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The Marshmallow Test

I was reading an article today on the Marshmallow Test. It's basically a test of whether a kid can delay gratification by giving the kid a marshmallow on a plate, but telling them if they don't eat it when the researcher leaves, when the researcher comes back they'll given the kid two.

The article I was reading talked about another aspect of the test involving the environment and past experiences, but that's not important. What is important is that they pointed out this was one of the funniest experiments to watch because the kids were so hilarious in their attempts to not eat the marshmallow.

Need proof? I present to you a video of kids doing the Marshmallow Test.

My favorite is the little girl who by the time the researcher says "two" has that marshmallow stuffed in her mouth. :D

In keeping with the Halloween spirit

Since I have today off (Columbus Day is a Federal holiday, strangely enough), I figured I'd post a article to inspire Halloween tales. It deals with vampires in America during the late 1800s, strangely enough.

The Great New England Vampire Panic.

I thought it interesting that this vampire hunt (and one that also occurred in the Chicago area both dealt with tuberculosis (called consumption at the time). Consumption was a very, very common disease during the Victorian era. So much so that there is a lot of speculation that the Victorian ideal beauty (thin, frail, fainting, pale, with shortness of breath to produce the infamous heaving bosom) is based on the symptoms of tuberculosis. The Smithsonian article even mentions that one of the characters that becomes a vampire in Bram Stoker's Dracula (published 1897) wastes away like a victim of tuberculosis.


Yesterday, miome and I discovered an Imperial moth on our apartment door. The one we saw looked a lot like the one in the first photograph: about half brown and half yellow. And no, I don't care that the article insists it's yellow and purple. It was brown. Also, do not let the picture fool you. Those things are huge. The one we saw easily had a four inch wingspan. I wish I had my camera on me, because I would have loved to have snapped a picture, but I was on my way to work and didn't have time to go back inside to get it. By the time I got home, it was gone.

Today I read an article about an advocacy group trying to encourage the use of German over English or "Denglish" in Germany. I think my favorite part was this quote. "I'm not only trying to protect German, but English too... The English language is not just a pile of rubble from which we can pick and choose what we want." As a native English speaker my first reaction was "Why not? We do it all the time with other languages." :D