to wash their hands thoroughly.

Except if you want them to do well at school.

Folks this news comes straight from Germany. At least it wasn't my tax dollars at work:

After trying to complete an impossible task, research subjects who washed their hands felt better about failing but performed worse on the next test compared to those who didn't wash up. Apparently the soap and water sapped their motivation. Now I'm not really sure what this means for public health, long and hot showers or your kid's report card but someone please, I beg you, tell this baby to relax...


Panicked Newborn Didn't Realize Breathing Would Be On Apgar Test (credit: The Onion)
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