When Did People First Start Clapping to Show Appreciation?

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When Did People First Start Clapping to Show Appreciation?

If you watch an amazing performance, what do you do? If you're a polite member of society, you likely clap your hands (or give a "woo!"). But why do we clap our hands together to show approval? As it turns out, clapping is a learned behavior. Babies will clap when they discover that their hands can make a fun noise, but parents must teach them to clap for enthusiasm. Some say clapping goes back to the dawn of humanity, while others points towards documentation in the Bible. Uncover other theories in the following video.Is there something you're curious about? Send us a note or email us at editors (at) curiosity.com. And follow Curiosity on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Toddlers And Dogs Really Are Similar—We Have Proof

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Toddlers And Dogs Really Are Similar—We Have Proof

Your dog and your two-year-old nephew seem very similar. They both look up at you with big, sweet eyes or, you know... throw a tantrum in public until you give them a peacekeeping cookie. The comparisons are endless: they have lots of energy, know how to make a mess, like sticking random objects in their mouths, etc. And now, one study tells us what we've always thought to be true. Dogs really are similar to toddlers.Related: Your Dog Really Is Your Best Friend

Why Is Greenland An Island And Australia A Continent?

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Why Is Greenland An Island And Australia A Continent?

Other than their obvious climate differences, what makes Greenland an island and Australia a continent? Australia certainly has a greater population size, but Greenland is the largest island in the world after Australia. The distinction between an island and a continent is much more complicated than these factors. Deep dive into this topic in the following video.Is there something you're curious about? Send us a note or email us at editors (at) curiosity.com. And follow Curiosity on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

What Ever Happened To Saving The Rainforest?

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What Ever Happened To Saving The Rainforest?

Remember when environmentalists made a huge push for people to save the Amazon rainforest? What was once a major concern for the previous millennia, now feels like it has been pushed by the conservation wayside. So, did we do it? For a while, it seemed like we might have—but, not exactly. In the following video, discover more about the status of Earth's rainforests.Is there something you're curious about? Send us a note or email us at editors (at) curiosity.com. And follow Curiosity on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The Economics Of Beard Popularity In The US

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The Economics Of Beard Popularity In The US

We bet you can name five bearded men off the top of your head—maybe even ten? Beards are perhaps at peak popularity in the United States, but this facial hair trend isn't new. In fact, it may be closely tied to trends in economics. In the following video, discover how beards are associated with capitalism. Then, learn more about their historical significance.Is there something you're curious about? Send us a note or email us at editors (at) curiosity.com. And follow Curiosity on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Do You Look Like Your Name? Probably.

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Do You Look Like Your Name? Probably.

You were born with an identity crisis. Your parents named you Brooke, but apparently you "don't look like a Brooke." Instead, most people agree that you fit your middle name, Ann. So, Ann it is. But why? According to a February 2017 study, there's a reason why we attribute certain traits to certain names. And, to take it a step further, a person's name might even influence their facial appearance. Whoa.Related: What Does Your Name Say About You?

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Key Facts to Know

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    A study found a correlation between boys with traditionally girls' names had more difficulties in school. 0:46

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    Peoples' names are linked to social status and other societal aspirations. 1:46

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    Names can have a psychological affect on one's self-perception and overall mental health. 2:08