Fridays @ Five (July 29, 2016)

Fridays @ Five: Five Things We Loved this Week

Every Friday, we send out an exclusive list of five unique or interesting things we’ve found (or explored) around the web during the week.

It may include books, gadgets, albums, articles, new hacks/tricks, and — of course — all sorts of weird stuff we dig up around the web. It’s often focused on Intuitive things and personal growth. Please feel free to spread the word with friends who would also enjoy.

Here’s some great stuff to check out over the coming weekend…



PHwendigo1. WENDIGOS

Wendigos are terrifying. Basically, they are the result of humans who have partaken in cannibalism for any reason. Wendigos are a monster/evil spirit whose lore is mostly found in Algonquin-speaking native tribes throughout the northeastern United States and Canada. It interests me that wendigos, and creatures like them, are a necessary story in many cultures. They definitely serve the purpose of deterring humans from eating other humans, but it makes me wonder about the other kinds of stories told within a cultural context that serve a specific purpose. Can you think of stories that exist in our cultural to serve a similar mechanism? Let me know in the comments. Click here to read the Wendigo wikipedia page.





In the early 1970s, a scientist named John Calhoun constructed a utopia for mice. They didn’t have to fight for resources or space, and could spend their mice lives doing whatever they pleased. Each variation of this experiment was referred to as “Universe” with a number assigned to each one… ie. “Universe 1,” “Universe 2,” etc. Calhoun created 100 of these experimental universes. Universes 1-24 could sustain a small population of rats or mice for any amount of time, without any noticeable changes in behavior. Universes 25-100 were designed to provide for any population increase of rats within the container. Universe 25 is considered the most well known, with rat behavior reaching a peak of around 2,200 before plummeting into extinction. Calhoun observed that female rats who produced young would often attack and kill their own offspring, while another portion of female rats refused to reproduce at all. Unlike the previous 24 universes, the rats divided into two distinct groups: ones who displayed aggressive behavior towards their peers and offspring, and a group that didn’t reproduce and spent their days behaving in a very meek manner, or repeatedly bathing themselves. This pattern of behavior continued for all of the following universe iterations. Since the publication of the experiment’s findings, Calhoun’s “behavioral sink” has been used as evidence for the potentially disastrous effects of overpopulation in the human world. Calhoun didn’t want his work to be seen as a doomsday prophecy, however- he wanted to figure out how we can adapt our environment in a suitable way for a growing world.

Click here and here to read some articles about it.





Our first ancestor may have only been “half-alive.” LUCA, or the Last Universal Common Ancestor, is thought to be the first organism that eventually gave way to all life on Earth. It wasn’t a being in the way that we would think of one- it was mostly a cloud of proteins living at the bottom of the ocean. It left no footprints or fossils, but its genes can be found in almost all life on our planet. There is some debate as to whether or not it was truly “half living,” or if it was the first organism on Earth- but most scientists who weighed in on LUCA agree that it was, in fact, *our* LUCA. What do you think of LUCA? I find it really interesting that our last common ancestor was an oceanic blob. It’s certainly humbling. Click here to read the article.




PH-tiny-buddha4. 50 WAYS TO SHOW GRATITUDE

We’re thinking about doing our podcast this week on gratitude. I found a very comprehensive list on different ways to show gratitude to different people in our lives on Tiny Buddha. I try to show appreciation for the people in my life, but this post has given me some solid tips that I’ll have to start implementing. Click here to read the article.






Antonia loves Zach Anner. We will regularly sit around and watch several episodes of Workout Wednesdays in a row. I didn’t include his channel because it’s super deep or iNtuitive, but he’s such an amazingly positive person. And he’s hilarious. Zach has muscular dystrophy, and despite being born with a genuinely awful condition, he remains inspiring and delightful. Our favorites are the very first Workout Wednesday, and the WW where he climbs up a flight of stairs.

Click here and here to watch our favorite “Workout Wednesdays:”


So there you have it. Of course these picks reflect some of my personal biases and interests – but having hung around the Personality Hacker community for a while now – and being personal growth focused – I’m pretty sure you will find at least one thing from the above list to be interesting.
Also – leave a comment or your thoughts below. Love to hear what you think.

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  • Naomi

    One of the cultural phenomena I’ve been attuned to lately is the committing of totally repulsive acts in the service of absolutely bonkers beliefs. These are the sorts of beliefs and acts that any human with a normal set of neurological functions (empathy, compassion, repulsion to suffering, etc) would have to spend years cultivating a mental callous around to be able to actually carry them out — and people do carry them out.

    WARNING: the following links could put you off your lunch:

    Vultures are believed to be able to see the future, so people kill them for their eyes and heads — e.g. to predict the World Cup (!!):

    “Where albino body parts fetch big money, albinos still get butchered”:

    Some people truly believe that having sex with a virgin cures AIDS — which has led to the rise of infant and child rape in many places:

    Memes can be truly scary things. Occasionally I’m apt to believe Terence McKenna when he says “culture is not your friend”…

    • Addison Dunlap

      Uggghhh, I love these. It’s so crazy what some people believe without question. I recently ran into someone who thought that LSD gets “stored” in your spine after you take it and any breakage/ “crack” of the spine could immediately send you into a psychotic episode- and I was like, “…?” That doesn’t medically make sense.. I don’t know if it’s a lack of education on the part of the individual in question or an unwavering belief in authority. Whatever. 😛

  • Naomi

    What a great bunch of links! My eyes went wide for the first three in particular. Absolute brain-candy for Exploration.

    Btw, I credit PH with giving me the vocabulary around the Ne process to be able to convey to people what I need to feel whole (as an INTP) without having to resort to introducing them to any kind of typology. Big ups to all of you hard-working intuitives at PH.

    • Addison Dunlap

      Thank you! It’s appreciated 🙂

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