Posted 3 hours ago

swonb:

ambulanceinertia:

Why do some Targets have those big red concrete orbs out in front of them what purpose do those big red concrete orbs serve

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There is a term for this, and I cannot think what it is now, but, essentially, it’s to keep cars off the sidewalk.

I remember when those sorts of things started popping up all over the place (in the U.S.) after the Oklahoma City bombing. I remember because my dad worked in the Federal building in KC at the time and it was really reassuring to me as a kid to know those were there. Still is, even if I am well aware they couldn’t do jack against people bent on destruction and violence.

Posted 3 hours ago

catagator:

If you’re looking for a way to do something for the people and community of Ferguson, perhaps write a check to their library. 

The address is to the library, this information is from their director, and they don’t have a way to accept anything other than a check at the moment.

We’ve seen what a sanctuary the library has become.

Posted 3 hours ago

rice-field-education:

sprinkleofhelbig:

frankysplait:

glowcloud:

i love the Women Against Feminism that are like “I dont need feminism because i can admit i need my husband to open a jar for me and thats ok!” cause listen 1. get a towel 2. get the towel damp 3. put it on the lid and twist. BAM now men are completely useless. you, too, can open a jar. time to get a divorce

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SUE

SUE PERKINS IS LOVE SUE PERKINS IS LIFE

Posted 23 hours ago
tony-the-intelligent-goon:

ashiibaka:

Science.

I can’t tell what my favorite part is, but it’s either
scientists wasting budget and time to see if ants count their steps
the idea to put ants on stilts
there had to be a guy who made ant stilts and put them on the ants
confused ants

tony-the-intelligent-goon:

ashiibaka:

Science.

I can’t tell what my favorite part is, but it’s either

  • scientists wasting budget and time to see if ants count their steps
  • the idea to put ants on stilts
  • there had to be a guy who made ant stilts and put them on the ants
  • confused ants

(Source: memewhore)

Posted 1 day ago

matociquala:

Cheesy beans on toast flavored crisps!

I’ve been dying to find these since we found out about them on the first or second day in the UK. And here, finally, at Heathrow, they are!

I amused the clerk with my squeal of delight when I located them.

They do indeed taste like cheesy beans on toast. It’s surreal.

Ranch… Raccoon?

Posted 2 days ago

At the groceries store

calakazam:

toyota:

Me: can u give me x²+4y+ of tomatoes & 2(x²+8xy^3) of potatoes please

Seller: I dont understand

Me: well i dont give a fuck i didnt study in vain

those are polynomials you asked for a neverending curve of tomatoes

I… I want a never ending curve of tomatoes. Yes. Please. Yes.

(Tomato graph source: http://www.tomatosphere.org/teacher-resources/teachers-guide/principal-investigation/observations.cfm)

Posted 2 days ago

carlsagan:

unclepolymer:

Pusheen the cat making some chemistry.

That cat is not wearing safety goggles, he hasn’t even bothered to clean up that spilled solvent, and he is holding that Erlenmeyer flask way to close to his face.

Pusheen the Cat, more like Pusheen the limits of lab safety

Posted 2 days ago

referencemixologist:

playswithbooks:

referencemixologist:

How does a robot turn into a zombie????

Battery runs down, but it just keeps going? Like that Energizer Rabbit.

In context, the robot was helping these humans escape from zombies. The zombies attacked/tackled down the robot. The humans leave it behind and a few minutes later in the movie, the robot comes back covered in blood trying to kill the humans it was helping.

It was weird, but it’s a SyFy movie so…

Ohhhhhh. Well. In that case, the zombies were just really good at programming, but only computer viruses that override Asimov’s laws. Probably.

Posted 3 days ago

earthstory:

An Underwater Waterfall?

The Island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean hosts a truly remarkable sight. Just off the coast there appears to be an underwater waterfall. This phenomenon is most prominent when looked at from an aerial view, as in this image.

Now, fluid dynamics can produce some wondrous effects, but, is cold dense water responsible for this phenomenon?

Nope, but there’s still a cool explanation which delves into the topography of the sea floor.

Mauritius is located at the southern edge of the Mascarene Plateau, a prominent shelf which can be seen in this image. The depth of the water above the shelf ranges from around 8-150 metres. However, where that shelf ends, there is a massive plunge into the Ocean depths. How massive? We’re talking from going from 150 metres to many thousands of metres.

What you’re witnessing, that looks like an underwater waterfall, is actually sand from the shores of Mauritius being driven via ocean currents off of that high, coastal shelf, and down into the darker ocean depths off the southern tip of the island.

-Jean

This is making me dizzy.

Posted 3 days ago

You guys gave me a Hugo tonight!

maryrobinette:

Me with a HugoI am not terribly coherent, but “Lady Astronaut of Mars” received a Hugo tonight. Thank you, all of you.

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frequentlydefiant

Posted 3 days ago

referencemixologist:

How does a robot turn into a zombie????

Battery runs down, but it just keeps going? Like that Energizer Rabbit.

Posted 3 days ago

archiemcphee:

Plenty of people know how to crochet and knit, but how many of them do it underwater? Polish yarn-bombing artist Olek (previously featured here) recently undertook an awesome new artistic adventure in the Caribbeans creating an installation in the waters off Isla Mujeres, Mexico off the coast of Cancun, home to a large population of whale sharks. To voice her concern about the ongoing decline of the global shark population, Olek used her signature vibrant camouflage-patterned crochet to cover two sculptures in Isla Mujeres’ underwater musuem, Museo Subacuatico de Arte (MUSA).

The MUSA is an underwater sculpture park created to encourage the natural growth of coral reefs and has been open to the public since 2010 (though scuba diving skills are a must to be able to go see it).

For the project, Olek used safe, biodegradable materials and colors that mimic the reds, yellows and browns of the coral reef. The artist was inspired by a quote from Jason DeCaires Taylor, the original sculptor of the pieces in the MUSA, comparing the global oceans’ health to a ticking time bomb as ecosystems decline from overfishing and pollution. She specifically chose to crochet the bomb sculptures as a symbol of solidarity and call for environmental protection.

After finishing the installation Olek collaborated with Tre Packard of Pangeaseed on a stunning underwater photo shoot of divers wearing crocheted mermaid tails, bodysuits and butterfly wings.

Visit Hi-Fructose for additional images.

[via Hi-Fructose]

Posted 4 days ago
  1. What they say to kids who want pets: Are you sure you're not just saying you want one because all your friends have one? Remember, it's not going to be small and cute forever, it will grow up eventually! It's a living being that will depend entirely on you for the rest of its life. Are you really sure you're ready for this?
  2. What they say to adults who DON'T want kids: Oh, you'll want one sooner or later. Everybody does, after all. Besides, babies are soooo cute, aren't they? You'd better hurry up before you get too old!
Posted 4 days ago

kenbocalrissian:

fetch26291:

itsjustafantasyfortwo:

hobopoppins:

manaphy:

wow I didn’t know fuckin chocolate eggs were gendered

OKAY LET ME TELL YOU A STORY ABOUT THE FUCKING PINK EGGS.

I work at a concession stand in an ice rink. We sell a bunch of chocolate bars and snacks and shit including Kinder Surprise eggs.

So one day this woman comes up to the counter with her two little kids, a girl who’s probably about 6 or 7 and a little boy, maybe 3 or 4. The mom asks what they want, the little girl points at the Kinder eggs and says “One of those!”. I asked if she wanted the white or the pink egg. She said pink. The little boy pointed to the Kinder eggs and says “One of those!”. I asked if he wanted the white or the pink egg. He said pink. HOLY SHIT IT WAS LIKE I OPENED THE GATES OF HELL. The mom absolutely FLIPPED and was like “YOU ARE NOT GETTING THE PINK EGG IT’S ONLY FOR GIRLS. YOU CAN GET THE WHITE ONE OR NOTHING AT ALL”. The little boy looked at his mom and said “But I want the same as ______ (whatever the sister’s name was)”. The mom completely ignored him and turned to me and gave me a death glare. “He can have the white egg.”

I had to give a little boy a white egg when he wanted the pink so that he could be the same as his big sister and he started crying. The mom just reiterated that the pink egg was for girls and told him that boys don’t cry.

And this is why we shouldn’t gender fucking chocolate eggs.

I remember when Mcdonalds happy meals used to have gendered boxes with different toys for girls and boys. (Barbies in the pink ones and Hot Wheels or the like in the blue ones).

Anyway, My mum used to always let me choose which toy I wanted because as a child I never used to like dolls - so some of the time I wanted the ‘boy’ toy instead of the dolly. I remember going to Mcdonalds with my friend and her parents one day, and in the ‘girls’ happy meal it was polly pocket or something like that - but in the ‘boys’ box you got some K’nex building set (which my around seven year old self thought was the coolest thing ever. loved K’nex and had a big box of the stuff at home.)

I remember saying to my friends mum - she was pretty strict compared to my mum - that I didn’t want the girl toy; and I wanted the one with the k’nex. I got shouted at in the middle of a busy Mcdonalds that “You can’t have the boy one, that’s for boy’s you’re not a boy are you?! You can have the girl toy that you should be playing with like Laura (her daughter) is having!” I told her that my mum always let me choose and she shouted again that my mum shouldn’t be letting me play with boy toys anyway. 

I cried and made her take me home and nobody got mcdonalds that day. The next day my mum took me back to mcdonalds and bought me the K’nex happy meal that I wanted, and I was never allowed back at my friends house for tea. I took it hard (being six/seven) but understood because her mum was a ‘meanie.’ 

Moral of the story - Not every little girl wants the fucking pink toy and not every little boy wants the blue toy and adults should not force them to adhere to their gender stereotyping; If a boy wants a kitchen playset for his birthday buy him the fucking playset and not the trains that you want to buy him. 

The absolutely craziest thing about the whole “Pink is for Girls” thing? Up until the early 20th century, pink was a masculine color and blue was feminine.  But by the 1920s, not only were they putting girls in pink, they were also telling women to be skinny. When they were previously told that big was beautiful.  WWI did a lot more to our society then they tell you in school.

You guys are hating on the pink eggs, but ignoring the parents screaming at their children in public?

My take on this whole thing: The hate’s going the wrong direction.  It’s not the toy’s fault for being gendered; It’s the parents’ for ingraining gender stereotypes into their children, and doing so in a manner that’s both traumatizing and life-changing.

Let Kinder make their pink eggs with their dress-up dolls, and let McD’s have their Barbie happy meals, because it is a genuinely distinct difference in choice between toys and there are genuinely distinct markets for them.  The toys are not forcing their gender distinction on the children.  They are merely presenting a choice, the likes of which that are necessary for every child to make as they begin to develop their identity.

What we SHOULD be doing is reprimanding those parents for FORCING their children to choose one over the other.  The fault lies on those ENFORCING the gender stereotypes moreso than those suggesting them.

Consider this: Your solution to the problem is to remove the choice of toys altogether in order to eliminate the controversy before it starts.  Were we to apply this solution to everything, the world would quickly become a homogeneous place, trying as hard as it can to be inoffensive so as not to antagonize anybody, while those who were actually causing the problem get by without reprimand, feeling overly justified in their cause and eager for the next thing to plant their flags in.

…Sounds eerily familiar, doesn’t it?

Wait. What? You can have a choice in toys without conforming to rigid gender stereotypes.

Obviously bulky parents are not good, but there’s no reason for every inch of society to present children with an either/or gender identity. Kids aren’t dumb, they pick up on that shit, even without bully parents.

Posted 5 days ago

frequentlydefiant:

invisiblecircus:

jessiedoodles:

Why does it take actual effort to sound calm and normal during phone calls.

omg this

What helps is if you plan out what you’re gonna say, and then consider what your conversation partner might say in response to that, and so on, and ya know try to come up with all possible reactions and then game out each track the conversation could take ever in your head and spend time rehearsing so you make sure you get it right and then five hours later you’ve made the perfect phone call. Or passed out. Both are acceptable.

Wait, wait, wait! I thought you did that *after* the conversation? So that you’re ready the next time? DAMMIT!