What humans do clap for are live performances, songs, speeches, and birthday parties.
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Lucas Neumann
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Good point. Clapping, as studied in orangutans, is now considered by anthropologists (or whatever they are) as a symbolic embrace. As such, an appearance after a performance, or an absence (orangutans), does seem to merit and warm ours hands into a slap-happy ‘Thank You’! Good point.

One clap, two clap, three clap, forty?

By clapping more or less, you can signal to us which stories really stand out.