Juli Helms
Bonjour! I'm Juli. I blog about books at The Reviews News, but I'm also a musician, polyglot, fine art photographer (Slivered Moon Photography), theatre junkie , PLL Trendsetter, Speech and Debater, and writer. Books and music keep me alive. Welcome!
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our ends are beginnings

oh my god this took my breath away

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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.

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One of the reasons atla was a great show was because of the bonding/friendship/family times. I really liked that. uvu

(Apologies for the exaggerated crying Aang in the first gif. This was an unplanned thing were the rest just followed. I know Aang doesn’t cry like that haha.


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precious babbys…

I still kinda hate kai


precious babbys…

I still kinda hate kai

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pros: cons

cons: pros

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i’m tasteless but so is water and we all need that

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i need clear skin by yesterday

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According to chemistry, alcohol IS a solution.


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