Koko the Gorilla Crying following death of her Friend Robin Williams
News of Robin Williams' untimely death hit particularly close to home for famed sign language gorilla Koko, who handlers say was moved nearly to tears by the somber mood shared by all at her Northern California home. Staff at the Gorilla Foundation were, like much of America, in mourning after hearing the news Monday. Williams visited their center in 2001 and quickly befriended Koko, making her laugh for the first time in six months. So when they explained to Koko, who is fluent in American Sign Language, that a dear friend of the center had died, she soon became sad and is pictured sitting hunched over with a quivering lip. Koko even signed the words 'cry lip' -- lip being her word for woman -- as she watched staff reacting to the news. 'She became extremely sad,' Koko's caretaker Dr. Penny Patterson wrote on Koko.org. Footage from the day Koko and Williams met is as uplifting as his suicide is tragic. The actor arrived there as a stranger to the gorilla with a personal interest in ape conservation. He left as Koko's friend. They truly appeared to bond as the gorilla insisted on Williams tickling her and tried on his eyeglasses much to his delight. Koko's smiles, which were all caught on camera, were the first in months since her good friend -- a 27-year-old gorilla named Michael -- had passed away. 'Robin’s ability to just "hang out" with Koko, a gorilla, and in minutes become one of her closest friends, was extraordinary and unforgettable,' Dr. Patterson wrote. Now the story has come full circle and Koko has lost another friend, though she'll forever have the memories of the time the funnyman lifted her up in dark times. 'Not only did Robin cheer up Koko,' said Patterson, 'the effect was mutual, and Robin seemed transformed.'
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Career Focused Women Have "Egg Freezing Parties"
We've all heard the phrase "your biological clock is ticking" but one company is helping career focused women hit the snooze. EggBanxxx sponsored a party, appropriately called "Let's Chill," that gave New York City women information on how to freeze their eggs until their ready to have kids. “I don’t have a significant other . . . but I hope to one day and have kids,” attendee 35-year-old Donna Kanze, who's already signed up for egg freezing, told the "New York Post." “I want to take my fertility into my own hands, rather than put pressure on the person I have my next relationship with.” Eggbanxxx prices however around $7-thousand, which is about half what they claim other companies charge. ("New York Post")
ONCE A CHEATER, ALWAYS A CHEATER
According to a new study from the University of Denver, cheaters are three-and-a-half times more likely to stray in future relationships. That’s right. Once a cheater, always a cheater. Researchers also found that people who have been cheated on once are also more likely to get cheated on again. The study seems to prove that people can't -- or won't -- learn from relationship mistakes. (Metro)