You’re more likely to die on your birthday than any other day

A study involving a staggering 2.4 million people has revealed that dying on your birthday is possibly more common than we might assume. Researchers in Switzerland determined that the effect may be due to something called the anniversary reaction hypothesis, and even cite stress surrounding the big day as a reason people are prone to kick it on their birthdays.

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Homeschooling is illegal in Germany

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Homeschooling is legal in many countries. Countries with the most prevalent home education movements include Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Some countries have highly regulated home education programs as an extension of the compulsory school system; others, such as Germany, have outlawed it entirely.

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Burgers are three times bigger than they were in the 50s

Recent research suggests that the bigger your plate, the likelier it is you’ll overeat. The same logic may apply to fast food, where according to a new infographic by the Centers for Disease Control, portion sizes for popular items have increased dramatically since the 1950s.

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Stressed men are more social

A team of researchers led by the psychologists and neuroscientists at the University of Freiburg, Germany, examined in a study how men react in stressful situations. In the study, subjects who were under stress showed significantly more positive social behavior than control subjects who were not in a stressful situation. Negative social behavior, on the other hand, was not affected by stress.

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Norway is the best place in the world to be a mom

According to the 13th annual Mothers Report by Save the Children, Norway ranks highest across the globe for health, education, economic conditions and well-being of moms and their kids. Iceland comes in second, and Sweden rounds out the top three. The worst-ranked nation was Niger, followed by Afghanistan and Yemen.

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