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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Study: SOBs Don't Die Young

From AScribe Newswire:

Do Your Initials Spell Earlier Death? New Pomona College Study Contradicts Earlier Findings

CLAREMONT, Calif., Oct. 18 (AScribe Newswire) -- A new study by Stilian Morrison '05 and Professor Gary Smith has found that initials have no connection to mortality, contradicting earlier evidence that having a "bad" monogram, such as PIG or ZIT, makes one more likely to die at a younger age than someone blessed with initials such as ACE or VIP.

The original 1999 study, reported in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research, had found that males with positive initials lived 4.5 years longer than a control group of males with neutral initials, while males with negative initials lived 2.8 fewer years. The earlier study also found that females with positive initials lived 3.4 more years than those in the neutral group.

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Morrison and Smith asked a group of students, faculty and friends to rank the initials that they would be most happy and least happy to have. The top positive initials were ACE, ICE, JOY, VIP, CEO, GEM, FLY, FOX, HIP, WIT and WIN. The top negative initials included KKK, DIE, ZIT, PIG, DUM, RAT, SOB, GAS, BAD, HOR, BUM and SIN.

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