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Thursday, January 31, 2013

This one has me scratching my head.

The Smithsonian Zoo in Washington DC announced that it has purchased IPads for the orangutans it houses in its primate exhibit. It has to do with mental focus and boredom. Apparently this form of primate lives a really long time and in lay persons a term using an Ipad helps them maintain mental agility.

Question: What did they do before Steve Jobs was born?

Each orangutan has its favorite applications and they enjoy the tapping noise the key board brings to them. The attendants have to hold the Ipad because orangutans also have a penchant for destroying things. It seems they enjoy the act of destruction.

Iím not making this up. I sat with my mouth hanging open as the NBC Nightly News showed cute pictures of orangutans tapping out their favorite apps. But wait, there is more!!! The next video showed dolphins tapping the Ipad with their long noses.

Every time I turn on a TV I hear about this fiscal cliff and a world depression. We have hungry and homeless people subsisting through their entire life and we consider monkeys who play with computers a much more satisfying investment

Iím beginning to think we deserve everything we get.
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2013LOSE20 2/1/2013 5:55PM

  You can't compare world hunger with this. I don't see the analogy at all. That's like saying humans should not buy their dogs and cats toys or make their life satisfying because there is world hunger. Or we as humans should not take a vacation because there is world hunger. Actually the trainers can learn a lot from this that may help humans with very low I.Q's learn.

I always liked your gifted writing skills and still do but I don't agree with you on this one. I wish you a healthy weekend.



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CC3833 2/1/2013 3:44PM

    As cute as that seems to be I don't believe they need an ipad.

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DOLLY1259 2/1/2013 10:52AM

    Wow. Thanks for sharing. As a country we do have our priorities messed up. Many people live from paycheck to paycheck, are homeless or go to bed hungry. Definitely those in control are out of touch.



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NASFKAB 2/1/2013 5:05AM

  unbelievable this emphasis on being occupied is going too far

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/31/2013 9:47PM

    Sometimes it's difficult to ascertain the superior beings. LOL.

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MOBYCARP 1/31/2013 8:59PM

    I recall a pet store owner telling me about parrots and boredom. Parrots are also long-lived, and they got them toys to alleviate boredom. But those toys tended to be made of wood and not terribly expensive, so it wasn't a big deal that the parrots liked to tear them to pieces.

Could we get something a big cheaper than iPads for the orangutans to enjoy destroying?

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WORKINGSTIFF 1/31/2013 5:47PM

    The world is indeed a crazy place at times...monkeys with I pads and children without books, homes, or food.

But seriously, haven't we been doing the same thing to our own young for the past generation? I have friends who gushed about how prolific their toddlers were on computers, but I warned them: don't let them spend too much time on them. We have a generation growing up who is in constant need of external stimulation, and without it declare themselves "bored."



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REGILIEH 1/31/2013 4:02PM

    It is SICK!!!!! DISGUSTING!!!!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 1/31/2013 1:56PM

    My two furballs aka cats love my Ipad. They sleep on it every chance that get.

On a more serious note, I'm thinking there are other ways, that are natural, to keep them mentally stimulated for the balance of their lives. The best The Smithsonian Zoo could come up with is an IPad? Sad, very Sad!!

As a side note: Recently four homeless people turned down unopened, fresh food when I offered it to them. I'm still not sure how to process that.

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SLIMLEAF 1/31/2013 12:35PM

    That's incredible!

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CMBELISLE 1/31/2013 12:34PM

    Ahhhhh...nice to see our tax dollars at work. NOT! This is the kind of wasteful spending that really infuriates me. If the government weren't so deep in dept, fine - it's research, but this is ridiculous.

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GIRANIMAL 1/31/2013 11:12AM

    Finally, someone understands my bitter jadedness! emoticon

I saw a photo package about this online about a week ago, I think. I'm all for research, but I hear you loud and clear about having our priorities all screwed up. I have been obsessing over this TINY house for sale in my neighborhood, and it seems insane for the price, except when you consider that it's a double lot in Chicago (do you know how much food I could grow in such a HUGE yard?!) and, you know, smaller just seems smarter and smarter to me. emoticon

It might also have something to do with SUVs that run us cyclists off the road. Sigh. Sometimes I just want to scream "give me LESS!"

Of course, don't get me wrong. I'm not perfect and I see my own hypocrisy sometimes. Like "needing" a new computer, when I barely use the one I have at home now. All of our "stuff" is powerful stuff!

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NEEDBU66 1/31/2013 10:30AM

    Gave up on facebook
have a burn phone
don't have an I Pad.

It means I have to find my own way of trying to keep my mental agility intact. Wish me luck!

Hey, and speaking of luck, congrats on the grandkid!

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CRYSTALJEM 1/31/2013 10:08AM

    My cat's love our IPad, although they don't appear to have any favourite apps. They don't seem to like my dog barking app that much though. LOL.

If I was locked up in a cage I suppose I would appreciate someone holding an IPad for me to play with too - because after being locked up I'd probably be fairly destructive too.

We do get what we "deserve" - it's the way of the universe - it's where we go from there each time that matters. Sometimes the path is pretty muddy and it's impossible to figure out ourselves why or how it all fits into the picture, but somehow I do believe it does; even the horrible atrocities and even the stupidity.

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SHERIO5 1/31/2013 9:49AM

    I'm with you...

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HDHAWK 1/31/2013 9:20AM

    There are some pretty dumb decisions being made, no doubt about that!

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VICKI-BISHOP56 1/31/2013 9:02AM

  What will they come up with next???????????? emoticon

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MYOWNHERO 1/31/2013 9:02AM

    Now I'm dying to know what their favorite apps are...

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NEWMOM20121 1/31/2013 8:54AM

    emoticon

I have thought that for a while.

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ANATASHIKI 1/31/2013 8:49AM

    of course we deserve it emoticon and we're not far from the orangutans either, and I'm not excluding myself emoticon

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