we’re so bummed to not be at #leakycon this weekend! ✨💫 (at

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cute date idea: let me sleep in your bed for hours on end because I’m tired of being a person

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I liked Anna so much more 3 years ago

what a terrible feeling it is to inconsistently love yourself


Best dog award goes to…

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Washoe was a chimp who was taught sign language.

One of Washoe’s caretakers was pregnant and missed work for many weeks after she miscarried. Roger Fouts recounts the following situation:

"People who should be there for her and aren’t are often given the cold shoulder—her way of informing them that she’s miffed at them. Washoe greeted Kat [the caretaker] in just this way when she finally returned to work with the chimps. Kat made her apologies to Washoe, then decided to tell her the truth, signing "MY BABY DIED." Washoe stared at her, then looked down. She finally peered into Kat’s eyes again and carefully signed "CRY", touching her cheek and drawing her finger down the path a tear would make on a human (Chimpanzees don’t shed tears). Kat later remarked that one sign told her more about Washoe and her mental capabilities than all her longer, grammatically perfect sentences." [23]

Washoe herself lost two children; one baby died shortly after birth of a heart defect, the other baby, Sequoyah, died of a staph infection at two months of age.

more about Washoe:

after the death of her children, researchers were determined to have Washoe raise a baby and brought in a ten month chimpanzee named Loulis. one of the caretakers went to Washoe’s enclosure and signed “i have a baby for you.” Washoe became incredibly excited, yelling and swaying from side to side, signing “baby” over and over again. then she signed “my baby.”

the caretaker came back with Loulis, and Washoe’s excitement disappeared entirely. she refused to pick Loulis up, instead signing “baby” apathetically; it was clear that the baby she thought she was getting was going to be Sequoyah. eventually Washoe did approach Loulis, and by the next day the two had bonded and from then on she was utterly devoted to him.

*information shamelessly paraphrased from When Elephants Weep by Jeffrey Masson.

Even more interestingly, after Washoe and Loulis bonded, she started teaching him American Sign Language the same way that human parents teach their children language. It only took Loulis eight days to learn his first sign from Washoe, and aside from the seven that his human handlers learned around him, he learned to speak in ASL just as fluently as Washoe and was able to communicate with humans in the same way she could.

now if y’all don’t think this is the tightest shit you can get outta my face

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i’ll always love you ‘cause we grew up together and you helped make me who i am. i just wanted you to know there will be a piece of you in me always, and i’m grateful for that. whatever someone you become, and wherever you are in the world, i’m sending you love. you’re my friend to the end.

— her (2013)

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JacksGap asked people from all over the world to Skype in and talk about what they love. 

This is The Collaboration Project.

"It’s up to you."

Devin mapped out the destinations and locations over and over and found that Toledo was only eight hours from home, closer than she thought. Forging paths from Pennsylvania to Wisconsin, she snaked through mountains and Pittsburgh suburbs and the cornfields that lined the way.
“Only eight hours tomorrow,” Devin thought. She had enough music to keep her occupied and sleeping in the car was always an option. It was exhausting to travel with her family. Even after two days on the road, spending a week “relaxing” together sounded like torture.
Devin continued to scan the map to discover that Missouri bordered Illinois on the southwest side. She had never been there and had always thought it to be on the southeast in place of Kentucky. She was sure to remember now, as Jackson had just returned from school in St. Louis.
This realization startled her. Devin put down the map and delicately traced the cotton seams of her pillow, thinking of what she had yet to learn for herself.
All she knew was only what she had experienced: small town Pennsylvania and the states that led her to Lake Michigan on that familiar trek…

Will you continue it for me?
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what if people named their kids when they turn 18 so the kid has a name that fits its personality


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