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For centuries the West has found it useful to compare black people to monkeys

In the history of European cultures, the comparison of humans to apes and monkeys was disparaging from its very beginning.

When Plato—by quoting Heraclitus—declared apes ugly in relation to humans and men apish in relation to gods, this was cold comfort for the apes. 1,651 more words


Wow. Where do I even begin? Should I begin with how loud the orchestra of birds are in the early morning haze? Should I begin with the smell of smoke on my hair and clothes as the sky slowly changes to the cool dark blue of dusk? 609 more words



The Chinese tourism landscape is littered with superlatives. As one travels from site to site, it seems at times that nearly every one of them is preceded by a “most” or followed by an “-est”. 3,171 more words


Please Don't Touch The Wild Monkeys In Florida: They Might Have A Virus

Don’t touch that monkey!

If you happen to be visiting Florida, and are tempted to take a selfie with a random simian…don’t!  It turns out scientists have discovered that more than a quarter of feral rhesus macaque monkeys in that area carry the deadly herpes B virus.  91 more words


My 5 Favorite Stops In Bali

I could rant about the magic of Bali forever, and I want to go back to Southeast Asia so badly. I would absolutely love to go back to Bali and soak it all in again. 579 more words