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October 4, 2017 | 2 Comments » | Topics: Answers |

What’s it like to have an extremely high IQ?

Years ago, aged eighteen, I joined MENSA. I left after a year, having seen ample evidence to support the old description of MENSA as “The society for people impressed by their own intelligence”. In truth, the whole organisation was creepy. Anyway, when I applied they sent me an IQ test which you sent in to be scored. If you scored highly enough they asked you to attend a monitored exam. I scored 158 on the test at home and 159 when I went to London to be tested.

I have never encountered anything, either at school, university or at work that has been intellectually difficult for me. I got an English degree and a law degree and barely worked to get either. My memory has always served me well. I quickly see patterns that others don’t seem to notice (that’s your IQ test sewn up right there) and just find concepts come easier to me than to a lot of other people. I do get bored with most subjects quite quickly but, so far, so good.

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A Few Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

September 27, 2017 | 2 Comments » | Topics: Answers |

What is it like to be a woman in Saudia Arabia?

“I got into an accident in a taxi, and the ambulance refused to take me to the hospital until my male guardian arrived. I had lost a lot of blood. If he didn’t arrive that minute, I would’ve been dead by now,” tweeted Rulaa, 19-year-old Saudi Arabian female teenager in October 2016.

In December 2015, women were allowed to vote and stand in elections in Saudi Arabia for first time in the modern history of the kingdom. The religious establishment opposed the move with the Grand Mufti describing it as “opening the door to evil”, while women’s rights campaigners said it heralded a turning point for women’s rights in this tightly regulated absolute monarchy. In the same year, a gender gap index by the World Economic Forum ranked Saudi Arabia as among the worst countries to be a woman, placing it at 134 out of 145 nations. Did the election signal an improvement in the status of women in Saudi Arabia, or was it window dressing?

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Questions And Answers From World War 2

September 26, 2017 | 3 Comments » | Topics: Answers |

What became of the children of high-ranking nazis? How did they deal with the actions of their parents later in life?

There’s a book on this subject called “My Father’s Keeper – The Children of Nazi Leaders – An Intimate History of Damage and Denial: How Nazis’ Children Grew Up with Parents’ Guilt” written by a German journalist called Stephan Lebert. He did a series of interviews and general research on the children of high ranking Nazis. Also a film called “Hitler’s Children” made by Israeli director Chanoch Zeevi. It was quite diverse – Martin Adolf Bormann ended up being a quiet and peace-seeking priest. Edda Göring made public appearances, attending memorials for Nazis and took part in political events, Gudrun Burwitz (daughter of Himmler) was a neo-Nazi. Bettina Goering had herself sterilized so she “would not pass on the blood of a monster”.

The most disturbing anecdote in the book was Hans Frank’s son Niklas Frank – apparently he masturbated on October 16th (the anniversary of his father’s death) with the image of his father hanging.

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A Few Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

September 20, 2017 | 4 Comments » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

Why is it hard for people to change thier beliefs? What causes us to grip on to things that have been proven to be false?

  1. Confirmation bias: people have a tendency not only to seek out, but to better remember information that is in line with their beliefs. It feels good being proven right, and so more often than not when debating an issue, we search up evidence that will support our point, rather than actively seeking to disprove ourselves. Even when we come across information that goes against our beliefs, we better remember information that supports our beliefs after the fact. E.g. for someone who doesn’t believe in the human-caused climate change theory, they will much more easily and readily recall the studies and things they found online that disconfirm climate change, than the studies that support. In this regard, to many people your ELI5 alludes to, the things that you would suggest disprove their beliefs must seem few and far between compared to evidence supporting their beliefs.

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A Few Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

September 13, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

What is the inmate “pecking order” in prison?

Jail and prison populations involve people living in very close proximity to one another (in some housing situations, the toilet seat might be only a few inches from your face when you’re lying in bed), so it is natural to expect that a culture and social structure will emerge.

At the top of the heap would be high-ranking members of crime organizations. Old-style Mafia first come to mind. These guys are still powerful, but maybe not as much as they used to be. More likely you’ll find people in what are usually called “gangs,” e.g. Crips, Bloods, Black Guerrilla Family, Latin Kings, MS-13, etc. There are also gangs that operate mainly within prisons, such as the Mexican Mafia, Aryan Brotherhood, United Blood Nation, etc. Most established prison gangs have alliances with “free world” gangs. 

Members of these gangs, the “soldiers,” are the next level down. They are protected by other gang members, as an insult or assault on any gang member is viewed as an act against the entire gang. The origin of prison gangs was for mutual protection, usually against other ethnic/racial factions. Prison and street crime gangs don’t have much of an equal opportunity program.

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A Few Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

September 6, 2017 | 6 Comments » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

Is Kim Jong Un Crazy?

It’s clear that Kim Jong Un is not crazy. He’s acting logically and near-ideally from what someone in his position would want to do.

A big part of that is looking crazy. He wants to look crazy. Here’s why:

Let’s say you’re the dictator of an internationally condemned country. You didn’t intentionally choose this route – it’s just that your dad was the Dear Leader, and now he’s the dearly departed leader.

People in other countries spend some time reviewing military options to oust you. If your government collapses (or actually gets into a military conflict), the best-case scenario for you is a quick death. You have ambitious people all around you – some better connected and more well-respected than you are, as a young nobody. Any serious attempt at reform is only going to empower the people around you who are threatening to your assumption of power.

First order of business, you order a bunch of generals and family members killed. Anyone well-respected, powerful, really anyone who could even be thought of as “second in command.” The 2nd person can easily take over if they remove the 1st person. It needs to be clear that the well-being of the leaders and elites depends upon you being alive and in control, and them being subservient to you.

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A Few Answers To Question You Always Wondered About

August 30, 2017 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

Why is Floyd Mayweather a genius boxing promoter?

I came away from this fight with a newfound respect for Floyd’s abilities as a promoter. He REALLY did an entire slew of things that were both smart and crafty to utterly maximize his return on this fight. Lets list them out and marvel:

He made this fight in the first place

In the days and weeks before the fight was announced there were tons of sane and reasonable arguments to be made that this fight would never happen. Connor’s not a boxer, so a win wouldn’t help Floyd’s legacy. Connor is bigger and stronger, so there’s risk of a loss. Floyd should rematch Pacquaio or Canelo or otherwise fight someone dangerous if he’s going to unretire. People may not buy a fight between an old, retired boxer and a non-boxer. UFC wont cooperate to make this fight. the list goes on…
~ Somehow, Floyd and his camp got it done, and got it done cleanly. What Floyd correctly identified out there was the very real rivalry that had been developing between MMA fans and boxing fans that would eventually demand a concrete answer. He also saw in McGregor an electric personality, a great narrative, and a VERY winnable fight. Also lets not forget the BIG business that had to be done with the UFC behind closed doors to make this fight happen. No small task.

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A Few Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

August 23, 2017 | 18 Comments » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

Why was the American Civil War fought?

If we rely on the words of the major players in that war, it’s clear it was about whether slavery should be restricted or extended. The North wanted it restricted to where it was, and the South wanted it extended coast-to-coast into the new territories and states entering the Union. When Lincoln, who favored restriction, was elected, most Southern states decided they should break off and form their own separate country that could protect slavery in those states and maybe even use military force to extend it into some new territories like Cuba or some easily-conquered Central American countries (an idea that was very popular in the South before the war).

Abraham Lincoln expressed this conflict in a letter to secessionist (and later Confederate VP) Alexander Stephens:

You think slavery is right and ought to be extended; while we think it is wrong and ought to be restricted. That I suppose is the rub. It certainly is the only substantial difference between us.

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A Few Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

August 16, 2017 | 35 Comments » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

What’s the best way to launder $5,000,000 in cash?

Buy a cash business like a nail salon, paying the majority of the true purchase price in cash to the seller with a token amount on paper. “Sales” increase steadily over a year, you sock away all the clean money thrown off by the salon, maybe 4-5K/mo. After that year, put the 50-60K as a down payment for a really shitty investment home or “flip”. Pay for all renovations in cash. Sell house for a clean profit, rinse and repeat.

Once you get tired of that, buy yourself a small commercial building. A shitty little neighborhood shopping center with vacancy problems. Hire patsies to open more cash businesses. A dry cleaner. A tanning salon. A boutique clothing store. Each of these operations now serve two purposes: cleaning a little cash each month which pays for your patsies and a little taste for you, but more importantly, they pay their above-market rent on time each month.

Now you’ve operated this for a year and have built some excellent financials on the shopping center, so you sell it as a leased investment on the commercial real estate market. What you purchased for $1m when it was throwing off no rental income you now sell for $5m as investors pare paying you for value of future cash flows. Now 1031 tax defer your profits into a like kind investment, which means your $4m profit is now down payment on a $15m office building throwing off $750K/year in crystal clean income.

The real trick is don’t take that $750K/year though (taxable as income). Pay your mortgage down early, and after 5 years you refi and take your $5m out as capital gains to minimize tax exposure. Rinse, repeat as needed.

– Caulkpunch

Disclaimer: We do not condone the illegal laudndering of money, this is for entertainment purposes only

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A Few Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

August 2, 2017 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

What is the most excruciating way anyone has ever died?

Scaphism, otherwise known as “the boats” is possibly one of the darkest and grossest ways of ending someone’s life. Scaphism was developed by the Persians and described by the Greeks who were normally the intended victims of the procedure.

So this is how it worked: the poor person to be killed would be securely tied between two wooden canoes (or hollowed out tree trunks) with their head and legs protruding. So the trunk of their body was basically encased and sealed in a wooden box. The executioners would then force feed them milk and honey until their bowels were ready to scatter violently. More honey was then applied to any sensitive areas to attract insects. At this point they would take the suffering man to either float on a stagnant pond, or just leave him out in the sun.

The victim’s more than swift bowels would quickly fill the container he was stuck in with excrement allowing insects to breed and feed on his living flesh. Gangrene would set in as burrowing insects started to interrupt blood flow.

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