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 Post subject: Now This is Inspiration
PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2004 1:26 pm 
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"If a task involves a food reward, they can be amazing," she said. "They'll work for a couple of hundred trials because they want these sugar pellets, even though we do not deprive them of food in any way."<p>Now that's a way to get copy editors inspired. Or maybe we're too smart for that.
How about reporters then?
It has worked before.<p>Reuters


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 Post subject: Re: Now This is Inspiration
PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2004 1:39 pm 
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How could you cite that story and omit mention of this headline?<p>Lemurs aren't so stupid after all<p>And this graf?<p>So far, it suggests primitive animals such as lemurs need a good reason, such as a treat, to bother trying to count. Humans and monkeys, in contrast, will stretch their minds simply out of curiosity.<p>Tsk, tsk. Generalizations.


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 Post subject: Re: Now This is Inspiration
PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2004 3:05 pm 
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I doubt if any of you has enough spare time for this, but I just a had a good laugh treating this stupid science article as Mad-lib source material. Import the text into your word processor and find-replace all references to "lemurs" with say, "marketing administrators."


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 Post subject: Re: Now This is Inspiration
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So far, it suggests primitive animals such as lemurs need a good reason, such as a treat, to bother trying to count. Humans and monkeys, in contrast, will stretch their minds simply out of curiosity.<p>Wait. Do monkeys actually count, in the wild, simply out of curiosity? I missed that Nature episode.<p>[ May 13, 2004: Message edited by: JPSheehan ]</p>


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