phillanthropist:

1800analbeads:

songofages:

harry-truman:

casatoo:

sugar-spider:

a-whole-clan-of-johnnys:

interesting-fact:

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holy shit dude

If you don’t know Alex, I suggest you read up on him. Because yeah, sure, any parrot can mimic, but Alex was one of the first to prove on many occasions that he understood the meaning behind the words he said.

With that in mind, just think about what he said for a sec. Alex had to understand on some level that death means leaving. That’s fucking mindblowing.

Alex also was shown to have the intelligence of a young child, anywhere from 3 to 5 years old. He could do basic addition and subtraction, and independently taught himself the concept of zero (something that most CIVILIZATIONS couldn’t do!) He had a vocabulary of thousands of words, some of which he made up himself, and had deep interpersonal bonds with many scientists and trainers, as well as other parrots. 

Alex the parrot is basically the coolest bird ever.

animals are often smarter than you think. There is/was a gorilla they taught sign language to. And one day she asked for a kitten. they gave her a stuffed animal but she signed sad. She wanted a real one. She was allowed to choose one from a litter. 

She named it All Ball and she loved it.

Except one day All Ball escaped from the cage and was hit by a car. And this shows you just how much animals can understand. They signed what had happened but didn’t think the gorilla would understand. But she started making weeping, howling/crying sounds and the signs for bad, sad, etc. 

And then “Sleep, cat”. She understood death.

She’s had two kittens since then.

Animals understand more than you think. Depends on the animal, yes. 

I remember one video where Alex asked “Can I have some water?” I almost died

I still think about this sometimes

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Q

spoopyraccoon asked:

What is the most underreported story/event of 2013 (so far)?

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shortformblog:

» SFB says: There are a few, but I’d say that the situation involving Robert Ethan Saylor, the Maryland man who was killed outside of a movie theater in the hands of police, is a good place to start. Saylor, who had Down’s syndrome, was watching a movie and liked it so much that he stayed in the theater to watch it again. He refused to leave; police were called. His aide, who was with him in the theater, warned police about his condition and to be careful about how they treated him. Police were not careful, and Saylor was restrained by three separate sets of handcuffs. While in custody, his medical condition flared up, leading to his death in a local hospital. Despite all that, a grand jury ruled that the officers had not committed a crime. Months later, people are still calling for an state investigation into the incident. — Ernie @ SFB

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Today, August 5, 2013, marks the one year anniversary of the Oak Creek Shooting. On August 5, 2012, a white supremacist shot and killed six people attending religious services at the suburban Milwaukee temple. The shooter also seriously injured another temple member and shot a police officer before taking his own life. Though Sikhism is the fifth largest organized religion in the world and boasts approximately 30 million members worldwide, Sikhs have been victims of violence since the Sept. 11 attacks led many Americans to fear men wearing turbans and beards.

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harry-truman:

casatoo:

sugar-spider:

a-whole-clan-of-johnnys:

interesting-fact:

Source

image

holy shit dude

If you don’t know Alex, I suggest you read up on him. Because yeah, sure, any parrot can mimic, but Alex was one of the first to prove on many occasions that he understood the meaning behind the words he said.

With that in mind, just think about what he said for a sec. Alex had to understand on some level that death means leaving. That’s fucking mindblowing.

Alex also was shown to have the intelligence of a young child, anywhere from 3 to 5 years old. He could do basic addition and subtraction, and independently taught himself the concept of zero (something that most CIVILIZATIONS couldn’t do!) He had a vocabulary of thousands of words, some of which he made up himself, and had deep interpersonal bonds with many scientists and trainers, as well as other parrots. 

Alex the parrot is basically the coolest bird ever.

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Wait, Hannah and Mamrie aren’t related?

My whole life has been a lie…