Born to be wild

Hanging out with that Jane Goodall tramp again? Researchers who have measured well-being in great apes, such as chimps and orangutans, say that middle-aged simians often experience a midlife crisis, much like some humans do, displaying negative moods, a lack of pleasure in social situations and little success in achieving goals.

Other signs of midlife crisis in apes: Grooming and eating bugs off younger, sexier apes; trading in the family swinging vine for a convertible vine; and running off with the human researcher who was so kind to ask about your well-being.

Going rogue: Astronomers have found a Jupiter-sized planet that is drifting alone and not orbiting a star.

Typically, the solitary planets are about 45 billion years old, can be moody and flirt with planets half their age.

Ding Dong, the Twinkie isn’t dead: A judge has ordered Hostess and its bakers union into mediation to attempt to resolve its contract impasse, ruling that the company had acted too quickly to go out of business and liquidate its assets. A deal could save the company, its jobs and keep the Twinkies coming (Page A6).

If so, and you’ve stockpiled cases of snake cakes to make a killing on eBay, your Twinkies need not go to waste; the creme-filled sponge cakes have an R-value similar to fiberglass insulation.

More in Opinion

Editorial cartoons for Tuesday, Dec. 12

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Robinson: Black reporter of civil rights era an inspiration

If Simeon Booker could brave lynch mobs, today’s reporters can withstand Trump’s tweets.

Saunders: Nothing sacred in a year-old designation of monument

Why shouldn’t Trump be able to undo what Obama created just a year ago by executive order?

Harrop: Give president credit for good economy; thanks, Obama

The economy’s gains during Trump’s first year have benefited mostly from the inertia of Obama’s terms.

Other voices: Let states lower Medicaid prescription drug prices

If Congress won’t take action to lower prescription drug prices, allow the states to take the lead.

Welcome home to the sailors of Kidd and Shoup

What a beautiful and inspiring picture on the front page of the… Continue reading

How can sexual harassment fund in Congress be kept secret?

How can Congress justify making secret payments to settle claims of sexual… Continue reading

Editorial cartoons for Monday, Dec. 11

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Editorial: Yet another owner for The Everett Clinic

After its brief time with DaVita, uncertainty returns for the clinic with its sale to an insurer.

Most Read