Top 10 Mind-Blowers: Nudity


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Nudity is a Superpower
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Human evolution denied us the natural protection of shells and armored plating, but it granted us tool use and a massive brain do devise whole armories of protective padding and plating. As such, the concept of naked combat is terrifying... and oddly liberating.

Accounts of naked warriors are sprinkled throughout history, from Roman accounts of the ancient Celts to modern tales of Liberia's "General Butt Naked" Joshua Blahyi. But how could nudity possible provide such a super power-up to the natural warrior?

For starters, consider our earlier study in which test subjects found the naked more experience-driven rather than agency driven, which is to say they seem less capable of self-control and morality and more interested is base satisfaction. They become, in a sense, the primal beast we all truly are at heart. Wear that birthday suit with enough gusto and perhaps it will make all the difference.

You've reached the end of the article. If you're not already naked, then perhaps it's time to shed your garments and become fully human again.


About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.