~ Good Housekeeping’s Book of Menus, Recipes, and Household Discoveries, c. 1922
Note: Reading this makes me want to go and hug my clothes dryer
Marmosets Chat Like We Do
If you know how to take your turn in polite conversation, you have at least one thing in common with the common marmoset. A group of researchers recorded pairs of these rat-sized monkeys (Callithrix jacchus, above) as they exchanged their piercing “phee” calls from opposite sides of a curtain. Surprisingly, the two calls never overlapped, even in exchanges lasting as long as 30 minutes. Frogs and insects are known to space out their calls so that potential mates can hear their individual voices. But the marmoset’s painfully shrill repartee is more complex and likely serves a different purpose, the group reports online in Current Biology. This attentive creature leaves a uniform pause (about 5 seconds) before responding to its neighbor’s call, and adjusts its rhythm if the neighbor speeds up or slows down. The cooperative pattern strongly resembles human conversation, the authors say, and it doesn’t occur in our closer primate relatives, such as chimpanzees. The researchers suggest that man and marmoset both evolved turn-taking because we share important social traits: We’re highly vocal and we form social groups to care for our offspring collectively. So why does it pay to wait your turn? Alternating calls might make it easier to transmit a message over background noise. (For tree-dwelling marmosets, this message likely includes the age, sex, or location of the distant caller.) Turn-taking may also relieve stress by allowing marmosets to acknowledge one another from a distance rather than spouting random “phees” in a neighbor’s general direction. It’s comforting to know someone is listening.
I know it’s late, but this is funny.
1. The customer who orders a big round of drinks. One. At. A. Time.
They think you’re too stupid to get it right if they just tell you them all at once. Inevitably, they’ll want a Guinness, and, inevitably, it will be the last thing they remember to mention.
2. The person who dumps their money down onto the wet bar
Your outstretched hand is right there, but actual, physical contact with a service worker is below them. Instead, they make you fish it out from a sticky pool of spilled beer.
3. The one with the ridiculous order - like coffee
It’s 11pm on a Saturday night, the place is absolutely rammed with sweaty people craving booze - making a cappuccino is going to take ages. Why are they even at a bar? Why do they even exist?
Cut Feather Shadowboxes by Chris Maynard
Intricately carved feathers turned into scenes where smaller birds emerge from the plumage.
'What is this life, if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?’
Taken last weekend, at a field on the outskirts of Ponteland.
The children’s hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock performs a lip-dub of Katy Perry’s Roar. Try not to cry, ok?