Evidence for a midlife crisis in great apes

Evidence for a midlife crisis in great apes consistent with the U-shape in human well-being

When humans in midlife reside,
We oft feel a bit off our stride
But it’s not our society
That brings this anxiety:
It’s just that we’re great apes inside.

Alexander Weiss, James E. King, Miho Inoue-Murayama, Tetsuro Matsuzawa, and Andrew J. Oswald.
Evidence for a midlife crisis in great apes consistent with the U-shape in human well-being.
PNAS 2012 : 1212592109v1-201212592.

(Note: Why did all the media coverage of this talk about men and male apes when the article emphasizes that sex is not a factor?)

Apotropaios

‘Concealed Shoes’, ‘Northampton Museum’s Concealed Shoe Index’, ‘Hidden Shoes and Concealed Beliefs’
Available as .pdfs on the Archaeological Leather Group website

Shoes Concealed in Buildings
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The English hide shoes in the wall;
In roof-beams; under planks in the hall.
Why hide a shoe?
–I don’t know, they just do.
‘Cause they always have done, that is all.

Cameron, E., Swann, J., Volken, M., and Pitt, F. (1998) Hidden Shoes and Concealed Beliefs. Archaeological Leather Group Newsletter, Feb 1998 , pp. 2-6
Dixon-Smith, Denise (1990) Concealed Shoes. Archaeological Leather Group Newsletter, no 6., pp. 2-4
MacKay, Andrew (1991) Northampton Museum’s Concealed Shoe Index. Archaeological Leather Group Newsletter, no 7., pp. 3-4
Swann, June (1996) Shoes Concealed in Buildings. Costume no.30, p.56-69

The Earliest Matches

The Earliest Matches
Online at PLoS ONE

Long, pointy, and round, not too thick;
So of course, they assume it’s a dick.
But spun in a gyre,
It will light your fire!
(If you said, “So will mine!”– you’re a prick.)

Goren-Inbar N, Freikman M, Garfinkel Y, Goring-Morris NA, Grosman L (2012) The Earliest Matches. PLoS ONE 7(8): e42213. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0042213