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Friday, May 07, 2021

Julia, her friends and family agreed, had style. When, out of the blue, the 18-year-old chimpanzee began inserting long, stiff blades of grass into one or both ears and then went about her day with her new statement accessories clearly visible to the world, the other chimpanzees at the Chimfunshi wildlife sanctuary in Zambia were dazzled.


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Pretty soon, they were trying it, too: first her son, then her two closest female friends, then a male friend, out to eight of the 10 chimps in the group, all of them struggling, in front of Julia the Influencer " and hidden video cameras " to get the grass-in-the-ear routine just right. "It was quite funny to see," said Edwin van Leeuwen of the University of Antwerp, who studies animal culture. "They tried again and again without success. They shivered through their whole bodies."


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Is inserting grass into one's ears a sufficient explanation for Trumpism? I suppose it helps to be a monkey first.

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2021-05-07 09:31 AM | Reply

Zed, social influencer.

#2 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2021-05-07 11:50 AM | Reply

Zed, social influencer.


Have a banana.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2021-05-07 11:55 AM | Reply

#3 Hey, you should read this. A lot I knew, but it's mostly examples from different species. The bee one at the end sort of shocked me (how big is a bee brain?) but really it sort of makes sense taken in the context of the article.

#4 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2021-05-07 01:03 PM | Reply

I used to stick grass in my ears until one of my running buddies told me to stick it in a one-hitter, instead.

#5 | Posted by madscientist at 2021-05-07 08:23 PM | Reply

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