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A gathering storm over hurricane names: Board up the ivory tower
A gathering storm over hurricane names: Board up the ivory tower

Everyone knows to beware of femme fatales. But I never thought that applied to hurricanes. In news that may open a whole new front in the battle of the sexes, researchers at the University of Illinois say that more people die in hurricanes with feminine names — think Audrey or, yes, Katrina. Why? Well, here’s the researchers’ theory: “Individuals assess their vulnerability to hurricanes and take actions based not only on objective indicators of hurricane severity, but also on the gender of hurricanes. This pattern may emerge because individuals systematically underestimate their vulnerability to hurricanes with more feminine names, avoiding or delaying...

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