Why monkey brains tell me you can only have 150 friends

May 10, 2008

This is a fascinating and funny article explaining the Dunbar number – the maximum practical number of real ‘friend’ relationships you can sustain at any given moment in time.

What is the Monkeysphere? | Cracked.com

Think about this the next time you get really pissed off in traffic, when you start throwing finger gestures and wedging your head out of the window to scream, “LEARN TO FUCKING DRIVE, FUCKER!!” Try to imagine acting like that in a smaller group. Like if you’re standing in an elevator with two friends and a coworker, and the friend goes to hit a button and accidentally punches the wrong one. Would you lean over, your mouth two inches from her ear, and scream “LEARN TO OPERATE THE FUCKING ELEVATOR BUTTONS, SHITCAMEL!!”

They’d think you’d gone insane. We all go a little insane, though, when we get in a group larger than the Monkeysphere. That’s why you get that weird feeling of anonymous invincibility when you’re sitting in a large crowd, screaming curses at a football player you’d never dare say to his face.


Today’s Tweets

May 10, 2008
  • 07:58 I find it interesting that still, many years on, I tend to choose the black underwear on Fridays "just in case" – that’s RHPS for you 🙂 #
  • 08:07 About to take the kids to school 30 min early – Mr10 has decided to join the choir! #
  • 08:33 @stilgherrian hippo bird-day two ewes #
  • 09:21 It would be so much easier on everyone involved if we could staple school hats to the children. #
  • 11:11 @ToG @Just_K is the scooter still on eBay? Shoot me the URL for pimping out if you want… #
  • 12:12 twitpic.com/wdg <- Morning tea #
  • 13:40 Nearly home 🙂 just finishing a break near the Brickpit Ringwalk while organising an Iron Man outing via email. Now back on my bike! #
  • 14:24 @liubinskas @dekrazee1 Macquarie Dictionary Online is behind a $26.95/yr paywall tinyurl.com/5qcpem #
  • 14:37 @RichardGiles sleep in your chair with an arm on one of the pokies at Star City Casino? #
  • 14:41 @mattdelves I don’t have any such fancy tech on my bike, but if I did it would certainly read below 1,000 km 🙂 I am a @fatc, you see. #
  • 15:01 Ohh! Can has Gold Star from teh ceiling cat! Thx to @stevemills and @hnrym as my two latest followers! #
  • 15:16 Looking back at this morning’s bike ride I see @brightkite didn’t quite ‘get’ my location updates & my pics didn’t come here w/privacy on. #
  • 15:32 R2D2 DVD Projector movie – Retweet: @netwurker o. m. f. g. how *much* do i want 1? [think: 1st born sacrificing]: tinyurl.com/6fygtd #
  • 16:56 Now I have a house full of girls playing with pet rats. Mr 10 and I are a bit out-numbered at the moment. #
  • 17:03 @agronaught instead of the garage we’ll go to family astronomy night at UWS Nepean observatory tonight. See you there by 7pm? #
  • 17:06 @ssharwood these was a guy at BarCampSydney2 who was setting up a shared office thing in the city – it may have opened already. #
  • 17:10 @zuzu there’s always a simple reason you haven’t heard from them. Flat batteries must be number 1 these days. Oh for tiny nuclear batteries! #
  • 17:40 @crispynoodles will do mega rugage 🙂 Have you been to one of these? I’m not even sure where to find it … Will be much fun. #
  • 21:46 Had a great time at the astronomy night – now de-briefing at Krispy Kreme #

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