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Sexiness, Walking, and Setting a Learning Thing Straight

As I write this, it’s April Fool’s Day (and also National Walking Day). So I’m going to share a three things that you might find interesting, but that don’t necessarily go together.

04-01 Little Person Stumbling Block
Really? I didn’t know that.

Possibly a Surprise. Guess what? There’s a personality trait that both men and women find sexy. This surprised people who participated in recent studies, especially women. You’ll have to click the link to find out what it is. (And no, it’s not an April Fool’s joke.)

The first Wednesday in April is National Walking Day. This is new enough that, at this writing, it doesn’t have its own Wikipedia page. I just learned about it today. Maybe next year we can all celebrate.

You can find out more about National Walking Day from the American Heart Association (they started it) or from an article about Colon Terrell, who walked across America. He started in North Carolina when he was 63 years old, walking 20 miles a day. He walked to the Pacific Ocean. He raised funds to support the AHA, and he also inspired quite a few others to go for a walk.

Bogus Percentages. If you have heard that we remember 10% of what we read, 20% of what we hear, 30% of what we see, etc., etc., then sorry. Not so. Will Thalheimer (of Debunker Club fame) has put together a collection of misunderstandings about this along with recent findings.

So, our lessons for today:

  • Nonconformity is sexy. Even for women, even though women (generally speaking) think that men will find conforming to be sexier.
  • There’s a National Walking Day. Next year we should have a party on the first Wednesday in April.
  • We should avoid lists of percentages about how much we remember based on reading, hearing, doing, etc. Somebody made this up. It doesn’t make any sense. There’s no credible research backing it up. Just say no.


Post | American Heart Association (2015) National Walking Day

Post | Brown (2015) Going Around the Block, or Across the Country, National Walking Day Is for Everyone

Post | Dean (2015) Personality Trait

Post | Farrington (2015) Introducing the Debunker Club

Post | Thalheimer (2006) People remember 10%, 20%…Oh Really?

Post | Thalheimer (2015) Mythical Retention & the Corrupted Cone

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