Study Says That Female-Named Hurricanes Kill More Than Male Storms

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Study Says That Female-Named Hurricanes Kill More Than Male Storms

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A recent study has found that people take female-named hurricanes less seriously than the male branded counterparts.

I think it's safe for me to say that hurricanes are scary. In fact, when I think about all the various ways that Mother Nature has devised to kill humans, I can think of few things scarier than a gigantic storm system ripping its way across 1the countryside. That being the case, there are apparently some ways to make a murder-storm seem less scary. For instance, you can give it a she-name instead of a he-name.

That, at least, are what the results of a recently published study suggest. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, sought to highlight "social science factors that predict responses to natural hazards." The results found that female-named hurricanes routinely cause more deaths than their male counterparts, in part because people apparently take them less seriously when they're given women's names.

The study came to this conclusion by compiling data about hurricane related fatalities from 1950 up to 2012. The researchers asked the study's participants to rate a historical storm's damage based on its name. Then, after several other lab tests, they flat-out asked people they thought of female-named storms. Nearly half of the responses indicated that both men and women believed said storms to be less serious than their male branded counterparts.

Assuming the study's results are accurate, this poses some problems when it comes to things like public safety. After all, you can issue all the storm warnings you want, but you can't make someone seek safety if they're under the impression an inbound hurricane won't be a big deal because it's named Fran instead of Dan. The irony is that hurricanes used to be given female names by default on account of their being especially unpredictable. The practice has since been discontinued (they alternate genders now), but it kind of flies in the face of female hurricanes being lesser entities.

Source: Discover

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See, this is a silly statistic, but it makes sense. It's a marketing problem that just so happens to get people killed.

You know, I have to wonder about the amount of chemical interaction within the brain that goes on which results in someone thinking about a storm enveloping whole bits of states within the U.S. and mowing destruction across the entire eastern seaboard and then coming up with "yeah well, Katrina kind of liked Ichabod Crane, so everything is fine, right?"

Fuck being a creature of habit, god damn.

Next up, we name every Hurricane "Hitler".

Never understood the american habit of naming hurricanes. Just tell there's a big fuck-all wind coming that will fuck your shit and people will take it seriously.

We could give hurricanes names of monster trucks.

Though that might actually draw more people to it...

Now that I think about it, Hurricane Bulldozer might be in bad taste.

Ferisar:
You know, I have to wonder about the amount of chemical interaction within the brain that goes on which results in someone thinking about a storm enveloping whole bits of states within the U.S. and mowing destruction across the entire eastern seaboard and then coming up with "yeah well, Katrina kind of liked Ichabod Crane, so everything is fine, right?"

Fuck being a creature of habit, god damn.

Next up, we name every Hurricane "Hitler".

And the years of Irony will follow, with very little lasting damage caused and with a record low of injuries and deaths, each generation of Hurricane Hitlers continues to break

RealRT:
Never understood the american habit of naming hurricanes. Just tell there's a big fuck-all wind coming that will fuck your shit and people will take it seriously.

Thank you!

I never understood the whole naming thing either to be honest. Andrew isn't a particularly threatening name either while we're talking about threat level. Hurricane Ivan sounded scary, but it didn't do all that much, and Hurricane Sandy is just a stupid name for an overly destructive storm.

We should just call them Giant Spinning whirlwind of death. That way when they tell you hey get off the beach there is a giant spinning whirlwind of death coming, they'll probably listen.

Redryhno:

Ferisar:
You know, I have to wonder about the amount of chemical interaction within the brain that goes on which results in someone thinking about a storm enveloping whole bits of states within the U.S. and mowing destruction across the entire eastern seaboard and then coming up with "yeah well, Katrina kind of liked Ichabod Crane, so everything is fine, right?"

Fuck being a creature of habit, god damn.

Next up, we name every Hurricane "Hitler".

And the years of Irony will follow, with very little lasting damage caused and with a record low of injuries and deaths, each generation of Hurricane Hitlers continues to break

I'm very tempted to make a holocaust joke, but I'm firmly above such things, mm yes.

/adjusts monocle

Ferisar:
Next up, we name every Hurricane "Hitler".

To the Hitler shelters!

We could just keep the naming system but use '[Name] the Death Dealer' like Governor Explosion said.

Okay, was reading this very crazy article and how serious they take this (I can't, however, and must laugh it off). NOw I must post this thing:

#yesallhurricanes

I'm so sorry.

ffs

I suppose this means, to reduce fatality counts, we should name all the hurricanes with male names? -___-

New idea: Use the Pilot Alphabet (Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, etc). I mean, we're still screwed with Hurricane Juliet comes around, but at least that's one out of 26.

So this is just freedomlandians right? Amusingly, a good number of poor (and at times uneducated) people in third-world countries never take hurricanes seriously, regardless of their name. The government tells these people to evacuate but they stubbornly choose to stay for reasons like guarding their belongings/property, or a "it can't be that bad" mentality.

This is the main reason why you see people being airlifted from rooftops after being stranded there because of heavy flooding.

What we need is, among other things, a more accurate damage estimation, and a method that will let people visualize that easily.

We also need to stop rescuing stubborn idiots who dig their own grave.

Ferisar:
Next up, we name every Hurricane "Hitler".

ok now i want to see that.

news: "Hitler continues to wreck havoc in Florida".

Keep using female names, we need at least some form of natural selection... Don't get me wrong, loss of life is tragic, but if you decide that a bigass storm isn't going to be a problem simply because it has a girl name, you probably shouldn't procreate...

StewShearer:
I think it's safe for me to say that hurricanes are scary. In fact, when I think about all the various ways that Mother Nature has devised to kill humans, I can think of few things scarier than a gigantic storm system ripping its way across 1thecountryside.

I hate to be that person, but typo.

On topic, isn't that the same mentality we give to murderous AI? So they don't seem so murderous? It should be the opposite really, but it might lessen the severity of the disaster when you can say cute names like "Sally" and "Marie".

It's clearly the patriarchy killing people durring female named storms to promote misogyny, or something.

Deathfish15:
Okay, was reading this very crazy article and how serious they take this (I can't, however, and must laugh it off). NOw I must post this thing:

#yesallhurricanes

I'm so sorry.

You know, I honestly wonder how long it will take the non-sane feminists and the social justice warriors to call this whole thing some sort of sexist, patriarchal plot to do...something.

Strazdas:

Ferisar:
Next up, we name every Hurricane "Hitler".

ok now i want to see that.

news: "Hitler continues to wreck havoc in Florida".

It would make Hitler sound superhuman though..."Hitler is expected to arrive in Florida in the early hours of Thursday morning. The government urges all citizens to evacuate as soon as possible".

I think if I were naming hurricanes, I'd go for "Hurricane Anal Bleeding". Everyone takes anal bleeding seriously.

Ferisar:

Redryhno:

Ferisar:
You know, I have to wonder about the amount of chemical interaction within the brain that goes on which results in someone thinking about a storm enveloping whole bits of states within the U.S. and mowing destruction across the entire eastern seaboard and then coming up with "yeah well, Katrina kind of liked Ichabod Crane, so everything is fine, right?"

Fuck being a creature of habit, god damn.

Next up, we name every Hurricane "Hitler".

And the years of Irony will follow, with very little lasting damage caused and with a record low of injuries and deaths, each generation of Hurricane Hitlers continues to break

I'm very tempted to make a holocaust joke, but I'm firmly above such things, mm yes.

/adjusts monocle

Hey, there'll be even less deaths than usual because no jewish people will get caught in a hurricane. Well, after the initial deathspike in holocaust deniers of course.

EDIT: Wasn't that bad was it?

I say they should just do a random string of characters like they do for diseases, and/or make them sound badass

"HURRICANE XF47-Q CODENAMED BLOODY MARY WILL BE RAVAGING FLORIDA ON TUESDAY! EVACUATE OR DIEEEEEEE *nuclear explosion covers screen*"

People are misunderstanding.
the study is from 1950 to 2012
but hurricanes were only given female names starting in the 60's

In that decade urbanization of the coast wasn't as great as it became and climate change had barely begun to kick in.

This results... seem strange. A hurricane is a hurricane

Kameburger:
I never understood the whole naming thing either to be honest. Andrew isn't a particularly threatening name either while we're talking about threat level. Hurricane Ivan sounded scary, but it didn't do all that much, and Hurricane Sandy is just a stupid name for an overly destructive storm.

Being someone who lived in a barrier island in New York that was hit by Sandy, which also happened to dump loads of the sand from the beach my town was named for into the roads and in some cases people's houses, I found the name somewhat accurate.

RealRT:
Never understood the american habit of naming hurricanes. Just tell there's a big fuck-all wind coming that will fuck your shit and people will take it seriously.

Categorization and Posterity. Giving hurricanes names makes it easy to categorize them and list them as they come out, and makes it easier to mention them in the future if it happens to come up again. Everyone remembers Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Katrina, but how memorable do you think they'd be if they were, say, "Hurricane SS-104-C3"?

Jandau:
Keep using female names, we need at least some form of natural selection... Don't get me wrong, loss of life is tragic, but if you decide that a bigass storm isn't going to be a problem simply because it has a girl name, you probably shouldn't procreate...

its.... ok its...its not people standing around going. OH kelley cant do nothin its just a girly tornado. No one is conciously deciding anything! Its peoples unconcious minds making associations and those associations affecting there behavior. Even a feminist might unconciously be affected by such a thing but its a good indicator of whats in our collective subconcious and a good indicator of what we think of women still.( to be fair in a world that doesnt value a mans or womans self defense everyones a bit gimped but thats another discussion entirely)

Strazdas:

Ferisar:
Next up, we name every Hurricane "Hitler".

ok now i want to see that.

news: "Hitler continues to wreck havoc in Florida".

So what happens to hurricanes that use names that can be male OR female, like Evelyn, Kim, or Kelly? And what happens in the case of names that have male/female variants with slightly different spellings (for example, Marion / Marian, Robin / Robyn, or Martin / Martyn?) Do people stay in and barricade their doors for Hurricane Chris, but go out and play in the streets during Hurricane Kris?

Y'know, I think I'm with the guy who suggested calling every hurricane "Hitler". Or you could use "Hurricane Donkeypuncher", just to ram the point home.

Captcha is "Total Shamble". Which I suspect will be relevant to this thread within the next twelve hours or so.

Chessrook44:

RealRT:
Never understood the american habit of naming hurricanes. Just tell there's a big fuck-all wind coming that will fuck your shit and people will take it seriously.

Categorization and Posterity. Giving hurricanes names makes it easy to categorize them and list them as they come out, and makes it easier to mention them in the future if it happens to come up again. Everyone remembers Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Katrina, but how memorable do you think they'd be if they were, say, "Hurricane SS-104-C3"?

How about Hurricane You're Fucked '14? Not very catchy, but gets the job done.

TheSYLOH:
People are misunderstanding.
the study is from 1950 to 2012
but hurricanes were only given female names starting in the 60's

In that decade urbanization of the coast wasn't as great as it became and climate change had barely begun to kick in.

Ah. Thank you.
Id seen some mentions from a few people online that the stats were perhaps a bit suspicious on this, but I hadnt had time to read up on the study or the stats myself yet.

Okay.. my fellow men, we need to find the people behind this study and this article and impose upon them a strict and rigorous beating... preferably with cricket bats. This is the sort of 'study' that comes of someone having way too much idle time at their desks while still drawing salary. So My solution. We insure they spend less time at their desks and more in intensive care and rehabilitation.

Seriously. COnsidering that the way storms are named is pretty much done on an alternating pater of Male/female/Male/Female... also I dunno about you guys but the most destructive storms in terms of life and damage I've ever had in my country were all dudes.

Jandau:
Keep using female names, we need at least some form of natural selection... Don't get me wrong, loss of life is tragic, but if you decide that a bigass storm isn't going to be a problem simply because it has a girl name, you probably shouldn't procreate...

I agree with you, more and more I find myself agreeing with Machiavelli.(Whether he wrote The Prince in jest or not.) The common (wo)man is an idiot and depresses me to no end. Since about 51% of the population is in that bracket, that leaves us with a mix of 49% that are above and below the common intellect, sigh.

In all seriousness though, who here can honestly tell me they'd be more terrified of Hurricane Norman than Hurricane Norma. I don't, I can't even into logic. It's a giant storm system that is powerful enough to demolish buildings like they were made of poorly put together paper mache. The name doesn't matter, that thing will fuck you up.

Evolution at work. Sexists who wont take something seriously just because it has a womans name are more likely to die. Keep this up long enough and we'll evolve.

Ugh... there it is, they used the term "suggests", which typically means they are drawing premature conclusions. "Suggests" is a term that says, "we should do more tests".

That aside: This is not an uncommon thing. People's perceptions change with names all the time. If I dated a Katrina who was a royal bitch and I hated, I would probably take Hurricane Katrina more serious than a Hurricane Sam, or a Hurricane Judith. That said, of course all hurricanes should be taken seriously, as they are hurricanes. Sounds like a problem with the bothersome act of naming them at all. Perhaps naming them anything is a bad idea. Names automatically make things seem less serious than they may be. Perhaps they should just name them "Massive killer storm #_", the only people that will affect are people who know someone with that name.

medv4380:
Evolution at work. Sexists who wont take something seriously just because it has a womans name are more likely to die. Keep this up long enough and we'll evolve.

I don't know if it's sexism so much that women overall are less physically imposing than men are. Not taking the storm as serious is not the same as hating women. I'm sure sexists probably take the storms far more serious than anything else. Also, conscious sexism is not the same as what they are saying here. They are talking about an unconscious decision. No one is sitting there saying, "Katrina, with a name like that what is to worry about". It's completely subconscious.

Ferisar:
You know, I have to wonder about the amount of chemical interaction within the brain that goes on which results in someone thinking about a storm enveloping whole bits of states within the U.S. and mowing destruction across the entire eastern seaboard and then coming up with "yeah well, Katrina kind of liked Ichabod Crane, so everything is fine, right?"

Fuck being a creature of habit, god damn.

Next up, we name every Hurricane "Hitler".

I vote we name the next category 5 "Clegaine", a giant mass that destroys everything in front of it. It'd be both fitting and topical. Even moreso if it destroys a Tyson food plant, eating all the chicken.

Mortis Nuncius:
We could give hurricanes names of monster trucks.

Though that might actually draw more people to it...

Now that I think about it, Hurricane Bulldozer might be in bad taste.

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Might be a bit on the nose.

This study is neat and all, but remember that correlation does not imply causation.

Strazdas:

Ferisar:
Next up, we name every Hurricane "Hitler".

ok now i want to see that.

news: "Hitler continues to wreck havoc in Florida".

Oh my word...I completely broke down. Rapturous applause!

You know what, though? That really would get more people interested in the weather. You know what else would? Some real celebrity guest stars!

But, like it said in the article, I guess there'd be a risk of entire cities going into panic over a name like that. :/

Ahem, has anyone asked the HURRICANES what they wanted to be called?

I though not, all you sexists obviously do not have the concept of their preferred pronoun, or gender identity.

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http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/comicsandcosplay/comics/critical-miss/11086-Weve-Seen-The-Future-And-Its-NSFW

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