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In a simple experiment, researchers at the University of Chicago sought to find out whether a rat would release a fellow rat from an unpleasantly restrictive cage if it could. The answer was yes.

The free rat, occasionally hearing distress calls from its compatriot, learned to open the cage and did so with greater efficiency over time. It would release the other animal even if there wasn’t the payoff of a reunion with it. Astonishingly, if given access to a small hoard of chocolate chips, the free rat would usually save at least one treat for the captive — which is a lot to expect of a rat.

The researchers came to the unavoidable conclusion that what they were seeing was empathy — and apparently selfless behavior driven by that mental state.

“A New Model of Empathy: The Rat” by David Brown, Washington Post


this just in: rats are more humane than humans







“this leaves men confused and unable to pigeonhole you. What they are forced to do instead is… take you seriously.”

Reblog every time

Whoever wrote this dialogue is a freakin’ genius

What is this from?

did some research and it’s from “Syrup,” which looks to be a movie that came out this year. also it’s on netflix. 

Reblogging again

i will never NOT reblog this. best photoset on tumblr, hands down 

(Source: un-usuall-m3mory-x3)



Demand. Our. Stars. Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, and John Green are going on a #TFIOS tour this April for The Fault in Our Stars, and they could visit YOUR home state! Find out how to vote for your state here:

So Fox is doing this pretty cool thing: Shailene (who plays Hazel), Ansel (who plays Gus), Nat (who plays Isaac), and I (who is not in the move) are going on tour to support the movie.

(I’m pretty sure the tour is in May, not April, but maybe the official TFIOS tumblr knows more than I do.)

And instead of picking the states we travel to, they’re letting you pick by liking and reblogging the state(s) you want us to visit.

Shai, Nat, Ansel, and I are putting our fates in your hands, tumblypoos.

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