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.

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strivingking:

When you’re feeling down and out, REAL friends be like

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yousexybastardsamwinchester:

sherlockocity:

Muggleborn students at Hogwarts (part 1/?)

So much yes

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yousexybastardsamwinchester:

sherlockocity:

Muggleborn students at Hogwarts (part 1/?)

So much yes

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lookforwardletgo:

mentalalchemy:

what

that is TRUST

lookforwardletgo:

mentalalchemy:

what

that is TRUST

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asapscience:

scienthusiasts:

You gotta admit, some of these are pretty cute.

Source: gisetc.com

Wish we could wear this one to parties:”There’s no need to interact with me, I’m just here to observe.”

I am ironman!


asapscience:

Einstein’s desk, photographed as it was left, just hours after he died. Haunting and totally beautiful! 
What would your desk look like if someone took a photo of it right now? Our desks? They look… like we’re very productive?via kottke.org

asapscience:

Einstein’s desk, photographed as it was left, just hours after he died. Haunting and totally beautiful! 

What would your desk look like if someone took a photo of it right now? Our desks? They look… like we’re very productive?

via kottke.org


abcdfghijklnopqrstuvwxy:

Brownie in a mug directions

abcdfghijklnopqrstuvwxy:

Brownie in a mug directions

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caw-caw-mothercluckers:

severingsnapes:

howtotrainyourpendragon:

sherlocksmoustache:

billyboydismybaby:

aardvarkjuice:

thelittlestagemanager:

valerieparker:

snapeschristmaslist:

Endless list of things that should have been in the movies
↳ Prisoner of Azkaban, p 120

“Then you should know, Potter, that Sybill Trelawney has predicted the death of one student a year since she arrived at this school. None of them has died yet. Seeing death omens is her favourite way of greeting a new class.”

Wait wait wait

so there was a theory bouncing around that Trelawney was actually scary accurate, right?

What if every student she predicted died in the battle for Hogwarts?

THATS JUST WHAT I WAS THINKING

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I’m done.

*sobs*

Except Harry, he didn’t actually die

I don’t think that she was predicting Harry’s death.

I think she was predicting the part of Voldemort that was in Harry - the part that died during the battle for Hogwarts.

That’s why she thought his birthday was mid-winter (Voldemort’s was 31st of December) even though Harry’s was mid-summer (31st of July)

FUCKING HELL

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