Sunday, August 3, 2014

skunkbear:

The recent release of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" reminded me of one of my favorite ape vs. man films – this 1932 video that shows a baby chimpanzee and a baby human undergoing the same basic psychological tests.

Its gets weirder – the human baby (Donald) and the chimpanzee baby (Gua) were both raised as humans by their biological/adopted father Winthrop Niles Kellogg.  Kellogg was a comparative psychologist fascinated by the interplay between nature and nurture, and he devised a fascinating (and questionably ethical) experiment to study it:

Suppose an anthropoid were taken into a typical human family at the day of birth and reared as a child. Suppose he were fed upon a bottle, clothed, washed, bathed, fondled, and given a characteristically human environment; that he were spoken to like the human infant from the moment of parturition; that he had an adopted human mother and an adopted human father.

First, Kellogg had to convince his pregnant wife he wasn’t crazy:

 …the enthusiasm of one of us met with so much resistance from the other that it appeared likely we could never come to an agreement upon whether or not we should even attempt such an undertaking.

She apparently gave in, because Donald and Gua were raised, for nine months, as brother and sister. Much like Caesar in the “Planet of the Apes” movies, Gua developed faster than her “brother,” and often outperformed him in tasks. But she soon hit a cognitive wall, and the experiment came to an end. (Probably for the best, as Donald had begun to speak chimpanzee.)

You can read more about Kellogg’s experiment, its legacy, and public reaction to it here.

I want us to make each other better. someone you should probably hold on to (via braided-funk)
Saturday, July 5, 2014
Just because someone desires you, it does not mean that they value you.


Read it over.

Again.

Let those words resonate in your mind.
Nayyirah Waheed  (via housewifeswag)

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Monday, January 20, 2014

queenofpittsburgh:

katiedora7:

david-john-mcdonald:

dr-napkin-face:

if I ever stop reblogging this… it’s time to delete my blog.

Why.have.I.never.seen.this.before.

David Tennant you are a punny motherfucker

Hang in there. It is astonishing how short a time it can take for very wonderful things to happen.

 Frances Hodgson Burnett (via misswallflower)

Saturday, January 18, 2014

iwishihadafather:

this is my favorite thing ever of all the things ever

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

I really think I love her like too much

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snowy-deschanel:

Zooey Deschanel- Nominated for Best Actress in a Television Comedy Series

"I’ll be celebrating by going to work […] Maybe some ice cream. Wait, it’s too cold for ice cream. Champagne would be unprofessional. Maybe sparkling cider. Or wait, no, no — maybe some hot chocolate."

This fantastic woman was born to be my best friend and she’ll never know

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

I literally cannot wait to do this..

hypergiants:

pulpofiction:

Life hack: if someone makes a racist/sexist joke, say, with total seriousness, “I don’t get it, can you explain it”

Then watch them crash and burn

"…And then I said, ‘go make me a sandwich!’ haw haw haw."

"I don’t get it."

"What’s not to get."

"Why would she make you a sandwich?"

"Because… She’s a girl."

"You can’t make yourself a sandwich?"

"I can make myself a sandwich."

"Cool, go make me one too."

[Smooth Criminal plays]

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I’m not nearly as impressed with sliced bread as I feel I should be

Sunday, December 15, 2013

daddy issues

Friday, November 29, 2013

lukeisherenow:

everythingismalec:

ponytaxcreepy:

brookeeverdeen:

e-verdeen:

mamasitaboricua:

He is so ugly and annoying.

no, he is fab

NO HAYMITCH IS ONE OF THE BEST CHARACTERS IN THG. THAT MAN WENT THROUGH SO MUCH. AFTER HE WON THE GAMES, THEY KILLED HIS FAMILY. HE HAD NO ONE REALLY UNTIL THESE TWO KIDS CAME AROUND. HE WAS ALWAYS DRUNK BECAUSE HE HAD FUCKING NO ONE. THATS HOW HE GOT RID OF HIS NIGHTMARES AND THE PAIN BY DRINKING. THATS WHY KATNISS GOT DRUNK IN CF WITH HAYMITCH AFTER SHE FOUND SHE WAS GOING BACK INTO THE ARENA. HE STARTED THE WHOLE STAR CROSSED LOVERS THING TO MAKE SURE KATNISS OR PEETA WOULD WIN THE GAMES BECAUSE HE CARED FOR THEM. HAYMITCH LITERALLY WENT THROUGH SO MUCH AND HIS CHARACTER IS SO COMPLEX SO NO HES NOT UGLY OR ANNOYING. HE IS FAB JUST LIKE E-VERDEEN SAID GOODBYE

NOT TO MENTION HE WAS THE WINNER OF THE QUARTER QUELL SO HE HAD TO WATCH TWICE AS MANY PEOPLE DIE IN HIS GAMES NOT TO MENTION ALL THE DISTRICT 12 TRIBUTES THAT COME BEFORE KATNISS AND PEETA SO FUCK YOU

YES and can we all remember that when he says he’s there “for the refreshments” he’s just making light of his situation. He’s actually there because he has no choice, because as the only living Victor of District 12 the Capitol fucking force him to return to the games as mentor year after year. Can you imagine what it’s like watching two kids from your district who are under your protection get butchered every year, and knowing that even if you moved heaven and earth to try and protect them they don’t have the faintest chance of survival against the Careers? No wonder he numbs the pain with alcohol, and pushes everyone (particularly the Tributes) away from him, because HE KNOWS HOW DANGEROUS IT IS TO ALLOW YOURSELF TO CARE ABOUT PEOPLE. His mother, brother and girlfriend were MURDERED by President Snow just because Haymitch had the audacity to use his wits to survive the Quarter Quell. Caring about others has only ever brought him agony and loss. But you know what’s so fucking awesome about Haymitch? When he realises that despite everything, Katniss actually has a chance of doing well in the Games, he cleans up his act and tries his absolute best to help and protect her and Peeta. He grows to care for them, despite how dangerous he knows that to be. Yes he is cynical, and bitter, and self-destructive. Yes, he is an addict. But many people in his position would have probably killed themselves or lost their minds completely, but in the end he finds the courage fight back against the people who stole his life from him. The Capitol may have wounded him beyond all hope of repair but they didn’t break him, not completely. So don’t you ever try to tell me that Haymitch Abernathy is not a strong and brilliant character because I got no time for that shit.

Thank god people out there appreciate how deep the hunger games actually is. Anyone enjoying the film in a shallow manner are getting there entertainment the same way the capital do. Boo.

Thursday, November 28, 2013