There’s a story told that Picasso always drew a sketch on the back of every check he sent to pay a bill. He knew that almost everyone would save the check without cashing it—because the picture made the check worth more than its face value.
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Comet ISON, discovered by two amateurs — one from Belarus, one from Russia — in September, shows early signs of being truly spectacular. At its brightest, in fact, ISON could put out as much light as the full Moon but concentrated into a smaller area — and if that turns out to be true, the term “dream comet,” now floating around the internet, would be an understatement.
New World vs. Old World monkeys
So you’ve probably learned how to tell an ape from a monkey, but do you know how to tell an Old World monkey from a New World one? You can probably guess where you can find them—Old World monkeys are found in Africa (primarily south of the Sahara) and East and Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent, while New World monkeys are found in Central and South America. But there are quite a few physical and behavioral difference between these groups which can help you tell them apart.
FACIAL FEATURES: Old World monkeys have nostrils that are close together that open forward or downward (like humans and other apes). New World monkeys’ nostrils are farther apart and open to the sides.
TAILS: A number of New World monkeys have prehensile tails (although not all). Old World monkeys do not have prehensile tails.
PADS: Old World monkeys have thick pads on their buttocks which act as cushions for sitting in the trees or on the ground. New World monkeys do not have these pads.
HANDS: Old World monkeys have opposable thumbs; New World monkeys’ thumbs are in line with their fingers.
Other differences that aren’t tied to appearance include care of young—in many New World species, pairs are monogamous and males help to care for young, while Old World monkeys tend to be less monogamous and males do not assist in caring for young (except for gibbons). Old World monkeys have color vision, while the Howler Monkey is the only New World monkey with color vision. Old World monkeys also live in a wider variety of habitats from rainforest to desert. New World monkeys also rely more heavily on fruit than Old World monkeys, which are more omnivorous—when they feed on vegetation they eat more foliage than fruit.