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Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland | OZZO Photography


Cuirass holed by a canonball at Waterloo Battle.





These are BEE FLIES!

Harmless to everything else, these precious little cutie pies sneak their eggs into beehives, where their larvae can parasitize bee larvae and eat their food reserves!

Simultaneously adorable and insidious!

fairy types.


Golden raspberries

I found a book meme!


Give me a letter and I will hold forth on one of the following topics:

A. Author You’ve Read The Most Books From
B. Best Sequel Ever
C. Currently Reading
D. Drink of Choice While Reading
E. E-Reader or Physical Books
F. Fictional Character You Would Have Dated In High School
G. Glad You Gave This Book A Chance
H. Hidden Gem Book
I. Important Moments of Your Reading Life
J. Just Finished
K. Kinds of Books You Won’t Read
L. Longest Book You’ve Read
M. Major Book Hangover Because Of
N. Number of Bookcases You Own
O. One Book That You Have Read Multiple Times
P. Preferred Place to Read
Q. Quote From A Book That Inspires You/Gives You Feelings
R. Reading Regret
S. Series You Started and Need to Finish
T. Three Of Your All-Time Favourite Books
U. Unapologetic Fangirl For
W. Worst Bookish Habit
V. Very Excited For This Release More Than Any Other
X. Marks The Spot (Start On Your Bookshelf And Count to the 27th Book)
Y. Your Latest Book Purchase
Z. ZZZ-Snatcher (last book that kept you up WAY late)

I am too tired to move from the sofa this evening, so give me one or more letters and I will talk Books.


The leatherback sea turtle is the largest of all sea turtles, and one of the largest reptiles on earth. Leatherbacks don’t have the crushing chewing plates characteristic of other sea turtles that feed on hard-bodied prey. They have downward curving spines (also known as papillae) in their mouth and throat(bottom photo) which help them to capture and swallow their prey.

Track: Lithium
Artist: Nirvana
Album: Nevermind


Nirvana - Lithium


An authentic postcard showing two sisters laid out in matching coffins. An inked inscription verso in a fine period hand identifies the girls as Claudia Severine Groth / Born Sept. 30, 1908 / Died Feb. 20, 1911 and Millie Cecelia / Born Dec. 25, 1910 / Died Feb. 21, 1911

I don’t think that everyone should become a mathematician, but I do believe that many students don’t give mathematics a real chance. I did poorly in math for a couple of years in middle school; I was just not interested in thinking about it.
I can see that without being excited mathematics can look pointless and cold. The beauty of mathematics only shows itself to more patient followers.
Interview with Maryam Mirzakhani, the brilliant Iranian mathematician who was the first woman to win the Fields Medal (via curiosamathematica) ←

439-442. Mercury Fastening His Heel-Wings by François Rude - Musée du Louvre, Paris


Ph.  Gustavo Andrade


CultureHISTORY: #Ferguson Protests - Magazine covers

Amazing images. The TIME & Bloomberg Businessweek cover photos were both taken by Scott Olson (Getty Images) who was arrested by the St. Louis PD during the protests and later released. The New Yorker painting was done by New York artist Eric Drooker.

#MikeBrown #DontShoot



The nail polish that changes color when exposed to date rape drugs.\

Learn about it here: http://bit.ly/1opqEev

I have been really torn about this.  At first I thought, “Huh, that’s a good idea!”  Then I saw the scientists were men.  Then I saw a bunch of good points floating around the internet.

  • This could result in more attempts to place the blame on the victim.  She wasn’t prepared, she didn’t defend herself, she didn’t plan ahead.  ”Why didn’t you test your drink first?” instead of telling the attacker, “Why did you think drugging and raping someone was a good idea?”
  • On that note, it’s erroneous to assume that potential targets of rape are girls who wear nail polish.
  • Stranger rape is far less common than acquaintance rape.  (That said, I had a friend who was once drugged by people she considered friends.)
  • These dudes get funding, but resources for victims (shelters, therapy, medical help, rape kits, prosecution) are VASTLY underfunded.
  • Bottom line, while I do believe these guys are doing good work from a good place, they fail to consider the wider context of rape culture.