When it comes to hurricanes, people fear Hurricane Thomas more than Hurricane Tammy. That's the finding of a University of Illinois study, which found female-named storms are often more deadly because people don't take them as seriously as storms named for men.
Researchers found that a masculine-named storm would kill about 15 people, but a hurricane of the same strength with a female name would kill about 42.
The study says that when it comes to judging the intensity of a storm, people appear to be applying their beliefs about how men and women behave.
The findings have not come without controversy. Hurricane experts not involved in the study, call it problematic and misleading while others call the findings a statistical fluke.
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