Study: People Fear Male-named Hurricanes More

Study: People Fear Male-named Hurricanes More

Posted: Updated:
 
Which scares you more: Hurricane Victor or Hurricane Victoria? A new study finds that people are slightly less likely to flee an oncoming storm with a feminine name than a masculine one.
     
But here is Victoria's secret: Hurricanes with feminine names turn out to be deadlier in the United States than their more macho-sounding counterparts. Researchers conclude that it's probably because their monikers make people underestimate their danger.
    
The two deadliest storms to make landfall in the U.S. since 1979 were Katrina and Sandy.
    
The study was published Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
    
More than 1,000 test subjects told behavioral scientists at the University of Illinois they were slightly more likely to evacuate from male-named storms than female ones.
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Woman Gives Birth to 19 lb Baby

    Woman Gives Birth to 19 lb Baby

    Boy Becomes Heaviest Newborn in Country's History; Mom and Baby in Good Health, Dad Says..
    Boy Becomes Heaviest Newborn in Country's History; Mom and Baby in Good Health, Dad Says..
  • Alleged Bondage in Brewton Band Room

    Alleged Bondage in Brewton Band Room

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:10 PM EDT2014-08-22 02:10:13 GMT
    Jeffery Gainous, 32Jeffery Gainous, 32
    WKRG News 5 is learning more about the former local band teacher accused of having sexual relationships with his students.
    WKRG News 5 is learning more about the former local band teacher accused of having sexual relationships with his students.
  • Band Teacher Charged for Sex with Students

    Band Teacher Charged for Sex with Students

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:20 PM EDT2014-08-23 00:20:02 GMT
    Jeffery Lance Gainous faces a total of 12 charges for allegedly engaging in sexual acts with his female students during his time as band director at T.R. Miller High School in Brewton.
    Jeffery Lance Gainous faces a total of 12 charges for allegedly engaging in sexual acts with his female students during his time as band director at T.R. Miller High School in Brewton.
Powered by WorldNow

555 Broadcast Dr,
Mobile AL 36606

Telephone: 251.479.5555
Fax: 251.473.8130
Email: news5@wkrg.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.