10 Facts About Chimpanzees That Hold A Dark Mirror To Humanity

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There’s a part of ourselves that we can see in chimpanzees. They are our closest living ancestors, creatures who share 99 percent of our DNA and behave more like human beings than any other species on Earth.

They are a glimpse into the basest part of our nature. They are a living embodiment of the human id, of the dark, animalistic thing that drives us deep inside. They are a terrifying insight into humanity, unrestrained.

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5 Little-Known Ways To Up Your Kid’s Emotional Intelligence

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Emotional intelligence is the buzziest parenting term for a reason: When you teach your kids to care about how other people feel, you teach them to become actual, decent humans. And if parents don’t nurture empathy, kids won’t develop the part of the brain that makes them care about others. While there are several go-to tactics for upping emotional IQ, here are a few lesser-known methods to help out.

 

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The Troubling Way Our Brains Are Wired For Prejudice

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It’s hard to imagine where some of these people come from. When you see graffiti on a wall calling to “Make America White Again” or an Alt-Right assembly throw up the Nazi salute, it’s hard to wrap your mind around how someone could become that filled with hate.

What happened? How is it possible that people who started off life as nothing more than children grow into hate-filled, prejudiced human beings?

We like to say that nobody is born racist, but it’s not entirely true. The dark reality is that the seed that grows into racism exists in everyone. Human beings are born predisposed to prejudice. Even if we don’t let that seed grow into hatred, many of us still feel a sense of “otherness” about other races. Whether we want it to or not, it affects the way we interact.

It’s just how our brains are wired. We instinctively sort people into groups, and that sparks a natural psychological process that, if left unchecked, can push us into racism and fear.

And it starts nearly as soon as we are born.

[Read the full article at Parent.co]

10 Bizarre Facts About The Pharaohs Of Ancient Egypt

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The pharaohs of Egypt were treated like gods. They were rulers of one of the first great civilizations, living in absolute luxury, with dominion over an empire the likes of which the world had never seen. They dined on milk and honey. Teams of people died building statues in their honor. And, when their own lives came to an end, they were buried in world wonders that have stood for more than 4000 years.

Nobody had ever had that type of power before. The pharaohs were pioneers in a new frontier of decadence, exploring the new world of absolute power and luxury in ways that nobody ever had before. They were enjoying life like never before—and sometimes, they got a bit carried away.

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10 Crazy Facts About The Great Australian Emu War

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In 1932, Australia declared war on emus. And, by most accounts, the emus won. It’s one of the Internet’s favorite stories, one that’s been spread on every website that deals in shocking facts – including this one.

But the story, which played out over months, is usually told in a single sentence. Every detail that led up to the Great Emu War is cut out, and we never hear the answers to those questions that immediately spring to mind: What could have made Australia think going to war with emus was a good idea? And how in the world did they lose?

It’s a shame, because the full story is incredible—and a little less absurd than it seems.

[Read the full article at Listverse.com]

How To Avoid Getting Screwed When Dealing With A Contractor

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Sometimes, picking the right contractor feels like more work than just fixing it yourself. It’s a nerve-racking experience. You have to trust another person with your home, and – unlike you – they’re not going to be living there when the work’s done. Picking the wrong person can mean delays, ballooning costs, shoddy work, or worse.

If there’s one person who knows how to get good work at a fair rate, it’s Scott McGillivray. The host of HGTV’s “Income Property”, Scott’s seen his fair share of contractors and is an expert in 2 things: home repairs and how to spend your money wisely. Here are his tips for making sure you’re paying the right price for the right work.

[Read the full article at Fatherly.com]

Colonialism’s Cages: When Indigenous People Were Placed In Human Zoos

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In the thick of late 19th and early 20th century colonialism, across Europe and the United States, people — along with animals — could be found in zoos. There, white families could gawk at individuals who had been dragged from foreign countries and placed inside cages, where they acted out a performance of their “daily life” for the onlookers’ entertainment.

Indigenous peoples of Africa, Asia, the Americas — and almost anywhere else that non-white people could be found — served as the exhibits’ subjects.

[See the full gallery at All That Is Interesting.]