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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Are We That Evolved?


Interesting study done with Capuchin monkeys.  Full article is here.  But basically, they gave monkeys tokens representing monetary value and wanted to see what would happen.  The monkeys could trade the tokens for grapes.  What they found is that yes, monkeys figured that out pretty quickly (as would be expected) but what may have been unexpected for some, the monkeys exhibited very human like behavior when it came to trying to STEAL the tokens in one case and in another, trading a token for sex with another monkey wherein that monkey immediately traded the token for a grap.  Hmmm...sounds like what a lot of men would do in my opinion.  I also found this little tidbit interesting...

‘The capuchin has a small brain, and it’s pretty much focused on food and sex,” said Keith Chen, a Yale economist who along with Laurie Santos, a psychologist, are the two researchers who have had made the study. ”You should really think of a capuchin as a bottomless stomach of want,” Chen says. ”You can feed them marshmallows all day, they’ll throw up and then come back for more.”

They may have a smaller brain than humans but I gotta tell ya...I love me some marshmallows.  :)

So what else is going on in Panda's world other than reading about (and listening to Hubby talk about) capuchin monkeys?  Not a whole heck of a lot.

I worked out yesterday.  Yes, ladies and gents...I WORKED OUT.  I created my own little version of circuit training in my house.  Didn't really have a plan.  Just brought out the kettle bells, hand weights and pull up bar and incorporated some cardio in between all of it.  My cardio was running up and down the stairs and doing jumping jacks.  Gotta tell ya, it was pretty intense and my arms are a bit sore this morning.  The good kind of sore.  Also, I realized how out of shape I am already.  I could barely lift the medium kettle bell and that used to be my bell of choice.  I'm thinking the 30 Day Shred today.  We shall see.

I won tickets to Disney Land!!  My work raffled of some and I actually won 2 free tickets.  Now...I had mentioned in a previous post how we were thinking of doing a trip to Disney this summer or fall.  Well, we had pretty much decided not to.  I'm planning a trip to visit my sister in SC in July, we're going to Vegas for the Warrior Dash in October and we just got informed of Hubby's brother getting married in November in Atlanta.  That's a lot of money for trips for two people who never go anywhere.  But with these free tickets, we may just have to make it work.  I'm VERY excited!

Trying to get through the week here.  Hubby is going to Vegas this weekend for a bachelor party.  I'm so glad he decided to go as he's definitely due for some time away.  It's only overnight so it's not much time away but at least it's something.  I'm cat sitting for a friend this weekend (just going in and feeding it...she says to be surprised if I even SEE the cat).  I'm also meeting up with some AZ Bandsters on Saturday!!!  This is the first time I will meet people from Blogland.  I am so excited!!!!!!!!! (Is that enough exclamation points?  Are you really FEELING the excitement?)

So that's what's happening in Candyland this week.  And now for a Hump Day Happy Thought to get us through til Friday....

8 comments:

A.J. said...

Oooooh! SC & ATL are soooo close to TN. *wishes we could work out a meet-up*

Sarah said...

I am very jealous. I would love to meet people from blogland.
*wonders if anyone is in Orlando this August*

LDswims said...

Interesting that Capuchin monkeys like money. I like money, too. I should do better about not trading it, though. Would love to see a monkey save! That would be crazy!

So proud of you on the workout! Very proud!!!

I love all the trips you have planned, but yeah, you gotta squeeze in Disney. How long are the tickets good for?

4 Smith's said...

Good job on the workout!! Next stop for me once feeling fully recovered! I'm thinking next week when my kids are FINALLY out of school for the summer we will start by taking some walks together!!!

Oh Disney, we love Disney World....never have been to Disneyland...can't imagine that they are that different.

jennxaz said...

I laughed out loud about the monkeys...I guess we have not evolved that much! Great job on the workout!!!!
Nice job winning tickets...what a great reason for a trip now!!

Lyla said...

You'll probably be super busy while in Atlanta, but I'm only 2 hours away and it would be easy for me to come if we had a little get together. . .

Leigh C. said...

Very interesting about the monkeys. Hope you make it to Disney, it truly is the happiest place on earth:-)

Mari said...

Good on you for working out lovely! x