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Ridiculous research reports 2010

According to the Chinese calendar, the year 2010 has been the year of the tiger, but according to our calendar, this year has been the year of Mozart cleaning sewages and reducing crime.

entertainment Updated: Dec 29, 2010 15:32 IST
Kanika Johri
Kanika Johri
Hindustan Times

According to the Chinese calendar, the year 2010 has been the year of the tiger, but according to our calendar, this year has been the year of Mozart cleaning sewages and reducing crime. It has also been the year of blind chickens laying more eggs etcetera, etcetera. Here's a look at some of quirkiest and the most bizarre studies of the year 2010.

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1. Mozart cleans up sewage and much more…
Well, we all knew that Austrian composer Wolfagang Amadeus Mozart has created some of the most exalting symphonies but we aren't the only ones on whom the composer had such a deep impact. A study in Asian News International (ANI) showed that Mozart's music even helped break down and clean up sewage. "The process is this way that a stereo sound system gives out sound waves of Mozart's The Magic Flute and The Marriage of Figaro, together with oxygen, which boosts the activity of micro-organisms in breaking down bio-solids. Possibly the micro-organisms also start waltzing to the tune of The Magic Flute and The Marriage of Figaro.

Hey, but that's not all! Mozart has a listening ear in bananas as well, so much that if a Japanese fruit company is to be believed bananas become sweeter when they are played the musician's magical notes. The company has tried it out and has proof of it to be true. How sweet! And to think, people thought talking to plants was weird. Suddenly, the Mozart's music being used to combat crime doesn't sound as bizarre a study!

2. Daydreaming causes unhappiness
Did you think you were the only one who got distracted rather easily at work and felt angry with yourself for allowing it to happen? Well, according to a Harvard study people spend about 47 per cent of their waking hours thinking about something other than what they are doing and this mind-wandering makes them unhappy.

Apparently, we humans spend a lot of time contemplating events that happened in the past, might happen in the future, or may never happen at all. Well, aren't we all familiar with that one. So, basically daydreaming leads to unhappiness, so much so for following your dreams! Now, don't spend too much time mulling over whether this is true or not.

3. iPhone owners have more sex partners
2010 has been the year when according to Google's zeitgeist (spirit of the times), iPad was the most searched items. Yes, we are in the age of iPad, tablets and even the iPhone and how! Now, these gadgets even indicate the fidelity (or lack of it) of their owners.

iPhone owners have the most number of sexual partners in their lifetime, a recent study by dating site OkCupid has revealed. The study included almost 10,000 people in the simple.

So, if you were planning to gift your spouse an iPhone for your anniversary, you might want to reconsider.

Mistresses get more gifts4. Blind hens lay more eggs

We gotta say, this is one of the most bizarre studies, it possibly even challenges Mozart's magical skills! A study reveals that a strain of chickens that are naturally blind produce more eggs than their sighted counterparts and lights influences the overall production. Seriously, who even tries to find out stuff like this?! Ok, the National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology (NIANP), Bangalore does.

You probably might want to count your blind chickens before they're hatched!

5. Mistresses 'receive more lavish holiday gifts than wives'
Another one on infidelity. You always saw it in films, adulterous husbands buying diamond necklaces for their mistresses while their 'homely' wives took of the home. Well, it actually does happen, says yet another study.

A survey by, a self-described "infidelity service," has found that men spend more than twice as much on their mistresses at holiday time as they do on their wives.

The typical cheater spends around $60 on his wife and $125 on his mistress, the survey says, reports the New York Daily News.

As for what that money buys, the three most popular gifts for wives, in descending order, are perfume, bath and body products, and gift cards. The mistress gets the better deal, as she's likely to receive jewelry, followed by lingerie and a spa day.

Well, mistresses or no mistresses, blind chickens or no blind chickens, 2010 sure has raised the bar in its startling revelations, let's hope 2011 has a lot more to raise the brow just as well!

6. Note to all single men out there: Wear more red
Yes, from the Men In Black, the new uber cool code seems to have shifted to Men In Red. According to a study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Generally, women are more attracted to men wearing red and find them more sexually desirable. Red enjoys a special status in almost all cultures. And we thought it applied only to food!

7. Cats' obsession with Calvin Klein's Obsession for Men
So, if you were thinking of seducing your lady with your perfume, you might want to steer clear of forests and parks. Researchers with the Wildlife Conservation Society found that jaguars, pumas and other wildlife were attracted to the smell of Calvin Klein's Obsession for Men.

Cat sniffing ObsessionWhen around the scent, these cats would repeatedly sniff the source of the smell, lingering around its origin. One pair of jaguars even shows some very rarely seen mating behaviour, so the smell seems to turn these animals on. Well, look who got obsessed!

8. All a woman needs to attract a man is her natural scent
A study published in the journal Psychological Science found that men who caught the scent of an ovulating woman from a T-shirt had higher testosterone levels than men who smelled either fresh T-shirts or those from non-ovulating women. Really, what were thinking while checking the samples!

9. Meet Roxxxy, the sex robot
Meet Roxxxy, the robotic 'companion' who wears lingerie and takes on a sexy personality. And that's not all, Roxxxy was originally designed to be a health aid for Alzheimer's patients and others!

The robot didn't catch on, so the inventors repurposed their design. Instead of a health care worker, the robot's voice function is used to create a sexy personality: ranging from shy [Frigid Farrah] to adventurous [S&M Susan].

10. Frogs sing during sex
This is another bizarre animals one. Frogs apparently like to hear something smooth when they're in their groove, according to research published in the journal Animal Behaviour.

In fact, some female frogs are known to sing during sex. The rhythmic click calls of the females are so attractive to males that they move rhythmically back and forth whenever they hear these calls during mating. The song seems to turn the males on!

First Published: Dec 28, 2010 15:57 IST