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This was brought to my attention via Kelly Senecal (via Spike Jonze’s blog) and Tyler Hynes.

You probably don’t know those two guys. They don’t know each other.

None of that matters.

What matter is that, besides having me as a mutual friend, these guys have one other thing in common: they have a sense of wonder in spite of all the reasons not to.

They were talking about an awesome book so I wanted to know more. Turns out they weren’t talking about and awesome book, they were talking about THE “Awesome Book” (where the above panel came from)

It’s an illustrated kid’s book. Not something I jones for. At all. Like if  all the kids books in the world could spontaneously combust tomorrow and the only thing I’d be wondering about would be where to get a decent salad… and maybe why there’s a fire at Chapters.

But here is a kid’s book I not only read but loved enough to post something here to support the awesome. It

Check out the video below. Check out the site here.

Awesome.

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A video has been circulating recently that’s as funny as it is interesting.

Here’s the setup:

1. A child is put in a room on their own for 20 minutes.

2. They are given one tantalizing marshmallow to keep them company.

3. They can eat the marshmallow whenever they’d like BUT if they can wait for 20 miutes then they get another marshmallow – for a total of two.

An easy choice right? Not so much.

It’s turns out that it’s a kind of harmless, delicious torture.

Video is below for your lulz pleasure. The science behind this is fascinating – the geeky stuff follows the vid if you want to know more (and if you want to learn how not to screw up your whole life).

Click subtitles if you’d like (bottom left):

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This video is a recreation of a formal experiment that was run at Standford in the 60’s (popularized by Daniel Goleman) which used the exact same scenario to explore the human ability to embrace deferred gratification.

What’s cool is that, following the experiment, the Standford scientists tracked all of the subjects for decades. So what could a single marshmallow possibly change?

Your whole life.

Check out this video (from the ever amazing Ted) for the dramatic results:

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So what would I have done if I had been presented with this situation when I was 4?

I would’ve cried the minute my mom wasn’t around.

No I’m serious. I wish I was joking.