Apparently, when your older sister was always saying she was better than you, she was telling the truth.
A recent study [PDF] by Feifei Bu at the Institute for Social and Economic Research at Britain's University of Essex seems to show that if you are a female and the oldest child in a family, you are "statistically more likely to be the most ambitious and well-qualified of all your family," The Guardian reports. The runners-up are firstborn males. The study also found that the wider the gap in ages between children, the more likely it is the younger children will become high achievers.
The researchers studied 1,503 sibling groups and 3,532 individuals. Taking into account the education and professional status of the parents, the team found that firstborn children were 7 percent more likely to continue their education, and firstborn girls were 13 percent more ambitious than firstborn boys.
"There are several possible explanations for the higher attainment and ambition of the eldest," Bu says. "It could be that the parents simply devote more time and energy to them — it could be they are actually more intelligent. For me, I tend to lean towards the theory that parental investment is possibly at work there."
Some famous examples of firstborns doing well for themselves are Presidents Obama, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush, as well as Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton, JK Rowling, Winston Churchill, Mick Jagger, and Richard Branson. Catherine Garcia
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) maintained Friday that he'll support the Republican presidential nominee, even if that somebody happens to be Donald Trump, The Palm Beach Post reports.
In fact, Rubio might be more impressed with the billionaire business mogul than usual, saying his "performance has improved significantly" recently.
Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump was none too thrilled Saturday with the protesters who blocked his way into California's Republican convention the day before:
The "protesters" in California were thugs and criminals. Many are professionals. They should be dealt with strongly by law enforcement!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 30, 2016
Leave it to Trump to make an off-color joke about the incident once he made it inside the hotel Friday.
Jimmy Fallon has been singing bits and pieces of Styx's "Too Much Time on My Hands" on The Tonight Show for days. On Friday, he and actor Paul Rudd took the obsession to its natural conclusion, creating a shot-by-shot remake of the '80s music video. The end result is sufficiently goofy. Take a look below. Julie Kliegman
Hundreds of activists stormed Iraq's parliament building Saturday in support of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who had accused Iraqi politicians of corruption, CBS News reports.
The demonstrators climbed over blast walls in Baghdad's Green Zone, which houses most of the country's ministries and foreign embassies, after parliament couldn't reach quorum to hold a session. The protesters broke furniture, chanted, and waved Iraqi flags.
San Francisco Police Chief Gregory Suhr released nine pages of racist and homophobic text messages sent between officers Friday and ordered all officers to undergo anti-bias training, The New York Times reports.
"We have nothing to hide," Suhr said of his 2,000-member force. "These are the actions of a few."
The messages, which disparaged blacks, Latinos, South Asians, and LGBT people, were found as part of an investigation into a rape charge against one of the officers.
The head of an evangelical legal organization has pledged to carry a gun into Target's bathrooms to defend against transgender women. Liberty Counsel President Anita Staver is calling for a boycott of the retail chain after it announced that it will allow patrons to use the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity, The Huffington Post reports. Staver tweeted the following:
— Anita Staver (@AnitaStaver) April 22, 2016
Staver later claimed she always brings guns into public restrooms.