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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.

This is the most adorable experiment that has ever been done.





i don’t get this. why does this have so many notes. does it have to do with the type of ice cream? Napoleon ice cream? Napoleon Bonaparte? is that Napoleon Bonaparte’s hand?

nobody explain



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(Robot Improv scene - build the scene one line at a time)

Blue Robot: Hey Yellow Robot, thanks for letting me crash at your place for a while. I just need some time to recharge.

Yellow Robot: No problem buddy. I know going through a divorce can be tough. Hey by the way, this is my roommate, Silver Robot.

silver Robot:: Exterrrrrminate…

Yellow: Don’t worry about him. He’s harmless. He just has flashbacks from the Robot Vs Human Wars.

Blue: Hi Silver, nice haircut. Why se don’t take a beer ?

(Silver tries to destroy Blue. Yellow holds him back) 
Yellow: He’s been sober ever since the Wars. 

Blue: sober! Omg what’s wrong with you

( blue try to destroy silver)

Yellow: Hey! Let’s settle this like Gentlebots. (Sets up life-sized Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots Game)

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