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?)

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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

Future volcanism at Yellowstone caldera

Future volcanism at Yellowstone caldera: Insights from geochemistry of young volcanic units and monitoring of volcanic unrest
Featured science article at GSA Today

Rumbley tumbley,
Yellowstone Caldera
Someday is going to
Just up and explode.

Even with tools like
Geobarometry
We won’t have time to
Get out of the road.

Girard, Gillaume and Stix, John (2012). Future volcanism at Yellowstone caldera: Insights from geochemistry of young volcanic units and monitoring of volcanic unrest. GSA Today v. 22 issue 9 pp. 4-10.

(you use two unfamiliar sesquipedalians in your abstract, you get a double dactyl.)

The Cantabrian Orocline

Buckling an Orogen: The Cantabrian Orocline
Featured Science Article in GSA Today, July 2012

Buckling in neat folds, the
Variscan Orogen
Rose from the earth’s crust
(And all of that schist);

So why are its ridges all
Subperpendicular?
Forces came later that
Added a twist.

Gutiérrez-Alonso, G., Johnston, S.T., Weil, A. B., Pastor-Galán, D. and Fernández-Suárez, J., 2012, Buckling an Orogen: The Cantabrian Orocline: GSA Today, v. 22 issue 7, pp. 4-9

(articles that suffer from superabundances of sesquipedalian hexasyllabicals may end up with double dactyls insead of limericks. Double dactyls are quite likely to make less sense.)