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whenever i see these post-apocalyptic films set in the USA where everyone is pretty much just killing each other with no mention of other nations i always just assume that the rest of the world is fine and has learnt how to resume life as normal
Shailene Woodley wrote about John Green for Time’s “The 100 Most Influential People,” 2014 [link].
1. I am so thrilled to have been named to the 2014 TIME 100. Shai’s essay is so kind and generous. That sentence about planets and moons is a lovely goal for us all to reach toward. Now, that said, I’m no prophet. I’m a guy who not too long ago tried to wax his chin.
2. Do I really look like that illustration?
“Oh, we eat plenty of things. Perhaps I can bring you food from our ship and you can try some human food yourself. And that’s used in the hair, instead of a fork.” He takes it and shows Alfred how a brush is used, brushing out his own soaking hair. “Would you like me to brush out your hair?”Arthur can’t hold back a smile, such naïvety is rather cute. And, of course, so is the sight of a merman wearing a vase. “I’m afraid not… I doubt items of fashion would last long underwater, they’d be much too fragile. This is called a fork, and it’s used in eating. And that is a vase, it’s used to keep flowers alive for longer. Hats are made of softer stuff, the same sort that my clothing is made of. Here, I can let you try on my hat when we return to the surface, if you like. And maybe I can bring you a little something off my ship to add to your collection, how does that sound?”
"Woah, really?" Alfred asked as he took the vase off and set it down. He picked up the fork. "So… How do you eat with it? Don’t you guys just go down to the stream and catch the fish with your mouths?" He asked confusedly. "Do you use this to gut them? Or spear them?" He asked, inspecting it closely, blue eyes squinting at the object. "Hmmm… Seems kinda small for spearing…"Arthur is trying quite hard to not laugh, despite the mental image of humans catching fish with their mouths like bears. “N-no, we use other things to catch fish, like nets and fishing poles, and we don’t eat fish raw… Forks, like what you have there, are used so that the hands can stay clean, and perhaps merfolk can eat fish raw, but we have to cook the fish to keep from getting sick. Anyways, humans eat a lot more than just fish.” It’s relaxing, somehow, just talking with Alfred.
Alfred handed him the fork, amazed. “Wait, what else do you eat besides fish and fruit?” He asked, confused. He reached out onto his shelf and grabbed a waterlogged hairbrush. “What’s this for? I can’t think of one way to use it!” He exclaimed as he held it out.
I was just playing octodad… Why was there a piranha at my wedding?
When Aderonke was outed as a lesbian in Nigeria, she was arrested, tortured, and sentenced to death, forced to watch her family be killed first.
She fled to the UK to seek asylum. But after a humiliating interrogation where UK officials refused to believe she was a “real” lesbian, a judge is now poised to send Aderonke back to Nigeria… where she’ll be killed.We still have a chance to save her. The UK Home Office has just announced plans to reevaluate the process they use for LGBT asylum cases, but reform won’t come in time to help — unless we can convince Secretary Theresa May to halt deportations first!
Map of the World by Natural Skin Color
i’m really dumbfounded that i never realized skin colour is literally just caused by being closer to or farther from the equator and the resulting sun exposure and skin darkening
actually, its an adaptation. natural selection. people with darker skin are selected for in areas near the equator, where the melanin that causes the darker color protects them from radiation and protects them from skin cancer and other health defects, and because they are healthier they can pass on that trait more. people near the poles have lighter skin because it allows them absorb more of the limited sunlight to convert to vitamin d.
THIS IS THE THING SOME PEOPLE HATE OTHER PEOPLE OVER.
Evolution of melanin levels based on geographical location.
Reblogging for the last comment.
second to last comment was dope, and very true.
but for real, is the reason behind skin color really not common knowledge? I mean….
there seems to be some assumption going on that darker skin is the adaptation.
in fact, darker skin is the ‘original flavor’. but evolution likes to get rid of traits that aren’t needed, especially if they cost energy, and maintaining a melanin shield is expensive. we also need sunlight to synthesize vitamin D, and melanin blocks that. so in latitudes that get less sunlight, folks evolved to produce less melanin.
vitamin D deficiency is actually a problem for dark-skinned people living in areas with long, dark winters, btw. take your vitamins!
light-colored eyes are also an adaptation to less sunlight. if real life was like science fiction, blue-eyed people could see in the dark. but reality’s not that cool.