The Name-Letter Effect Makes You Prefer The Letters In Your Own Name
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You like yourself. You like yourself so much that you may unconsciously seek out partners, places to live, and other things that share the letters in your name. This is what's called the name-letter effect.
You Can't Remember Names Because You're Not Paying Attention
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It's your first day at a new job, and a hoard of your new coworkers come up to greet you with outstretched hands. As they introduce themselves, the only things running through your head are reminders to stand up straight, smile, make eye contact, and give nice, firm handshakes. Great—you nailed your first impression. Now, what were their names? The reason you can't remember is called the next-in-line effect.
Romantic Pet Names From Different Countries
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Romantic pet names vary across the globe. Russians might call a loved one "Vishenka" (cherry), while the Dutch compare their girlfriends to candy or licorice—"Dropje." A 1993 paper called "'Sweet Pea and 'Pussy Cat': An Examination of Idiom Use and Marital Satisfaction Over the Life Cycle" suggested that these cutesy terms could be good for your relationship, illustrating a connection between marital happiness and nickname usage.
Key Facts to Know
English speakers have been using "baby" as a term of endearment since 1694. 2:19
One theory states that babies evolved to be cute as a way to keep their fathers invested in their care. 3:10
One 1993 study found a correlation between the use of pet names and happiness in a relationship. 4:25
Weird Dinosaur Names
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Bambiraptor only weighed a few kilograms, and was probably about a meter long as an adult. Dracorex Hogwartsia truly lived up to its name: its dragon-like head was covered in spikes and bumps.
Key Facts to Know
Dinosaurs (and all other organisms) have two words in their scientific names: their genus, and their species. 0:28
Latin dinosaur names can describe a part of the dinosaur's anatomy, honor a person, or denote the location where the dinosaur was found. 0:55
Dinosaurs found in China often have names that end in "lóng," the Mandarin word for "dragon." 1:29