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Reality Check Recap: April 3, 2014

Posted April 3rd, 2014 @ 10:27am

There’s been another shooting at Fort Hood. 34-year-old Iraq veteran Specialist Ivan Lopez opened fire in two separate buildings of the Texas Army post, killing three people and wounding 16 more before he shot and killed himself. The specialist was reportedly undergoing diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, although he hadn’t been diagnosed yet. Some reports are saying the shooting was a result of an argument, but that hasn’t been confirmed. Back in 2009, Army Major Nidal Hasan killed 13 people and injured 32 when he opened fire at Fort Hood.

The death toll from Tuesday’s Chilean earthquake is now 6, and experts are saying that the strict building codes in Chile helped save countless lives. Chile was hit with a 7.6 magnitude aftershock yesterday.

Today is Day 27 of the search for Malaysian Airlines flight 370. Australia’s former defense minister said they’ll continue searching for the plane “til hell freezes over” but that it could take months or years to find it. The black box has about three days of battery power left.


And a new study coming out of the Czech Republic says that humans have a sixth sense about who is intelligent, but it only works with men. Take it with a grain of salt, but the study says that just by looking at men we know if they’re smart. Apparently, men with eyes closer together and wider faces were thought to be less intelligent by participants, while those with further apart eyes and a slender face were thought to be smarter.

And this story is for Danielle and Froggy’s wife, Lisa: according to a new study by researchers at UCLA, touching an object in a clothing store is thought to boost your perception of ownership, and will increase the amount of money you’re willing to spend on that item. So if you’re someone who likes to “try things on for the heck of it,” you’re in big trouble. (One expert suggested that only touching the clothes with one finger will satisfy your urge to touch without making you want to buy.)

And attention singles out there: a psychologist at Webster University in St. Louis has found that being good at flirting is more important than being attractive when it comes to getting approached. Obviously, you want to smile and make eye contact. But the best flirting technique? Lightly touch their face. It’s the most sure-fire way to show that you’re super interested.

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