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TALKING POINTS:

The Dogs Talk, Grass Ain't Greener, DM Weiner Edition
 


Volume 24.

By: Kate Wells | Illustrations: Tom Froese

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NEWS BITES

Dog got your tongue? It turns out your furry best friend really does know what you’re saying. A new study found that canines understand both the meaning of words and the intonation used when speaking. But the more impressive part of this story is that to conduct the research, 13 family dogs were trained to sit totally still for seven minutes in an MRI scanner as their brain activity was measured. Take note cat lovers – you can’t even get your pet to pee outside.  

The grass isn’t always greener. If you are prone to falling in love with every city you visit, just cool your boots. Psychology actually debunks the idea that we would be happier if we lived somewhere else. Changing cities is associated with a lower sense of well-being, higher stress levels and fewer positive social relationships – your happiness is most directly correlated to your perception. So before you pack up your suitcase, take a walk around the block and enjoy the sight of your neighbours’ yellowing lawns. 

History reseats itself. "I cannot stand and sing the anthem. I cannot salute the flag. I know that I am a black man in a white world." These are not the words of Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback who recently refused to stand during the national anthem, but rather Jackie Robinson in his 1972 autobiography. This piece looks into the history behind the NFL star’s protest and explores how the anthem’s reference to slavery has caused many athletes before him to use their platform for activism – each of whom received much of the same backlash Kaepernick is seeing now. 

From midnight to six o’clock. Confused how a man once set for political greatness, and married to one of the most successful women in the United States could be thick enough to be caught sexting not once, but three times? (Please note that the latest offense was a photo of his erect penis taken next to his sleeping infant son.) The Cut offers a look into the idea that a personality disorder called exhibitionist narcissism could explain Anthony Weiner’s downfall. The personality traits associated with it include: grandiosity, competitiveness, attention seeking and being sexually seductive. Any woman who has ever used Tinder can identify at least 10 other men suffering from the same mental illness.

The water cooler makes the heart grow fonder. Turns out your work crush may not be a real thing, but rather a scientific phenomenon. In a study, participants’ brains were scanned as they looked at photographs of people’s faces. Subjects were most attracted to the people whose photos were shown more often. The sweet spot for attraction comes around the fourth viewing, even if they felt no attraction for the first three encounters. Four more awkward encounters around the water cooler and true love could be yours!