- KFC, Pizza Hut, and the Sphinx
It is counterintuitive that the globalization of fast food is starting to make its way to historical landmarks. When most people think of the Great Pyramids of Giza or the Great Sphinx, I would think that they would imagine a desert full of open land. In reality, it is the contrary as it is on the outskirts of a major city.
Historical landmarks, which in turn become tourist hot spots, are being overtaken by businesses and corporations who want to make as much money off of it as possible. Pizza Hut and KFC are just one example of how these companies are leeching off of people’s interest in history.
It is clear too that these fast food chains are only there for the tourists and not the local people. One meal at KFC can cost the same as a day or week’s pay for some Egyptians, making it nearly impossible for them to purchase it. The American chains, which have great business in the United States and other Western countries, are only having the same success in Middle Eastern countries because they take advantage of these historical locations.
- Clean Girls Get Sicker?
It is counterintuitive to think that gender stereotypes end up leading to more health problems for women in their life. It is a stereotype for boys to play outside and in the dirt early on in their lives and for the girls to look cute in dresses and not participate in outdoor activities. However, it seems in doing this that it has caused the same boys who play around in dirt, to be more immune to asthma and other allergies later in their life.
According to the CDC, women have higher rates of asthma than men, by over a one percent margin. In addition to this, they also say that women are more likely to develop allergies in their life than men. Another national organization, the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, has said that autoimmune disorders affect women three times more than men, further explaining the differences.
Gender unfortunately has a bigger role in someone’s health than people realize. It does not seem to have to do with any biological differences between them, but rather social stereotypes that cause the boys and girls to act a certain way at a young age.
- Was That Jump a 6?
It is counterintuitive that in an effort to reduce bias in skating judges scores, they actually did the opposite. After a complete uphaul of the judging system after two Olympic scandals, the International Skating Union wanted to figure out ways to make sure there was a clearer way to score and judge. Another issue they had to figure out how to implement a way to create subjectivity in their scores.
However, when the Union did this, vote trading worsened and judging bias went up 20%. They thought that by making the voting and judging process anonymous, it would create less bias and would not allow the judges to know how each other voted. This is where the idea of subjectivity comes into play. In most Olympic sports, it is about objective feats, like who jumps further, scores the most goals, or runs the fastest, but you cannot do that in figure skating.
This makes it difficult to get consistent scores in the sport, because they are all subjective. Part of the reason for all the rule changes in the first place was to reduce this inconsistency, but instead it created more. There have been other options they have explored such as dropping three scores randomly, but that was also proven to have negative effects on the competition. These problems are likely to always be around the sport.