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(Popular Science)   OMG its so CUTE I want to SQUEEZE IT   (popsci.com) divider line 73
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2013-01-29 10:09:43 AM
But enough about my zits...
 
2013-01-29 10:38:46 AM
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2013-01-29 10:49:55 AM
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2013-01-29 10:50:35 AM
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Diogenes: But enough about my zits...


I thought you typed tits.

/disappointed..
 
2013-01-29 10:54:43 AM
It's a good thing I'm wearing a jock.

Yes.  At the office.  You can never be too careful.
 
2013-01-29 10:56:04 AM
OH GOD I GOTTA SMUSH IT WITH MY FACE DAAAAAAWWWWWWWW SO CUTE
 
2013-01-29 11:01:30 AM
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oh shiat, man...don't do it...just stop right there
 
Pud [TotalFark]
2013-01-29 11:19:09 AM
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I will hug him and squeeze him and name him George
 
2013-01-29 11:58:55 AM

Cythraul: [images2.wikia.nocookie.net image 185x139]


i have been compared to elmira.  but i prefer the "it's so fluffy!" approach.
 
2013-01-29 12:02:54 PM

talulahgosh: Cythraul: [images2.wikia.nocookie.net image 185x139]

i have been compared to elmira.  but i prefer the "it's so fluffy!" approach.


I hope you don't squeeze your animals to death.
 
2013-01-29 12:27:30 PM
I admit, I get the urge.
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2013-01-29 12:30:15 PM
So THAT'S why my ex went all volatile! He just couldn't handle my constant cuteness... D'Awww.
 
2013-01-29 12:47:58 PM
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2013-01-29 12:48:50 PM
I have the sudden urge to grow alfalfa.
 
2013-01-29 12:51:58 PM

Cythraul: talulahgosh: Cythraul: [images2.wikia.nocookie.net image 185x139]

i have been compared to elmira.  but i prefer the "it's so fluffy!" approach.

I hope you don't squeeze your animals to death.


If you do, make sure you make a nice hair bow out of its skull
 
2013-01-29 12:53:30 PM
I used to loan my brain to the National Institutes of Health, and they would stuff me into a FMRI tube and show me pictures. Some scary (think mass graves and things that would haunt you for months) and some cute hamsters. Plus porn.

I'm just gonna say that they need update their porn.
 
2013-01-29 01:05:35 PM

Cythraul: [images2.wikia.nocookie.net image 185x139]


Over in two. And the dastardly deed itself must be included:


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2013-01-29 01:12:35 PM

Burr: Cythraul: talulahgosh: Cythraul: [images2.wikia.nocookie.net image 185x139]

i have been compared to elmira.  but i prefer the "it's so fluffy!" approach.

I hope you don't squeeze your animals to death.

If you do, make sure you make a nice hair bow out of its skull


I just realized that I have a couple of small animal skulls around here....and a red haired daughter who will be almost 2 come Halloween....looks like I found her costume.
 
2013-01-29 01:17:37 PM
Using popped bubbles in bubble wrap as a measure of aggression? I'm not sure whether that's genius or insane, but I'm kind of leaning toward genius. It's cheap and provides an easily measurable, easily comparable metric for how much a person was squeezing a thing. Whoever thought of that and whoever approved its use in this manner deserves... I don't know. A lollipop or something.
 
2013-01-29 01:18:29 PM
Well that explains a lot about a lot!
 
2013-01-29 01:19:37 PM
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2013-01-29 01:24:16 PM
Dyer's suggests that one reason we have so much pent-up aggression over cute pictures is that seeing something cute, like a baby, drives us to want to take care of it. But we can't reach through a photograph to cuddle it, so we get frustrated -- and then aggressive.

Another possibility is that it's just too much of a good thing -- sometimes we portray an onslaught of positive emotion in a negative way, like when you're so happy you cry. Dyer speculates that giving positive emotions a negative spin might help us regulate that high energy.



I have another possible explanation... Since the traits that compromise cuteness (big eyes, big heads, roundness, etc. - there's a field of study for it I can't quite remember the name of) are relatively universal among baby animals of just about all kinds perhaps it's the vestiges of an old instinct for working in the interest of self-preservation by killing off babies of species which might be competitors for resources with our ancient ancestors in the wild.

Basically an instinct which when we see a baby animal with those traits causes us to become fascinated with the juvenile animal until we kill it. Life in the wild for our ancestors wasn't all lolcats and clothes shopping like it is now... Things were pretty damn brutal.
 
2013-01-29 01:31:27 PM
I was flying in to Dallas recently, and once we pulled in to the walkway a little girl in a bright red dress went running up the aisle. "Escape! Escape!"

Me and the guy next to me talked her down, and eventually she got back with mom and dad. It was, in fact very cute.
 
2013-01-29 01:39:10 PM
Submitted the original article with a better headline.

My nickname is "Elmira".. so I can relate.
 
2013-01-29 01:41:32 PM
Shaunacy Ferro? Seriously?
 
2013-01-29 01:56:58 PM

Cythraul: talulahgosh: Cythraul: [images2.wikia.nocookie.net image 185x139]

i have been compared to elmira.  but i prefer the "it's so fluffy!" approach.

I hope you don't squeeze your animals to death.


no....?
well, not to death.
 
2013-01-29 02:00:42 PM

talulahgosh: Cythraul: talulahgosh: Cythraul: [images2.wikia.nocookie.net image 185x139]

i have been compared to elmira.  but i prefer the "it's so fluffy!" approach.

I hope you don't squeeze your animals to death.

no....?
well, not to death.


To the pain.
 
2013-01-29 02:00:59 PM
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2013-01-29 02:05:17 PM
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The answer is pretty obvious to me.
 
2013-01-29 02:07:26 PM
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2013-01-29 02:13:13 PM
Nothing beats cute Cthulhu!

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/that's not me
 
2013-01-29 02:19:45 PM
Tell me about the rabbits, George.
 
2013-01-29 02:40:50 PM
Tosses Elmira into Lake Lucerne
 
2013-01-29 02:56:23 PM
Man, this thread turned out way better than the headline promised.
 
2013-01-29 03:04:22 PM
My Lil friend, he don't move no more...
 
2013-01-29 03:05:06 PM

grimnir: Using popped bubbles in bubble wrap as a measure of aggression? I'm not sure whether that's genius or insane, but I'm kind of leaning toward genius. It's cheap and provides an easily measurable, easily comparable metric for how much a person was squeezing a thing. Whoever thought of that and whoever approved its use in this manner deserves... I don't know. A lollipop or something.


it's been done...

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2013-01-29 03:16:49 PM
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Skr
2013-01-29 03:19:35 PM

Diogenes: But enough about my zits...


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ACNE!


/different tiny toons tie in
 
2013-01-29 03:52:19 PM
the article is wrong because babies are disgusting, filthy creatures which shouldn't elicit a reaction from anyone ever. My dog on the other hand might be the cutest animal on the face of the earth.

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2013-01-29 03:55:47 PM

ModernPrimitive01: the article is wrong because babies are disgusting, filthy creatures which shouldn't elicit a reaction from anyone ever. My dog on the other hand might be the cutest animal on the face of the earth.

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A challenger appears!
 
2013-01-29 04:33:14 PM
You know, when I see a cute animal, I don't really have the urge to squeeze it or touch it. I appreciate the reaction in my brain is happening, but I just don't have an overriding urge to touch it.
 
2013-01-29 04:39:04 PM
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/yesssss...
 
2013-01-29 04:47:25 PM
This same thing happened to me on the last seal hunt...
 
2013-01-29 04:51:39 PM
Parthenogenetic:

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I'm going to have to PS that picture sometime.
 
2013-01-29 04:52:10 PM
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2013-01-29 05:12:37 PM

grimnir: Using popped bubbles in bubble wrap as a measure of aggression? I'm not sure whether that's genius or insane, but I'm kind of leaning toward genius. It's cheap and provides an easily measurable, easily comparable metric for how much a person was squeezing a thing. Whoever thought of that and whoever approved its use in this manner deserves... I don't know. A lollipop or something.


Pffft... Pop Psychology.
 
2013-01-29 05:17:34 PM

CapeFearCadaver: So THAT'S why my ex went all volatile! He just couldn't handle my constant cuteness... D'Awww.


You should post or send pics imho..

/eip
 
2013-01-29 05:29:50 PM
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Cute animal thread!
 
2013-01-29 05:51:11 PM

grimnir: Using popped bubbles in bubble wrap as a measure of aggression? I'm not sure whether that's genius or insane, but I'm kind of leaning toward genius. It's cheap and provides an easily measurable, easily comparable metric for how much a person was squeezing a thing. Whoever thought of that and whoever approved its use in this manner deserves... I don't know. A lollipop or something.


I was involved in a similar weird experiment in college. One of the requirements for the intro to psychology course was that we had to participate in the grad students' experiments. The one I was involved in went like this:

They asked the other student (a stranger) and me to type about our goals and dreams, at least 150 words. They then had us take a 25 question "test" that required us to select the oldest looking person out of four portraits. I was then informed that I got it correct 90% of the time, and the stranger got it right 20% of the time. They then asked us about our life goals for the second time.

The point of the study was to determine if having an idiot sitting next to you made you feel better about yourself- we were both told that the other scored 20%. Thing is, the test was such a non-sequitor for me it was really bothering me. I lost respect for pop psychology in general, and I never believe "results" unless the conditions of the study are described and seem plausible.
 
2013-01-29 05:58:27 PM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Parthenogenetic:

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I'm going to have to PS that picture sometime.


Goo thing it is not Rugbyjock saying that.
 
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