I had this thought as part of a “10 things” meme, but then it turned into this whole thing on its own.
I hate it when women say “Oh you need to have another, he needs to have a sibling. He’s going to be so lonely otherwise.”
It’s such a rude thing to say to a woman. You never know the reasons why a woman chooses (or may not be able to choose) to have a small or large family, or even no children at all. She might not be able to have more; her husband might not. She might not have, or want a husband. She might have had Postpartum Depression with the first, or have been traumatized by the birth. She might not have enough money to adopt. It’s even worse to passive-aggressively call her selfish for “choosing” this state you deem inadequate, and leave her with all that guilt, when you have no idea it may not be a choice she’s making at all.
And even if it is a choice, it’s her fucking choice and her fucking life. Live your own life and STFU.
Peacock Mantis Shrimp — He’s Baaaaack!
Tiny, deadly and gorgeous. That’s the peacock mantis shrimp, and we just placed one on exhibit in our Splash Zone galleries.
You’ll have to work a bit to see it. It’s housed — alone — in a small aquarium inside the Coral Crawl tunnel in Splash Zone. But it’s well worth the effort!
This is the first time we’ve hosted a mantis shrimp since 2001 when one of them stowed away inside some coral rock and earned us international headlines and live CNN coverage. (There’s something compelling about a “killer shrimp” terrorizing other animals in the children’s area of an internationally known aquarium.)
They pack quite a punch
Since then, we’ve been wary of deliberately introducing a mantis shrimp — and for good reason. Aquarists and scuba divers refer to them as “thumb-splitters” because their claws pack a punch as powerful as a .22-caliber bullet.
Those same claws can shatter a clam shell, and crack open a crab or shatter glass. They can bring down a blue-ringed octopus or a fish. The claws are made of a material so hard it can deliver 50,000 blows between molts - without breaking. It’s being studied by scientists as a model for crafting super-strong body armor for soldiers.
And it moves its claws so fast that they turn water into plasma and sound into light.
“A thermonuclear bomb of light and beauty”
But that’s not the end of the story, as celebrated cartoonist Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal explains in his online love-letter, “Why the mantis shrimp is my new favorite animal.”
He starts by examining the eyes that make them unbelievably effective hunters. Their vision is so sensitive that a mantis shrimp can see in both infrared and ultraviolet spectra, and uses 16 color receptor cones (compared to just three for humans).
Inman observes: “Where we see a rainbow, the mantis shrimp sees a thermonuclear bomb of light and beauty.”
It’s that combination of experiencing a world of transcendent beauty — and then turning around and pounding its prey to smithereens — that fascinates Matthew Inman.
We hope you’ll be fascinated, too, at the chance to see a peacock mantis shrimp face to face — on the other side of shatterproof acrylic.
Worried that the “female Viagra” could work too well? (Photo via Gabriel Delgado / Wikimedia Commons) Women looking to get their freak back may soon be able to pop a new breed of lust drug: Lybrido. But scientists developing the desire pill sometimes called “female Viagra” confided in one writer an
“More than one adviser to the industry told me that companies worried about the prospect that their study results would be too strong, that the F.D.A. would reject an application out of concern that a chemical would lead to female excesses, crazed binges of infidelity, societal splintering,” Bergner writes.
A big fat WHAT THE FUCK!?
They better keep us silly women folk in check, lest we lose control of our panties or something. :\
Tw: discussion of Sexual Assault, ‘Real Men’ bullshit
Omg you need to WATCH THIS TED TALK RIGHT NOW
It’s (almost entierly non-problematic) feminist: yes
It talks about social ques given to children through kid’s movies and the whole Magical Quest trope: yes
It talks about raising boys to respect women in a way that’s not just chilvarly: yes
It’s written by a man: yes
Watch, listen and learn, because this guy knows what he’s talking about. It’s important to teach the right lessons to both girls and boys.
This is fantastic, funny, and extremely true. Both girls and boys need to learn together that they’re equal, not just “girls can be powerful” and “boys can be powerful”. take a sec to watch this, dashboard!
“…the story where the boy is a hero, who defeats the villain through violence, and collects his reward, which is a woman with no friends and who doesn’t speak.”
WHAT A GOOD LINE THOUGH
This is why shows like Steven Universe and Adventure Time art important, because they show not only women engaged in powerful yet benevolent positions, but they show men and boys as strong not only in a physical sense but in an empathetic sense, and also unafraid to engage in femininity and be proud to associate with women.
another show that has this would be Bones… But we need MORE
no one is allowed to be sad today.
how to make an oc - by jam
LOL, yup, that’s pretty much how it goes!
just click, i promise you its not what you’re expecting.
A THOUSAND APPLAUSES
Oh my god best.
I wish I could reblog this thousands of times
What Kind of Asian Are You
My aunt posted this on facebook. Fuckin died almost
WHY IS THIS NOT VIRAL YET?
OMGGGG. Watch this.
I’m fucking dying.
We love this fan art created by heatherlovesdesign!