gwenlightened:

I want this written across my ceiling.

irrreversibility:

boys cry
girls masturbate
boys can like pink and not be gay
girls can have short hair and not be a lesbian
boys can like ballet
girls can like video games
boys can be hot without a six pack
girls can be hot without a hairless body
boys can have hair down to their waists
girls can have stretch marks, curves and back fat

gender doesn’t determine what you can and cannot enjoy, what you can and cannot look like or what you can and cannot do

oplik:

Robin and I went up to Mt. Washington a second night. These were taken August 21st. We walked down the trail in Paradise Meadows. The first time we went a few days before we didn’t really walk down the trail, just stayed near the parking lot where there was a very big white light. It created a cool foreground lighting effect but I wanted to go where it was darker. So the second time we walked down the trail until we found a decent clearing. We only stayed about an hour and a half compared to our 2 and a half hours a few days before. I was much more paranoid about cougars and with my camera dead and the humidity so high it was getting rough to use the telescope too.

The first picture was taken pointing North East, to the middle far right of the picture you can catch a glimpse of Andromeda.

The second picture was facing South East towards the Sagittarius region (which is behind the trees). I have about 5 of these shots but I caught a great shooting star in this one.

The next two are facing almost perfectly north towards the north star. The first was the picture I took to make sure I liked where I was aimed and then I took a 20 minute exposure. I made a silly mistake and forgot to turn the ISO down from 1600 to 100 so the original picture looks brighter than daytime! I decided to mess around with it anyway and was actually able to pull something pretty decent out of it.

The last picture is pointing in the same region as the first, but landscape. Andromeda is in the mid-right of the picture now. In the back you can see some glowing clouds, which are light because of the resort lights in that direction.

crazycritterlife:

stonedpervert:

thelittlestonedfox:

I usually don’t reblog these but oh my god

i love retail robin

That bird is on point.

After working at retail, this all makes sense now haha

rhamphotheca:

Tardigrades (Water Bears/Moss Piglets): 

These ambling, eight-legged microscopic “bears of the moss” are cute, ubiquitous, all but indestructible and a model organism for education

by William R. Miller

The young woman in my office doorway is inquiring about the summer internship I am offering. What’s a tardigrade? she asks…

Tardigrades, I reply, are microscopic, aquatic animals found just about everywhere on Earth. Terrestrial species live in the interior dampness of moss, lichen, leaf litter and soil; other species are found in fresh or salt water.

They are commonly known as water bears, a name derived from their resemblance to eight-legged pandas. Some call them moss piglets and they have also been compared to pygmy rhinoceroses and armadillos. On seeing them, most people say tardigrades are the cutest invertebrate.

At one time water bears were candidates to be the main model organism for studies of development. That role is now held most prominently by the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans, the object of study for the many distinguished researchers following in the trail opened by Nobel Prize laureate Sydney Brenner, who began working on C. elegans in 1974. Water bears offer the same virtues that have made C. elegans so valuable for developmental studies: physiological simplicity, a fast breeding cycle and a precise, highly patterned development plan…

(read more: American Scientist)

images: Eye of Science/Photo Researchers and Dr. David J. Patterson/Photo Researchers. Illustration at bottom by Tom Dunne, adapted from a figure by the author.

  • 14 years old: I'm young but I know what I want. This isn't that hard, I'm all grown up already and have everything figured out.
  • 17 years old: Well, this is a little harder than I thought. School is almost ending. What am I going to do with my life?
  • 21 years old: What the fuck is going on? Where are my socks?
spaceexp:

IC1101 Biggest known galaxy in the universe

spaceexp:

IC1101 Biggest known galaxy in the universe

cinoh:

Mars as seen by Rosseta during a gravity assist

cinoh:

Mars as seen by Rosseta during a gravity assist

original-plastic:

Homosexuality is unnatural! It says so in this book where snakes talk, people come back from the dead, a guy walks on water, and a virgin has a baby.

iammyfather:

pathsforgotten:

thefartinourstarss:

kazard:

residentfeline:

how do cats even work

Cats:
A cat can jump up to five times its own height in a single bound.
The little tufts of hair in a cat’s ear that help keep out dirt direct sounds into the ear, and insulate the ears are called “ear furnishings.”
The ability of a cat to find its way home is called “psi-traveling.” Experts think cats either use the angle of the sunlight to find their way or that cats have magnetized cells in their brains that act as compasses.
One reason that kittens sleep so much is because a growth hormone is released only during sleep.
A cat has 230 bones in its body. A human has 206. A cat has no collarbone, so it can fit through any opening the size of its head.
A cat’s nose pad is ridged with a unique pattern, just like the fingerprint of a human.
If they have ample water, cats can tolerate temperatures up to 133 °F.
A cat’s heart beats nearly twice as fast as a human heart, at 110 to 140 beats a minute.
 Cats don’t have sweat glands over their bodies like humans do. Instead, they sweat only through their paws.
The claws on the cat’s back paws aren’t as sharp as the claws on the front paws because the claws in the back don’t retract and, consequently, become worn.
Cats make about 100 different sounds. Dogs make only about 10.
Researchers are unsure exactly how a cat purrs. Most veterinarians believe that a cat purrs by vibrating vocal folds deep in the throat. To do this, a muscle in the larynx opens and closes the air passage about 25 times per second.
A cat almost never meows at another cat, mostly just humans. Cats typically will spit, purr, and hiss at other cats.
A cat’s back is extremely flexible because it has up to 53 loosely fitting vertebrae. Humans only have 34.
Some cats have survived falls of over 65 feet (20 meters), due largely to their “righting reflex.” The eyes and balance organs in the inner ear tell it where it is in space so the cat can land on its feet. Even cats without a tail have this ability.
A cat can travel at a top speed of approximately 31 mph (49 km) over a short distance.
A cat’s hearing is better than a dog’s. And a cat can hear high-frequency sounds up to two octaves higher than a human.
A cat’s brain is biologically more similar to a human brain than it is to a dog’s. Both humans and cats have identical regions in their brains that are responsible for emotions.
And that’s how cats work.

"One reason that kittens sleep so much is because a growth hormone is released only during sleep." You’re telling me if I don’t let my kitten sleep I’ll have a forever kitten?

Two things: Cats being biologically similar to humans, very important. Especially considering they can feel emotions EXACTLY as we can. Meaning, your cat has more feeling than you do probably because you’ve become desensitized while your cat has not.
And also, don’t you fucking dare try to deprive your cat of sleep just so you can force it to stay small, that’s called animal abuse. If you’d like me to demonstrate the concept, I’ll break your feet and bind them in wraps, so that they heal deformed and you can never walk again, because I think your retarded ass would look better deformed for my viewing pleasure.

First time I’ve seen a reference to Chinese Foot Binding in years.

iammyfather:

pathsforgotten:

thefartinourstarss:

kazard:

residentfeline:

how do cats even work

Cats:

  • A cat can jump up to five times its own height in a single bound.
  • The little tufts of hair in a cat’s ear that help keep out dirt direct sounds into the ear, and insulate the ears are called “ear furnishings.”
  • The ability of a cat to find its way home is called “psi-traveling.” Experts think cats either use the angle of the sunlight to find their way or that cats have magnetized cells in their brains that act as compasses.
  • One reason that kittens sleep so much is because a growth hormone is released only during sleep.
  • A cat has 230 bones in its body. A human has 206. A cat has no collarbone, so it can fit through any opening the size of its head.
  • A cat’s nose pad is ridged with a unique pattern, just like the fingerprint of a human.
  • If they have ample water, cats can tolerate temperatures up to 133 °F.
  • A cat’s heart beats nearly twice as fast as a human heart, at 110 to 140 beats a minute.
  •  Cats don’t have sweat glands over their bodies like humans do. Instead, they sweat only through their paws.
  • The claws on the cat’s back paws aren’t as sharp as the claws on the front paws because the claws in the back don’t retract and, consequently, become worn.
  • Cats make about 100 different sounds. Dogs make only about 10.
  • Researchers are unsure exactly how a cat purrs. Most veterinarians believe that a cat purrs by vibrating vocal folds deep in the throat. To do this, a muscle in the larynx opens and closes the air passage about 25 times per second.
  • A cat almost never meows at another cat, mostly just humans. Cats typically will spit, purr, and hiss at other cats.
  • A cat’s back is extremely flexible because it has up to 53 loosely fitting vertebrae. Humans only have 34.
  • Some cats have survived falls of over 65 feet (20 meters), due largely to their “righting reflex.” The eyes and balance organs in the inner ear tell it where it is in space so the cat can land on its feet. Even cats without a tail have this ability.
  • A cat can travel at a top speed of approximately 31 mph (49 km) over a short distance.
  • A cat’s hearing is better than a dog’s. And a cat can hear high-frequency sounds up to two octaves higher than a human.
  • A cat’s brain is biologically more similar to a human brain than it is to a dog’s. Both humans and cats have identical regions in their brains that are responsible for emotions.

And that’s how cats work.

"One reason that kittens sleep so much is because a growth hormone is released only during sleep." You’re telling me if I don’t let my kitten sleep I’ll have a forever kitten?

Two things: Cats being biologically similar to humans, very important. Especially considering they can feel emotions EXACTLY as we can. Meaning, your cat has more feeling than you do probably because you’ve become desensitized while your cat has not.

And also, don’t you fucking dare try to deprive your cat of sleep just so you can force it to stay small, that’s called animal abuse. If you’d like me to demonstrate the concept, I’ll break your feet and bind them in wraps, so that they heal deformed and you can never walk again, because I think your retarded ass would look better deformed for my viewing pleasure.

First time I’ve seen a reference to Chinese Foot Binding in years.

It’s nearly time 

"No one is dumb who is curious. The people who don’t ask questions remain clueless throughout their lives."

Neil DeGrasse Tyson (via rebootsociety)

micdotcom:

Photographer uses female body hair to challenge traditional beauty standards

Ben Hopper has recently published a photo series of black and white portraits, each capturing beautiful women bearing armpit hair. Hopper notes on his blog: “Although armpit hair is a natural state, it has become a statement. Why is that? For almost a century we have been brainwashed by the beauty industry, encouraging hair removal.” 

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