natalie jennings

Social media and engagement manager for politics at The Washington Post and editor of The 12.
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Ticklish chimpanzee, folks. 

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 thought the Bible belt had a lock on the church signage game, but  this Aussie pastor is totally winning. More photos

Food talks about the merits of vegetarianism — so neat. via Sploid

FOOD from Siqi Song on Vimeo.

The only steak recipe you’ll ever need, unless you’re one dumb motherf…. 

kateoplis:

Go to the goddamn grocery and get steak. Yes, the grocery. A little ammonia is not going to kill you, you pussy. You want to be all fancy and grass-fed and environmentally conscious, go ahead, I don’t give a shit, just get a fucking steak. Ribeye is good. And, yes, bone-in. Schmuck. Take the steak home. Get a bigass frying pan and put the shit on the stove, cranking the heat up as far as that fucker will go. Take a shitload of salt—rocksalt, you dumb motherfucker, none of that fine-grained crap here—and toss it around the bottom of the pan. When the pan is hot as all fuck—it should scorch the shit out of your finger if you’re stupid enough to touch it—put the fucking steak on there. You can crack some pepper on the top of the steak as the bottom is searing, but don’t even talk to me about garlic or onion powder or COMPOUND FUCKING BUTTER, asshole. This is steak, all you fucking need is salt and pepper. After a bit (3 minutes for pink, 5 for cooked good), flip that shit over and do the same fucking thing you just did with the other side, i.e. sit on your ass and wait for your motherfucking steak to be ready, you useless assbag. When you’re done, sling that shit on a plate. Beringer’s 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Private Reserve makes an absolutely delightful accompaniment, particularly if you’ve taken care to let it breathe a bit before quaffing. Also, make some fucking potatoes, because that’s what you eat with a fucking steak. God, sometimes I just want to smack the shit out of you.”

Alex Balk

Also: NYT.

illest:

Ladies, if you think your man is cheating. Take him to that bitches front door and see if his wifi connects.

breakingnews:

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: A tractor-trailer carrying Little Debbie snack cakes overturned early Friday in Bartow County, Ga., spilling the treats all over the interstate. The closed northbound lanes were later reopened.

Such a  Little Debbie Downer…. 

postvideo:

Bless us all, it’s allergy season. We broke down which U.S. city has the worst time with allergies in spring, and how much those sneezes are worth to doctors and drug makers (it’s in the billions). » WATCH HERE. 


DC right now: At least we’re not Louisville (where allergies are worst)

postvideo:

Bless us all, it’s allergy season. We broke down which U.S. city has the worst time with allergies in spring, and how much those sneezes are worth to doctors and drug makers (it’s in the billions). » WATCH HERE

DC right now: At least we’re not Louisville (where allergies are worst)

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A 16-year-old New Jersey thrill seeker was arrested for climbing to the top of 1 World Trade Center. Here’s how says he accessed it

The things people get away with (until they don’t). 

vogue:

“We will all miss her.”

Anna Wintour Remembers L’Wren Scott

Photographed by François Halard, Vogue, May 2012