Instant Index: Midlife Crisis in Chimps; The Myth We Use 10 Percent of Our Brains

Nov 19, 2012 4:57pm

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From the unconventional and awe-inspiring to the hilarious and heartwarming, here’s a look at some of the most interesting photos, videos and stories that have our newsroom talking today. What’s capturing your attention, filling your inbox and cluttering your Facebook/Twitter feed? Tweet us the stories you’re talking  about using #InstantIndex or email us at ABC.WorldNews@abc.com and they could appear on World News.

Tonight’s Instant Index:

100% Fiction
The myth that we only use 10 percent of our brains has long been known to be fiction, but that hasn’t stopped it from spreading. Roughly two-thirds of Americans believed it and according to a recently released study in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, 47 percent of teachers think it’s true too.

The Next ‘Sneezing’ Panda?
“The Sneezing Baby Panda” YouTube video has surpassed 150 million views and if the reaction in our newsroom is any indication this video of a surprised red panda is on its way to becoming a classic too. According to Gawker,  the panda was startled by a zookeeper at Japan’s Sapporo Maruyama Zoo.

Apes Have Midlife Crises
Humans evolved from the ancestors of modern apes and with shared relatives apparently  comes common problems. According to a new study, apes, like humans, have midlife crises. ”The midlife crisis is real,” said Dr. Andrew Oswald, co-author of the study of 500 chimpanzees and orangutans published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “Great apes go through it also, so it is inescapable for the average person.”

New Arrivals
Four newborn lion cubs are just beginning to find their way in the world and thanks to the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle the world can watch as they grow from clumsy cubs to courageous cats. The cubs were born on Nov. 8 and this video shows their mother nurturing them one week after giving birth.

Australian Waterspout
On Sunday, a gigantic waterspout was spotted off the coast of Australia about 170 miles south of Sydney. The waterspout lasted for approximately 15 minutes and caused no damage. The storm that caused the spout was responsible for more than 24,000 lightning strikes in the area. 

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